Batman Forever. yeah what ever go ahead and flame me. thats the movie of my childhood, i remember i had school the next morning and they were showing batman forever late at night. so i went silently to the living room and was watching the movie all night long. That night it was the best movie i have ever seen, today i realize its far from it, but the memories just left me biased.
Just epitomises what I think Batman works best as. Gothic, theatrical and a bit outrageous (to a point - BFvr).
The city, the people, the atmosphere and the look was perfect. Not to mention the casting and portrayals.
Batman transplanted into a more 'real and gritty' setting didn't work for me personally with BB. Maybe it would have if helmed by another director with a slightly different tac? Who knows.
However, this is speaking as someone who hasn't really read Batman and only absorbed bits through what little I've read or from animation.
The same way I am a 007 fan, but never read a complete novel - basing it solely on what I garnered from previous film and bits of novels.
Batman Returns, the movie that brought me to the dance, of curse id been exposed to Batman before but this was the first time id seen him played seriously and boy did I love it. That movie spun into the animated series which spun into the comics and beyond.
Batman Begins, by far. IMHO, it is the most realistic of all the Batman films (indeed, of all the superhero films). Realistic and intense. If Batman had not existed prior, Batman Begins would've been the perfect intro for the character, like Kick-Ass for Hit-Girl.
However, favorite Batman: Kevin Conroy. That Bat-smirk is unparalleled in the history of animated superherodom.
Shinier than a speeding bullet.