Originally Posted by Brain Damage
See, that one works a lot better for me. Scarecrow was portrayed from the beginning as someone who only manages to appear intimidating through theatricality and deception, so him being defeated in such an easy way was fitting of the character. Even aside from that, Scarecrow never feels like the movie's chief bad guy (certainly not in the way Bane does) and by the time he gets taken out of the picture, Ra's Al Ghul has been established as the main villain for a good amount of screentime already.
I think the problem is that he was beaten by a lame character like Rachel Dawes. I would have rather had Batman throw a batarang at him, knocking him off the horse to help Rachel and the kid.