6. The scene where Bane beats the hell out of Batman haunts me. I almost couldn’t take it. Christopher Nolan managed to create a scene where a guy tears Batman apart with his bare hands and the audience – instead of siding with the badass villain – watches on in complete terror. That fight scene, in which the soundtrack is faded out, is the best scene of the whole trilogy. Easily. And I did, in fact, lose my mind when they had Bane actually break Batman’s back.
7. This movie could have used Heath Ledger returning as Joker. Just imagine how kicked up the chaotic scenes in Gotham would have been if the Joker was adding his own dose of bedlam. His role didn’t have to be big, but I think a small cameo would have given the Blackgate prisoners a voice. I think if Ledger were still alive, the creators would have worked him in without a hiccup. He would have definitely fit in better than Matthew Modine’s character who was just kind of there.
8. Scarecrow was defeated by a taser. Two-Face fell off a ledge. Bane went out like he did. If there’s one major gripe about the series it’s that the way the villains were ultimately defeated left a lot to be desired.
9. You can’t have Batman without Robin. And you can’t have Robin in 2012 without things getting weird. However, those brilliant bastards figured out a way to integrate the Robin character in a way that didn’t come off as contrived while also playing directly into Tim Drake’s origin almost directly. I halfway expected him to turn into Nightwing by movie’s end.
10. How cool was it that they used Roland Daggett, a villain that first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series? That show deserves so much credit for where it pushed the Batman franchise, and Nolan providing a callback to the series is a nice little Easter egg for those of us that grew up on the show.