Originally Posted by COMPO
I think what I think is the weakness is the eight year gap, with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight we were seeing the earlier years of Batman and it was expected tyhat by the end we'd see a fully grown Batman with the early years finished. With Bruce quitting at the end of TDK he wasn't a fully grown Batman, who had suffered enough or fought enough.
I also agree with this. I'm never going to like the 8 year absence, I've tried to rationalize it because I loved the first two movies and what Nolan has done for the character, but I don't think it was necessary or handled particularly well.