Originally Posted by MAKAVELI25
I very much agree with this. I also think that the 8 year exile kind of ruins the epic ending of TDK, that ending was so powerful when I thought that he had finally become the embodiment of "The Dark Knight". Instead I find out he he just quit.
Its funny that you mention that. I asked a friend of mine, who doesn't really follow movies that much, if he saw TDKR. He couldn't remember at first, then he did remember he saw it, and said he must have missed the earlier movie where Batman was put out of commission so he had to retire..lol.
I saw TDKR about 4 times in theatres with different family members. None of who live in the "bat bubble" that I live in..lol. They dont' follow internet reports, read comics, or check out spypics. It was interesting as my wife figured out early on that Blake would be Robin, and my father and a friend of mine had both figured out early on that Miranda would be a surprise villain in the end.