Originally Posted by The Guard
I dunno, I just think something is lost from the whole "a man who lost his parents as a young child becomes a hero to prevent others from experiencing the type of loss he did" angle when it becomes "young boy becomes a hero to wipe out organized crime and people who experience the type of loss he did because of organized crime, but not because of regular crime".
Exactly. I'm all for Batman taking a methodical approach in taking out organised crime, but as the films progressed I feel Nolan lost sight of the personal story in favour of a grand crime saga.
TDK worked so well because it could focus on the crackdown on the mob through Dent and used the Joker to bring out all of the interesting ideological material in the leads. The third film just isn't as concise. I think there is a strain between allowing the Dent act from the second film to play out, and the need for things to go wrong again for a new story.