The refrain I keep hearing from viewers is that they were surprised The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t super great.
This is different from the disappointment fans had when Spider-Man 3 just didn’t work for them. This was more about having unrealistic expectations.
The Dark Knight was arguably the best comic book movie ever made. If any movie was expected to best this, it would have been Dark Knight Rises. It’s not that part 3 was bad. No one seems to be saying that. They’re just saying it’s not terrific.
Maybe there needed to be more Batman in a Batman movie.
Maybe it was more of what a friend said that it was big on a comic book scale rather than a real life scale. In the last movie, it was about people and the decisions they make. There wasn’t a Macguffin threatening to blow up the city.
But really, I think it comes down to audience expectation and the inability of the creators to ever live up to that.
An editing mistake in Dark Knight Rises:
Why it doesn’t matter if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are mutants: