Originally Posted by Green Ghoul
Not just the scope. The city evolved as the story progressed from film to film. It's kind of hard to sell that Batman is making a difference if the city remained bleak like it was in BB. This isn't the comics where Gotham City and Batman are in limbo, just so DC can keep making a profit.
There is a more intereting way to progress the city visually than to just switch to generic cityscapes though.