It took a recent re-viewing to reaffirm startling conclusions made months ago. Result? Indeed, summed up, Batman Begins is a marvelous movie, and it is the perfect "bookend" match to the Daniel Craig Casino Royale.
Batman Begins and Casino Royale reinvented both Batman and James Bond, both of which suffered severely in all of their earlier versions (with the exception of the first Sean Connery Bond). The Adam West 1960s silly Batman continued unchanged into the new series starting in the 1990s. All were "camp," "funky," and tongue-in-cheek. All were horribly alike, regardless who played Batman. The only decent characterization in any of them was Jack Nicholson as the Joker.