Originally Posted by Doc Samson
Absolutely, the other two are needed to fully understand and appreciate it. But I also don't think enough people, around here specifically, compare it as a standalone film to other superhero movies outside of the trilogy. It's grandiose, big spectacle entertainment on a scale rarely seen. I think over time, it will get that recognition.
I agree. To me, it's far and away a better overall film than BB, but that's my particular preference. Going outside of the trilogy, I'm hard-pressed to see many that rival it in the history of the genre.
That's because the genre is (a) still pretty new at only 34 years old and (b) pretty weak overall. By default of the genre sucking for the most part, Nolan's three movies are definitely in the top 10 of the genre and I'm sure many would put all three in the top 5. I've got Begins at #1, TDKR at #6, and TDK at #7.