Originally Posted by Excelsior.
The Dark Knight certainly painted the actions of Bruce as having severe consequences, and at the end it was the citizens of Gotham, good and bad, that stood up to the Joker's game, not Batman himself, but those same citizens are painted as being utterly useless in Dark Knight Rises, merely cowering at whatever Bane threw at them, not standing up for them. Which is where Blake and his arc came in and the idea that Gotham always needs a hero who operates extra martially.
Yeah that last movie didn't do anything except prove that the citizens of Gotham are utter ****ing retards. and the cops are worse, as shown in the West Side Story styled showdown at the end.