The public does not like bad literature. The public likes a certain kind of literature, and likes that kind even when it is bad better than another kind of literature when it is good. Nor is this unreasonable; for the line between different types of literature is as real as the line between tears and laughter; and to tell people who can only get bad comedy that you have some first-class tragedy is as irrational as to offer a man who is shivering over weak, warm coffee a really superior sort of ice. -GK Chesterton.
I caught the last 5 minutes of Batman Returns yesterday. The second of the Micheal Keaton Batman films. I remember liking it at the time and now (especially after the latest comic book films) - WOW it was terrible. I was expecting the dudes from MST3K to show up. Then it would have been tolerable. There was a thirst for comic-book films and it was filled with bad attempts. I'm glad things have improved (mostly - I'm ignoring Fantastic Four part II even existed).