I was reading Kris Tapley‘s nicely written Batman nostalgia piece and happened to click on the attached YouTube clip of the opening credits. And it was like….whoa! Take away the dark minicam footage (i.e., squirreling through the shadowy caverns of the Batman crest) and the titles alone seem so primitive, so austere — almost like the main titles for a King Vidor or Sam Wood film of the 1940s. You would never see such plain-looking credits on a big-budget comic-book superhero film today.