Re: 8 years of no Batman or Bruce Wayne, and NO ONE could pick up the trend?
Caine and Bale were top form. Hardy is always fantastic with his expressions. A truly fantastic actor especially when you look at what he had to deal with.
I was personally invested in the story. When i watch a superhero movie, i want to just see a good film, think about Batman later. I like to see what new things a director can do with Batman that hasn't been done before while still keeping with the dark/serious character that i love.