Originally Posted by jmc
Obviously those ones, Man of Steel also, but think about it, if Batman Begins doesn't get made then Iron Man is a completely different movie, maybe it doesn't even get made at all, thus no Marvel Universe and no Avengers, hell no Green Lantern (which may have been a better outcome lol) so Batman Begins really is the starting point for this new wave of superhero films, films which are treated far more seriously, where the acting and story are far more important.
I actually found the Avengers to be a step backwards rather than forwards, as far as taking comic book movies into more "serious" territory goes i.e. story and character over spectacle. Avengers was all about snarky remarks, and CGI, strip those away and you've got nothing left. Other Disney movies, though also made for kids, at least had heart.