The starting point had been Richard Donner's Superman just over a decade earlier which is still regarded as a classic in dispensing with camp, cartoonish absurdity.
Although Batman did later move back in that direction, the character was refocused once more by Christopher Nolan with Batman Begins and its 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight.
Tim Burton, though, was the first to try to recapture the original Detective Comics take on the character as a troubled billionaire driven to become a sinister creature of the shadows. At the time, there was considerable negative press over the hiring of Burton and then the hiring of lead actor Michael Keaton - but we now know it all worked out fine in the end.
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