I want to begin by saying this isn't as good as it's predecessors. But I didn't enjoy this film for that reason however. The film is made competently, although the swooping shots of Gotham do get old. It's not a bad movie but it's simply okay, it's politics seem misguided and it's just simply too bleak. Now I enjoy other "bleak" films such as "The 400 Blows" but everyone seemed to be just plain evil when the previous film held that goodness could lie in everyone as much as evil. I didn't think the themes worked quite as well as the previous films and it has nothing to do with the legacy" of these films. It seemed frustrating, and some characters seemed miscast. For a film that tries for realism this one was a little too cartoonish for my taste. It didn't have any of the style or appeal as the others. Bane was a terrifying creation but when he got self righteous and transparently evil it simply stopped being scary and sounded like preaching. Overall, it's a passable film but not all that enjoyable for the dark, bleak, attitude it takes. Bleakness is fine in some films, but there are at least characters worth liking in those films.