Honestly, I remember a lot of people I worked with in Arizona asking me about the movie around Christmas when the DVD hit the market.
|We're the franchise you need, not the franchise you deserve. Or something.|
The bottom line is that I think this movie is really a pretty darn good Batman movie, especially in 2005 when the last Bat-flick I had seen at the time was Batman and Robin. However, I'd argue that once Nolan was able to cast off the shackles of WB studios and make a Batman movie without producer notes, their "help" casting the film, etc... He made a movie that a whole lot of people liked better, and that stands up a bit more strongly upon review.