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Honestly, the only Dark Knight film that I can truly watch and never get bored with is The Dark Knight itself. TDKR gets slow and drags in various spots.
I'm leaning towards the TDK trilogy. These films had the benefit of the same director so they feel more consistent and cohesive, whereas Craig's quadrilogy feels more disjointed and tonally inconsistent.
I have been a fan of both (Bond films and Bat comics & films) since I can remember.....so very young.
Up until 2005 there was no comparison. James Bond wiped the floor with Batman as far as films go.
Batman Begins was a game changer for me. An all time classic film as far as I'm concerned and a great way to re-establish the franchise after the disappointing Batman and Robin. The same goes for CR, which re-established Bond after DAD.
I find the Dark Knight trilogy much tauter as a story concept and more integrated. The fact that all 3 films are directed by the same director gives them a similar tonal feel and style, which makes them feel more cohesive to me. Additionally, the concepts felt original to me while I watched all 3 films. Wayne's story arc from losing his parents to leaving the Batman role is more effectively treated in the Batman films for me as a result of the directorial consistency.
If I was to judge the Craig films as a tetralogy, I don't find them so united. Tonally the films are quite different, and some of the concepts (including suggesting leaving the service after the end of the final film) have been seen before in the TDK trilogy.
If I was to judge the Craig films individually however, then I would rank CR ahead of all the Batman films (although only just ahead of BB, which is my favourite of the three Batman films), so my individual perceptions of the films on a standalone basis are quite different from the way I view these as a holistic set.
I prefer Bond, if only because I like his costumes a lot more. B-)
That being said I will always like Bond better
It depends to what extent you compare and how you use the means of 'comparisons'. Many times I see here that comparisons are mainly drawn out of negative experiences. I want to address, to use the means of comparing things in a more positive way.
Hence why I think this topic is very valid.
1. Casino Royale
2. The Dark Knight
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. Batman Begins
The Nolan trilogy of Batman films is great, though it started on a higher note for me than it ended. As a Batman comics guy, there are things about these films I like less. Then again, the power of the Batman universe is that it can take its material in a whole variety of directions. I love the Bruce Timm universe over the Nolan and Burton universe but the skill with which the Nolan films were put together is impressive to say the least.
Now, for Bond I prefer to follow the formula in a stricter fashion. So the reductionist approach of the Craig Bonds, allowing familiar elements to glide back in over the span of four films, works fine for me. The average of the Craig Bonds certainly beats the average of the Moore or Brosnan films IMO.
But which do I like best? The Nolan Batman films or the Craig Bond films? Impossible to say. I can't judge the Nolan Batmans as Fleming inspired spy films and neither can I judge the Craig Bonds as DC superhero material.
This. I can't compare the two at all, so it's impossible for me to say which is better.
But I prefer 007 over the Bat by Nolan.
But Batman and Bond are both long-running movie franchises/series. Hence very comparable.
Tomatoes are fruit and Dr Pepper is a soft drink. Not very comparable.
Surely it's more like saying what is your favourite soft drink - Dr Pepper or 7Up.
I found all the Nolan bat films tedious beyond belief tbh. May be that's why I wasn't such a fan of Mendes's homage to Batman - SF. Ponderous, uninteresting 'darkness' posing as serious drama.
That is a little more palatable to me than Silva working for Blofeld but still having mommy issues. I was happier just with Silva with mommy issues - pre SP. Bardem sold it well. I believed he had issues with her.
Still, Keaton is the Dalton of Batman. :))