Believe the hype, folks... because it's all true.
I was born shortly before the Batman TV series entered it's third and final year on ABC. I grew up with it running in constant syndication on WPIX channel 11 from New York. I taught myself to read by reading Batman comic books and collected them religiously well past the age that I probably should have.
I had to live through two pretty interesting movies from Tim Burton and two awful movies from Joel Schumacher before finally getting Batman Begins from Christopher Nolan.
I've spent the last 40 years with these characters.
The Dark Knight is, easily, the best Batman movie of all time. It is also, far and away, the best superhero movie of all time.
It's not just a "summer blockbuster". It's a really good film; Silence of the Lambs/Goodfellas/Godfather 2 kind of good.
Heath Ledger's brilliant performance as the Joker merits clownalley.net's first ever "scary clown" image.