Originally Posted by RustyCage
I pretty much agree with most of what you're saying here, but I have one question:
How did TDKR go any more into the unknown than the other two films did?
The retirement (8 year gap), the Harvey Dent Act and Gotham City being cleaned up. Not a scenario the comics had really tackled yet. Yes, the whole retirement thing had similarities with The Dark Knight Returns, but the reasons behind it were different.
What I'm saying is that the scenario was mostly coming from the storyteller this time around and not the source material. It was easier for some fans to nitpick, because in their minds they felt some things should have played out differently. It's kind of hard to make a "final chapter" for a character who's been ongoing for 75 years, and yet be expected to stick to the source material.