An old flame of Bruce Wayne's strolls into town, re-heating up the romance between the two. At the same time, a mass murderer with an axe for one hand begins systematically eliminating Gotham's crime bosses. Due to the person's dark appearance, he is mistaken for Batman. Now on the run, Batman must solve the mystery (Which eventually involves The Joker in a neat plot-twist) and deal with the romance between him and Andrea Beaumont, which is more than meets the eye.
This was actually extremely disappointing. After watching the Spawn movie I was expecting Batman to be even better.
The story was kinda lame and the characters as flat as the paper they were drawn on. The Joker(Mark Hamill) was actually the only real treat in the bunch. His character and voice were actually quite amazing and somewhat redeeming to the movie. One other redeeming elements were the fight scenes which were very well choreographed and we actually got to see a few more Batman tricks that've never yet been done.
Lastly there was a cool flash back that shows Bruce Wayne in a ski mask fighting crime before he has become Batman. I feel like Nolan borrowed this scene for Begins.
The rest of the movie is about a love affair we care nothing about, Mob bosses who are cliche, and a new villain who is as vague and pointless as the Easter bunny. The hidden identity is almost as bad.
So after the enjoyment of Hamill as the joker and a few BANGS! and POWS! from Batman we are left with nothing more than a Saturday morning extra long cartoon...which maybe isn't all that bad, just not measuring up to anything more.