Originally Posted by BATS N' HORNETS
I somewhat disagree. Nolan has largely used much of his films to cinematically explain that his movies are grounded in reality. He made this choice before it was ever decided how many films he would do. Batman Begins is a perfect film. The inclusion of Lucius Fox was a genius stroke, but he still could have found ways to bring villains like Penguin or Croc to the Nolan universe.
But here's your catch 22...... Penguin and Croc were not necessary to his stories.
Tim Burton could have included Croc, Man-Bat, Mad Hatter, and Scarecrow in his films. But he didn't... so it doesn't matter a hill of beans. In the end it doesn't matter if a director is limited or not because he's only capable of handling so much within 2 or 3 films.
What does it matter if Croc was possible in Burton's films when he was never part of the story?
What does it matter if Croc was not
possible in Nolan's films when he's not a part of the story?
Croc was possible in one of those series and not possible in another but guess what? It doesn't matter one iota because he wasn't utilized in either. See what I'm getting at... potential means absolutely nothing when it's not accounted for.
If he had decided to do a "comic book" world where the fantastic elements were possible, he could have had the same level of seriousness and the same levels of courtroom style drama without the hyper-realism because he could have made his film grounded and less over the top the way the first series of films was.
But Nolan did not want to create a gothic fantasy or neon filled "comic book world." He wanted one set in the real world and that's what he's given us.