Originally Posted by BatLobsterRises
I guess I'm of the opinion that the film as plenty bleak and full of despair without delving further into the extremities of the events of Gotham. As a fan, sure, I would've loved to see more, but when trying to be objective, I have to wonder if it would've been overkill to spend more time wallowing in the suffering of Gothamites when it's pretty clear that they're not living under the best of circumstances and life as they know it has essentially stopped.
The scene where they hung the special forces from the bridge worked perfectly as a way to get you rooting for Bruce to get out of there. Would 4 more scenes like that really have made us root any more for him? Those are the things we have to ask. Redundancy is rarely a good thing in filmmaking, although again...I could have probably sat through a 4 hour TDKR and not complained. But that's me speaking as a fan.
Well, we didn't need another "extreme" like the bridge hanging scene. Just little stuff like the citizens and even the remaining cops questioning Batman's validity vs Harvey's downfall, and Gordon's decision to go along with the coverup.
If the whole nuke thing would have either been done differently or taken out completely, then you could have easily had this in the second act. I still think you can keep the bomb, but handle it a little better.