Keith Andrew reports:
''There was a subtle move away from Lycra when superhero movies became fashionable in the mid-to-late nineties. For me, the word 'Batman' still signifies slightly flabby men wearing (not entirely flattering) tight outfits, corny dialogue, crazy camera angles and hammy fighting, but I appear to be in the minority on that front. Now, leading men in superhero movies go on intense training routines so that they're buff enough to fight their way out of trouble, and spend more time with their iconic costumes off than on.
As a result, Batman is now a macho icon, with muscles bulging left, right and centre and an attitude as dark as night. Whether it's a mere marketing move or the result of a genuine refresh of the franchise is still a matter of conjecture, but Batman's manly stance hasn't been lost on Glu, who have served up a typical package of fist fighting and harsh words that forms the perfect partner to Christian Bale's latest adventure. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on your taste.''