Originally Posted by Anno_Domini
One giant setup for the sequel? How do you say? Besides the little hint of the Joker card, I found it to be very much standalone and could have been if there was never a sequel after. Very different when I walked out of the first showing of The Dark Knight when I felt a sequel was necessary.
Because the exposition of his origin goes on for a good chunk of the movie. It takes at least an hour for Batman to finally show up. Most of the movie is about his origin. It felt like the first movie intended for a franchise, because there was barely any Batman in it. It's like the new Spiderman movie. And lo and behold, they are doing the same with Superman too.