The Dark Knight Rises(2012)
directed by Chris Nolan
Rightly so, because the epic ending is actually a way of avoiding having to come up with an interesting end to the series.
The attack on Wall Street, misses any opportunity to be more than a desperate grab at topicality, so its ultimate attempt at gravity (the implied social and economic thin ice we are all walking on in the real world and that we see at the very beginning of the film) is meaningless.
This is why after Bane's death, the film becomes stale, obvious, devoid of its earlier all too rare moments of surprise and tension.
Unlike "The Dark Knight", which only ratchets up the suspense after Joker's capture, with Two-Face's kidnap of Commissioner Gordon's family, The Dark Knight Rises falls to a standstill when it should be at its peak.
No matter how forgiving I might want to be, this was not a very good movie.
A good series, and a film with some interesting character acting and a good score, but run-of-the mill as an action film, dull as superhero film, and flat as a drama, as lacking imagination and over-complicated as "Inception".
Like "Star Wars" and "The Matrix" before it, a series with a strong start, gets phoned in at the end, and rises to a dismal finish.