Re: Someone please explain why....
I think that, aside from the obvious Bat-imagery and references, The Dark Knight Rises feels the most like a Bat-film because at this point we are familiar with this universe. Which is shame as well, because Batman's career was, for lack of a better word, short lived. This of course is a direct result of this franchise's focus on realism or hyper-realism if you will. And even so, Nolan's trilogy has achieved a lot in little time story wise. You got your origin story, you've got Ras Al Ghul, Joker, Scarecrow, Bane, Two-Face, Catwoman Falcone, Maroni, Zsaz <--not sure if spelled correctly. And last but not least, we were given what I think is a most successful amalgam of the three Robins in John Blake, even when Nolan told us that Robin would never make an appearance in his movies and then pulled a 180 on the audience. This makes the trilogy's loose ends and cringe worthy moments invisible, if not forgivable.