no intentional spoilers
The fully expanded Batman returns in this grim reaper follow-up to the beginning.
In the harsh glory of reality if this is the second of any trilogy this is what George Lucas would call the dark episode.
This movie harkens back to comic conventions - there are definite start and end points of each episode of the movie as if in a graphic novel to keep the audience hanging on - and the descent of the dark knight is grim indeed.
This Gotham City is more realistic - seen in the harsh reality of day.
Director Chris Nolan is afforded the time to let the characters have full conversations on screen - not just the short blurb and keep it moving style of Lucas in his Star Wars - and not just with major characters but between lieutenant and mayor for instance.
Joker is the new nemesis in town seemingly wreaking havoc just for the sake of it making him dangerous and unpredictable. Heath Ledger's in his penultimate role as Joker leaves a lasting impression that beckons the call of award recognition.