From the few reviews I have read, "Batman Begins" is not the best movie ever (not as good as the X-Men movies or Spiderman movies) but goes a long way to restoring respect to the DC Comics movie franchise. Next up, let’s see what "Superman Returns" is like in a year or so. That, to me, will be the big determining factor for how I view DC Comics movies going forward.
I am really looking forward to the release of "Batman Begins" here next week. I like the look of this prequel, it seems to be return to the very gothic look that characterised Batman until Joel Schumacher really fudged it completely with "Batman and Robin" and "Batman Forever" and his need to make the movies look like a comic book.