Actually it really stands as a sequel to Batman Begins. People had so many expectations after the Dark Knight ended that some found this movie not as good as it really is. The real key to Christopher Nolan´s success with his reboot of Batman was that in the first movie he focused his lenses on Bruce Wayne and who the Batman really was. That is what no other director had ever done on this character and that is why it had never really worked. Not even with the great Michael Keaton who only lacked the muscularity and height to be a more fitting Batman. If it had only been a little more insightfull in the psique of the character, perhaps Christian Bale would have been Oscar worthy in his very interesting interpretation. With the second movie, Nolan focused more on the Joker (apparently following the steps of previous directors giving more protagonism to ridiculous villains) only to show us that the real main character was Harvey Dent´s soul, and in conclusion we ended with probably the best movie of 2008, but the moviegoers need to understand that Nolan´s hero is not a comic character anymore but a tragic hero and with this third movie he focuses again on him and nails a compelling story. Unfortunately because the Batman is a bigger than life hero, audiences feel the need for huge amounts of action sequences, and amazing situations and Nolan doesn´t have enough time to break down all the details as in previous movies. Whether somebody considers this not the best Batman movie of the trilogy (and some of my friends who are movie buffs do consider this the best of the trilogy), it still continues to be above (head and shoulders) other hero movies, including the Avengers. Quite frankly, there is no other character like the Batman in the superhero universe (including all the Marvel´s with their existensialism problems) which can be dealt with as if it was Hamlet.