I feel the same way that Begins is often overlooked (how is that possible?) in terms of its influence and the favour it curried from many a critic. Directors later pointed to Batman Begins as the template to follow. Here's a great article on how influential Batman Begins was and continues to be. https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottm...e-comic-book-movie-10-years-ago/#8af28cf556c6 I would say that both Batman Begins and the Dark Knight were very influential films of their time in different ways.