The man who broke the bat was Heath Ledger's Joker.
Eight years after the events of Dark Knight, we start our film with a Bruce Wayne that is already broken. Not only has he not been Batman during these eight years, he hasn't been Bruce either. He doesn't leave the house, he can barely walk and his company is going down the drain.
With an opening like that, and a title like this one, there is surely only one way this character can go.
Although not an awful movie at all, this movie does have a lot of problems and just doesn't live up to the previous installment. There are some scenes that are a bit silly, some bits of the story that are illogical, but the biggest issue is that Batman kinda sucks in this movie. Seriously, this is a Batman movie that will have kids fighting to be Robin when they play together.
Don't believe me? Here's a list of Bat-fails from the movie. Note it's also a list of pretty much every scene Batman has.
*SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS FOLLOW*
1. Batman meets Catwoman she knocks him down with ease and steals his mum's necklace and his fingerprints.
2. Robin figures out his secret identity with almost no effort.
3. Batman meets Catwoman again he takes back the necklace but loses his car.
4. Batman fails to stop Bane from messing up the stock market he actually helps Bane to escape by distracting the cops.
5. Batman loses all his money and his company he gets kicked out of his own board meeting.
6. Batman successfully manages to get his chosen successor to take over the company but she turns out to be the main villain.
7. Alfred walks out on Batman.
8. Batman meets Catwoman again she leads him straight into a trap.
9. Bane slaps Batman around with ease, breaks his back, steals his toys, then drops him in a prison to rot.
10. Batman fails several times to make it out of the prison something that a little girl could do.
11. Batman, after his glorious "rise", comes back for his final battle with Bane it ends with Catwoman saving him from otherwise certain death.
12. He refuses to stop talking in his silly Bat-voice, even when everyone who can hear him knows he's Bruce Wayne.
At no point during this movie does Batman ever really "rise" at no point does he do anything remarkable. Sure he does have a couple of small wins, but they're clouded at best. Namely:
1. He gets out of the prison eventually but so did a little girl, with no training.
2. He makes it back to Gotham, with no money, little food, no idea where he is but this is all done off screen.
3. He saves Gordon but only just, and he wastes so much time putting together a big fiery bat symbol first.
4. He flies the bomb safely away after wasting time chatting and kissing with less than 5 minutes to detonation also he's not really in the plane.
In comparison, every other character makes more sense and is more useful to the plot.
The other issue with this movie is the elephant in the room. It seems to be trying very, very hard to connect back up to Batman Begins, whilst simultaneously avoiding any mention of Joker.
The result of this makes The Dark Knight a pointless movie which is shocking. Worse, the overall storyline would now work better WITHOUT The Dark Knight the greatest Batman movie ever made.
In fairness, Nolan admitted this was deliberate he felt it wrong to bring Joker into it at all if Heath Ledger wasn't alive to see it, which is fair. But this movie doesn't just feel like it ignores Joker it feels like it erases him which is a big shame.
Still it's not bad, and if you loved Dark Knight you will have to watch this
even if you don't want to