Did you enjoy The Dark Knight Rises? If so then good, so did I. So did the vast majority of critics and fans who watched it as well. Despite widespread agreement on all sides that it is inferior to its predecessor in the trilogy, it's a thoroughly enjoyable film. However, regardless of that there are issues that render it an unsuitable and, to a certain degree, disappointing conclusion to what is arguably the pinnacle of all superhero franchises. In order to explore the reasons for this, we must return to the first two installments of the trilogy and analyse their themes and story elements.