Well I watched the movie last night with an EA-Insomniac couple, and a friend of theirs. Christian Bale looks way hotter than I could have imagined from the trailers, and without giving things away, I think he makes an excellent Bruce Wayne. As Batman... he's allright, but like someone said Michael Keaton may make a better bat.
Anyway, stop reading now if you don't want to potentially charge yourself with some bias....
The movie special effects seem a bit lower key. The movie relies it seems more on dialog, psychology, and camera takes more than just special effects- and I love that. About time. I definitively enjoy the fact that you get out knowing who Bruce Wayne is. The concept and operation of one of the villains is something I believe was very well done.
I would classify the monvie as good, there were two things that got in my way a bit:
#1. I thought the camera takes in the fights were just too fast. I realize it is the intent to portray Batman as someone who strikes fast and you don't know what hit you, but doing so and in the dark like that every single time, made me feel the same way "I don't know what hit me." I wanted to see the performance. I think it's ok to do it once but in all scenes...
#2. Some of the skills of the main character seem a bit pulled "out of nowhere." Due to the fact that they do show how he acquires most of the skills (good), to have some of these out of the blue doesn't make much sense.