I am not sure that means much to me, I hope it is good, but a part from potentially Batman Begins I did not find the movies to be that great and Dark Knight Rises I thought was bad.
Dark Knight was good, but almost totally because of Ledger's Joker in my book. If he was not in it I do not think it is half as good or memorable.
Just my two cents though, I hope the new movie is enjoyable enough though. Pattenson is a pretty good actor really and has done alot to dig out of the whole Twilight thing. Lighthouse was particularly good.
I agree with your assessment. Batman Begins was very good and Dark Knight would have been a step down if not for Ledger's performance. Rises was not good.
I don't care about gritty. Penguin looks good in the new one but I'm not sold on the Batman and we haven't really seen the Riddler.