Realized I never formally posted my thoughts on the movie. Now that I have had a chance to see it twice, figure it's a good time to do so.
CONTAINS SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
I am stunned Nolan created a movie that incorporated The Dark Knight Returns
, and the real shocker.. No Mans Land
all in one film. On top of this, he introduced Robin, Batman, Talia & Bane into one movie and it worked?? That makes what Spiderman 3 had look like a cake walk
Overall, it had huge scope and I enjoy the tone of each film (and theme) was different. It was a far reaching movie with big ideas and big scope. Did he land them all? Eh probably not but damn he actually tried. I love that. You can't say he didn't try to do something truly unique with his "comic book" films. I also liked how hit tied the two previous films together and it truly is a trilogy with a beginning, middle and end.
I have to admit that I started to question if it was going to be "Talia" but just not named Talia since the reveal was late in the film. Even non comic books fans gasped at her big moment. haha. Gordon was still badass, Catwoman worked surprisingly well, and best of all... Bane broke batman's back. *geeks out*
Also, I loved how they worked in Robin real subtle way. I picked up on it early on and said to myself "Nolan just added robin w/o the name". The "Robin" reveal at the end was the obvious moment meant for the general audience (non fanboys/girls) to pick up on.
Realize I hinted at this earlier in the thread and never revealed what my one BIG issue was. Still surprised more people have not picked up on and commented about it.
The film portrayed Batman as someone who gave up. He quit. Hung up the cowl and retired for eight long years. It's always been the one thing that bothered me in The Dark Knight Returns
graphic novel and why I feel the version of Bruce told in Kingdom Come
is superior. Bruce should be portrayed as a man obsessed with justice and protecting the innocent. Almost to the point of insanity. He wouldn't give up. Certainly over something like a woman he loves being killed. If anything, that would just motivate him more.
Yet in this film, that's what we get. A Batman who retires in his prime. Yes you can make the (correct) point that the Nolan universe Batman was never portrayed as obsessed as the comic version. He was even actively looking for a way out with Dent in the second film. It works in the context of these films, but that does not mean I have to like it.
It also took away from the big promise Nolan gave us at the end of the 2nd film. Remember when the Joker said they are destined to go at it forever? Him and Batman? Well guess what? Didn't happen! For all we know, Joker rotted away and died in prison after the events in TDK. You can also forget any imagined hope he fought other villains over the years like Riddler, Killer Croc, Baby Doll (heh), etc. Such a travesty when you think about it.
So yes, I did enjoy it even if I would have done things differently. Not the best but still very very good. I'd probably put it # 3 of the trilogy but I really liked what they were trying to do. Best of all? Nolan broke the 3rd movie curse!
Oh and in regards to all the hater nonsense in this thread... I said it before, but I swear people have become so spoiled. As a batman die hard I'm just so happy to have these films that show a wide audiences the great aspects (and diverse stories that can be told) with the character and mythos.