Visually, It saddens me that the colorful, vivid world of Gotham city was so downgraded in the new Batman movies.
Don't you remember the Gothic/Art Deco skyline crawling up to the sky with flickering lights. The Gargoyles, the alleys, the bridges... A city that really looked like it needed a big hand in Vigilante duties. A bold yet broken world, barely holding itself up from the terrible abnormal criminals that haunt its people. Cast in shadows, rain, snow or fog constantly...
Instead, Gotham city is now Chicago.
All of the visual charms of Gotham City, the character designs, imagination, and creativity of the world of Batman are gone.
Batman himself had the Bad ass of a cowboy, the slick and classy of James Bond, the poetic danger of Dracula, and the smarts and clever of the sherlock holmes. All these things, plus a disturbing past and psychology, and internal conflict.
Now, to me, these are incredible ingredients. And for nearly a century they have been slowly shaping to form the wonderful thing that is Batman. Why change it? I understand and admire seeing new things. I admire seeing Christopher Nolan's approach to the world. But there are certain aspects of batman that cannot be changed, for it makes it what it is. People claim that the reason why the new Batman movies are cool are because they are more realistic, and this works because batman doesn't have super powers. This all sounds good on the surface, but to me, there are numerous things in the core of the batman universe that make it fictional enough so that putting it in a real world setting won't work. The new batman movies are proof of that if you look at it deep enough.
I always thought Morgan Freeman's character in the new movies was basically pointless. people thought that it was cool to know where he gets his equipment from, and it is, but not important enough to entitle an entire character, basically an Alfred #2. When you try to explain so many things in a story it becomes sloppy, and it's pointless. What's most important is getting the basics focused. And Batman movies are just about Batman and his Rival, whoever that might be.
But The Dark Knight had too many protagonists, too many antagonists, protagonists turning into antagonists, making a big build up, cutting off their conclusion, switching from one to the other and back and not paying enough time or focus on the main character... so on and so forth. It started off good and just fell apart.
The New Batman lost every charm that batman ever had to me.
also, 'lol' at the pic below.