* AntiClimaxBoss:
** Scarecrow is taken out pretty easily at the end of ''Begins'', as mentioned in Badass Decay and Villain Decay on this page.
** Two-Face's confrontation is mostly verbal, and his death is pretty sudden.
** Subverted in Bane himself. He is really a ClimaxBoss [[spoiler: when he is fighting with Batman, but dies in a fairly simple and easy way when Catwoman killed him.]]
* BadassDecay:
** In the span of the first movie, Scarecrow goes from EvilGenius, to getting taken down in a matter of seconds by Rachel Dawes. In the next movie, he is no longer working for the League of Shadows and turning mob bosses insane. Instead, he's just a glorified drug dealer who is fodder for a BatmanColdOpen.
*** [[spoiler:In ''The Dark Knight Rises'']], Scarecrow is badass again, serving as the [[spoiler:HangingJudge of a KangarooCourt, serving Bane's agenda. The shoulders of his jacket are frayed outwards in a visual nod to the Scarecrow's costume in the comics.]]
* BaseBreaker:
** Katie Holmes Rachel or Maggie Gyllenhaal Rachel?
** John Blake. Well-acted rookie cop on a journey developing him, or spotlight stealing GaryStu?
* CompleteMonster: TheJoker (portrayed by HeathLedger) from the second film, ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. What did you expect? Ultimately, he has gone down in film history as the cruelest, most insane and evil version of the Joker in a Batman film. Several villains in the saga, as Bane and Talia literally avoided falling into this trope by having loyalty in themselves and a rather tragic backstory. However, Joker is the only villain in the saga without redeeming features and his actions are purely ForTheEvulz.
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: When your films are scored by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, what else can you expect?[[note]]''The Dark Knight Rises'' was done without JNH's input due to scheduling conflicts and his desire to "not be a third wheel" after Nolan and Zimmer got really close (in an artistic sense) after working on ''Inception''.[[/note]]
* DeconstructionFic: Has several fics that deconstruct the RapeIsLove and OC/Joker Rape Fic genre.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Crane.
** The Joker. Yes, even with the scars.
** Harvey Dent, believe it or not. Due partially to being so tragic and partially to being played by [[MrFanservice Aaron Eckhart]].
** Bane, especially after it's revealed [[spoiler: he saved young Talia and is permanently disfigured and injured because of it]].
* EarWorm: The first minute of Joker's theme song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QjuEWsdgEc "Why So Serious."]] Watching scenes using it could sometimes leave one so fixated on it that the sound of a lawnmower would remind them of it.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow, who is the only actor outside [[Creator/ChristianBale the]] [[MichaelCaine series']] [[GaryOldman core]] [[MorganFreeman ensemble]] to appear in all three films which also makes Scarecrow the only Batman villain to appear in three films in a row, something the Joker can't even lay claim to.
* EpilepticTrees:
** After the first movie came out, there was much debate on whether [[spoiler: Ducard was Ra's al Ghul all along]] or if he inherited the title from the character Ken Watanabe played after he was killed. After all, [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul means "The Head of the Demon", so it could be a title held by the League's leader]]
** Also whether [[spoiler: Harvey Dent]] is dead. WordOfGod says he is. But for a time, not even the actor playing him knew.
* EvilIsCool: All of the villains, in fine Batman tradition.
** See the Scarecrow's entry under EnsembleDarkhorse above.
** Thanks to HeathLedger's hammy yet terrifying performance, the iconic-ness of the character and his [[CompleteMonster willing to go to extreme lengths to commit evil for the sake of evil]], Joker is probably the second most famous and popular character in the movies next to Batman himself.
** Bane is a {{Badass}} GeniusBruiser, with emphasis on both "genius" and "bruiser" (one of the first times he's been portrayed this way in an adaptation). He wears a scary CoolMask, manages great feats of both physical strength and intellect, [[spoiler: breaks Batman's back just like in ''{{Knightfall}}'', and takes over Gotham singlehandedly - though it's debatable whether he was working ''[[BigBadDuumvirate with]]'' or ''[[TheDragon for]]'' Talia al Ghul the whole time]].
** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, who's sleek, sexy and {{Badass}} as always, and [[spoiler: is the one to kill Bane]]. Even though she isn't truly evil in this incarnation, she's still a classic member of Batman's rogues gallery.
* FandomRivalry: With the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, continuing the Creator/DCComics[=/=]Creator/MarvelComics rivalry. The two franchises are as different as [[DarkerAndEdgier night]] and [[LighterAndSofter day]]. (Though not the comics themselves.) It so happened that Marvel Studios got their movieverse started with the surprise hit ''Film/IronMan'' in the same summer as the hotly anticipated ''The Dark Knight'', and culminated their "Phase One" with the crossover/teamup movie ''Film/TheAvengers'' in the same summer as ''The Dark Knight Rises'', both movies getting insane levels of hype and thus insane levels of fan rivalry. The rivalry overlaps with HypeBacklash over which franchise translates the comics better onto the screen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are generalized as either "more fun and colorful" and "unashamedly comic booky" with their more "fantastical" take on things - or "shallow" and "juvenile". The Nolan movies are generalized as either "more mature and ambitious" - or "pretentious", "too serious" and "comic book movies in denial" with their more "realistic" take on things.
** To say nothing of the rivalry within the Bat-franchise's ''own'' fandom, between fans of this saga and fans of the [[Film/{{Batman}} Burton]] [[Film/BatmanReturns films]] - which is based on much the same varying perceptions about how a comic book movie should be like.
* FanDumb:
** Combined with NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Fans of Heath Ledger's Joker can be a bit rabid at times. Woe to anyone who enjoys this movie and Ledger's performance but still prefers Jack Nicholson's Joker overall.
** Some people manipulated the IMDb to put the film helming the Top 250 (by giving 10 to ''The Dark Knight'' - [[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch mostly before release]] - and 1 to then-first ''Film/TheGodfather'').
** Fans have also been known to {{troll}} movie sites, particularly IMDb, and insult people at random simply for enjoying non-Christopher Nolan Batman films. This is despite the fact that many people enjoy Film/TheDarkKnightSaga as well as other films.
** Some fans have sent ''[[http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/17/critic-faces-death-threats-over-bad-dark-knight-rises-review/ death threats]]'' to anyone who gives ''The Dark Knight Rises'' a bad review. In [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/marshall-fine-dark-knight-rises-review-interview#.UAYqM2Ge6qg one case]], the RottenTomatoes comments went along with so many views his website crashed!
** The tragic shooting at the midnight premiere of ''The Dark Knight Rises'' in Aurora, Colorado, is one of the most extreme examples of this, when you consider that the shooter was under the alias of the Joker.
* FountainOfMemes: Most of the most memorable quotes from ''The Dark Knight'' came from the Joker.
* GenreTurningPoint: ''Batman Begins'' popularized the concept of ContinuityReboot for superhero movies (and inspired other movie series like ''Film/JamesBond'') and [[DarkerAndEdgier grittier, more realistic]] superhero storylines in general. ''The Dark Knight'' is one of the very few comic book films to break free from the ghetto and be accepted as an example of fine cinema, highly raising the overall prestige of the genre.
* HateDumb: The trilogy's popularity has led to a not inconsiderable HypeBacklash. For example, haters will say that Christopher Nolan is rather [[PrimaDonnaDirector egotistical]], when people who have worked with Nolan say that he's quite humble and pleasant to work with. Others will accuse Nolan of "continuity-hating," when people who actually wrote the Batman comics (Frank Miller, Denny O'Neil, Chuck Dixon, etc.) have said that Nolan's adaptation is rather faithful to the character, and much better than Tim Burton's interpretation.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Ducard's FreudianExcuse from ''Film/BatmanBegins'', in light of what happened to [[LiamNeeson the actor who played him]].
** In ''Begins'', the scene where Wayne gets arrested near Wayne Enterprises property becomes this when reading [[http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/15/world/asia/china-bale-activist/index.html?hpt=hp_c2 this story.]]
** The comparisons to the Great Depression, in light of the ongoing economic crisis.
** Also, ''The Dark Knight'' has the Joker's "I think you and I are destined to do this forever" line.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' involves various destructive riots in Gotham after an era of relative stability. The script and production occured before the advent of the Occupy movement.
** The violent scenes in all three movies, and especially the orphaning of Bruce Wayne in the prologue of ''Batman Begins'', have become much more disturbing in light of [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18921492 the shooting at the premiere of the third movie.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Heath Ledger hitting on [[BrokebackMountain Jake Gyllenhall's sister]].
** The Joker and John Blake [[Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou going to high school together]].
* {{HSQ}}: Extremely high.
* IronWoobie: Bruce Wayne.
* LesYay: Selina and Jen in the third film. Reaches critical mass when Selina is looking out the window, and Jen comes up behind her and is practically nuzzling her hair.
* MagnificentBastard:
** The Joker is a rare agreed-upon example of a MagnificentBastard. He's a [[PsychoForHire mass-murdering]] MonsterClown. There should be nothing appealing about him at all, except that he's [[LaughablyEvil really funny.]] A perfect example of a villain who can pull of being both a MagnificentBastard and a CompleteMonster at the same time.
** Henri Ducard [[spoiler:/ Ra's al Ghul.]]
*** [[spoiler:Miranda Tate, his darling daughter, seems to have inherited this trait in spades. Bane's no slouch either.]]
* MagnumOpus: The trilogy as a whole, for Creator/ChristopherNolan. Especially given how rare it is to see a trilogy where all the films are near equally successful critically. For example, on RottenTomatoes no movie is below 80% fresh for the critical consensus, and for audiences none of them fall below ''90%''.
* MemeticMutation: Has [[Memes/TheDarkKnightSaga its own page]].
* MisaimedFandom:
** Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order. Base your decisions on the philosophy of an amoral lunatic. Granted, the Joker probably didn't change many minds when he identified himself as "an agent of chaos," but when he puts it so ''brilliantly''...
** There's also a similar MisaimedFandom towards [[Film/BatmanBegins Ra's al Ghul]]. Some prefer his philosophy to Batman's, even going so far as to say that Ra's had the right idea whereas Batman was just foolishly defending a city with no hope. While Ra's was more of a KnightTemplar WellIntentionedExtremist than a StrawNihilist, the overall issue is the same: people agreeing with the villain a little more than the writers probably intended.
** Some fans seem to focus more on Bane's aims of helping the oppressed masses and overthrowing the corrupt rather than the fact that Bane doesn't really give two craps about them: they're stated to be false hope to poison the city's collective souls before Bane [[NukeEm blows the place sky-high.]]
* MisaimedMarketing: All three movies were very, very, ''very'' heavily marketed to [[PeripheryDemographic young children]] - complete with coloring books, gimmicky child-safe toys and costumes, and fast food kids' meals depending on the region.
* {{Misblamed}}: Nolan sometimes gets called out for replacing Katie Holmes with Maggie Gyllenhaal in the role of Rachel Dawes (not that Rachel was a great character to begin with). In reality, Holmes declined to return in favor of starring in ''Mad Money''.
** It's been rumored for years that Holmes's then husband TomCruise pressured her into bowing out of ''The Dark Knight'' in favor of the lower tier, lower profile ''Mad Money'' so that she wouldn't outshine him in a higher profile film during the summer movie season. The result? ''The Dark Knight'' was a critical and commercial hit, ''Mad Money'' was a critical and commercial flop - setting Holmes's career back '''AGAIN''' (''Mad Money'' was her first film in three years following her marriage to Cruise). Katie's loss was Maggie's gain.
** The other prominent rumor was that she was simply replaced as a studio decision; a running criticism in many critics' reviews of ''Begins'' tended to center on her performance.
* {{Mondegreen}}:
** From the second film: Lucius Fox's "Aflong aflongkong!" He's actually saying "What's wrong with a phone call?"
** In the third film, Catwoman's "My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men" has been misheard by some as "[[SillyReasonForWar Another war made]] by getting into cars with strange men."
** Since the mask distorts Bane's voice, at times it sounds like he's saying something different.
--> Your punishment must be more supere (severe).
* {{Narm}}:
** Oh, the jokes that Christian Bale's super-husky Batman voice has inspired...
** Oh, the jokes that Tom Hardy's "Darth Connery"-esque Bane voice has inspired...
** A lot of scenes with Rachel.
* PeripheryDemographic: Like all superhero movies, a lot of young children enjoy the Dark Knight trilogy - but it's especially notable (and often controversial) here due to the very dark themes and lack of fantastical elements.
* SoCoolItsAwesome: All three movies have excellent reviews, are well-loved by Batman fans and viewers in general and are already often labeled as one of the greatest trilogies in movie history. ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' in particular is considered one of the finest superhero movies of all time.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: At one point Lucius Fox snarks that the reason the prototype body suit that Bruce turns into the first Batsuit was a government military troop armor that wasn't put into production because the army didn't consider a soldier's life worth $300,000. However, while a lightweight suit of bullet-proof body armor would be helpful, a price tag like that, multiplied times the number of troops it would have been used for and the cost of maintaining and replacing them, and its price tag goes up a few zeros, for what is still just body armor for ground forces.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Nolan's Batman films are considered critics to be some of the finest superhero movies ever made. They're also undoubtedly some of the bleakest.
* ToughActToFollow: ''The Dark Knight Rises'' suffers from this according to some; while very well-received and acknowledged as high-quality like the rest of the saga, it is somewhat overshadowed by its predecessor, ''The Dark Knight''.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Both of Bruce Wayne's personas are widely disliked in Gotham. The viewers see him in a much more positive light.
* VillainDecay: Scarecrow. He starts off as the BigBad of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', or so we think. Ra's al Ghul returns, revealing that Scarecrow is just TheDragon. It gets worse when he is taken down in the end by Rachel Dawes and a stun gun. He shows up at the beginning of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' as a lowly drug dealer and is quickly apprehended by the end of the scene.\\
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This is intentional, to show the effect Batman is having and to show that the days of the Mob are over and replaced by men like The Joker. And to be fair, Scarecrow's challenge to Batman has always been a psychological one. Once Batman created an antidote to the toxin, Scarecrow is just a skinny guy in a burlap mask.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
** Most of the effects were done in-camera, instead of with CGI. Yes, even the scene in which an eighteen-wheel semi flips over. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19140_8-movie-special-effects-you-wont-believe-arent-cgi.html Because ''that's how Batman would do it.'']]
** The destruction of the plane at the beginning of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''? That was a real plane.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: WordOfGod denies it, but there are too many allegories for aspects of the war on terror to simply overlook it. Go to the trope's page for a better explanation.
** The disturbingly realistic style in which exploding buildings and subsequent wreckage were shot can't help but evoke 9/11 somewhat. There's a reason people referred to Joker as a terrorist in the film.
** The use of [[spoiler:unwitting Gotham residents' cell phones as a kind of sonar]] absolutely ''reeks'' of current political battles over the legality of wiretapping calls overseas. It seems to come out vaguely in favor of its use in extremely limited situations, but also recognizes that those uses must be accounted for [[spoiler:as Lucius and Bruce destroy the surveillance device once the Joker is apprehended]].
*** And it's worth pointing out that [[spoiler:Lucius' ''own'' reaction to the revelation of the sonar-net is [[WhatTheHellHero "What The Hell, Bruce"?]]]]
** Selina Kyle/Catwoman's statement to Bruce at the costume party calls to mind a lot of the current rhetoric surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' got this in the week prior to its opening. First liberal pundit Christopher Lehane tried to make a connection between Bane and Bain Capital. Then conservative pundit RushLimbaugh started up his own counter-interpretation. Needless to say, Creator/ChristopherNolan and MorganFreeman (and for that matter, almost all comic book aficionados) [[WordOfGod went on record]] to declare [[WhatAnIdiot how stupid Rush was being]]. Limbaugh and Lehane also got some flack from Chuck Dixon, Bane's creator (and a conservative). By the way, neither Lehane nor Rush had seen the movie yet.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Many were leery about casting Heath Ledger as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. As everyone knows by now, he proved them all wrong.
** With ''Rises'', Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane. While not to the same extent of Heath Ledger, they've also been praised for their performances.
* WinBackTheCrowd: One of the main purposes of this trilogy was to win people back to Batman after the failure of ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. It's probably safe to say that it succeeded.
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