Re: Anyone prefer Iron Man over Dark Knight?
TDK is very well made, but I didn't care for it as a Batman film and found its bleakness to be wearing. My wife let out an very loud "Come on!" when it was discovered that, yet again, the Joker had managed to move thousands of gallons of curiously explosive gasoline into a vulnerable location during the ferry sequence. It was virtually devoid of the joy I demand in my superhero films, and I much prefer Batman Begins to Nolan's Joker-centric followup.
Iron Man also deals with serious real-world issues, but retains the fun of its comic book origins. In my opinion stands up much better to multiple viewings than Nolan's 2nd Batman film. And while Alfred is a fine mentor, I will take Yinsen over him every day of the week and twice on Sundays. During their time together, Yinsen saved Tony's life twice (including non-violently sacrificing his own life), helped construct the first suit and got a lifelong weapons manufacturer to completely change his world view. Not bad for a few weeks work.