Re: Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy vs Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy
Fair enough. I tend to view epic though as the scope of a story as opposed to time. There is no doubt that a story that spans decades is usually epic in scope, say Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather or Gone with the Wind. But an epic can just as much be about a short span of time where tremendous world shattering events happen like Apocalypse Now or Gladiator.
For me, the fictional reality of TDKR, where a major American city descends into complete anarchy after a faux-revolution overthrows the rich and powerful, sets a stage far larger than any Batman film ever released. Most superhero films too. Batman is facing a challenge that is beyond fighting crime. He is fighting the complete dissolution of society.
"Let us disappoint the Men who are raising themselves upon the ruin of this Country."