Originally Posted by Tony Stark
This movie lives in the 9/11 mind set and is why the story works so well.
In TDK they call in the national guard. Their presence is made well-known in the evacuation scenes. In TDKR the military is involved, the CIA, a special forces unit is sent into the compromised zone... its hardly just "the police and a vigilante."
I have numerous critiques of TDKR but that certainly isn't one of them.