This FFFD will be slightly different from previous installments due to the fact that I will be reviewing a trilogy of films not as individual parts but as the whole.
The trilogy in question is Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
What is often forgotten about the better sequels is that Batman Begins is a slow film, Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne doesn't even look at a black cape until at least an hour into the film. The whole 'soul-searching for the criminal mind' thing doesn't entirely take off although the League of Shadows training set up in the first film gives Batman an idea of the psychological tools to use as well as helps set up Bane in The Dark Knight Rises
The other eaily forgettable fact of Batman Begins is how science fiction Gotham as a city is. There's a crazy monorail which leaps out as being part of the villain's scheme in the first film but then vanishes, making way for the entirely real Chicago to double as Gotham in the two sequels. There is also the narrows, a Spawn-esque slum which again vanishes with The Dark Knight.
The Scarecrow, Cillian Murphy's super disturbing villain actually has very little to do in all three films as the villain of the first film is Liam Neeson. I found this a big old shame as there was a lot more potential if The Scarecrow had remained the main villain of Batman begins. As it was, Liam appears again and tries to set off his masterplan and gets stopped. It is only in the seminal, The Dark Knight that the villain really takes off: Heath Ledger's Joker is a terrifying character, a true and utter anarchist in the truest sense of the word and it gives Batman an interesting series of morals to face off against, a theme that certainly takes center stage in the Dark Knight. Certainly it is a test of the character that we see in The Dark Knight. Even though Bane in The Dark Knight Rises gives Batman a physical challenge, and beats him at first, it is the Joker that perhaps pushes the character further and darker than in any of the other two films and it is one of the reasons why the Joker is a much more intense and powerful role than Bane's.
However, across all three films, Batman's arc spans quite a while and starts in a reasonable enough way although the re-imagining of his parent's death is not as powerful as you'd hope. Instead, the emotional core of the three films come from Rachel Dawes (whose change in actress after Batman Begins is ignored), Alfred (Michael Caine on top form), Lucius Fox and Det. Gordon. They are usually more interesting and emotionally involving than Bruce Wayne/Batman throughout the three films.
The trilogy as a whole is of a very high standard, the slower Batman Begins is the weakest of the three but succeeds in creating the world and the tone that the other two are based on. The Dark Knight is the best and The Dark Knight Rises is very good, but lacks some of the epic feel of The Dark Knight. But the final films ends on a satisfying (albeit predictable tone) and nicely rounds off the trilogy.
Whilst the lighter toned Marvel films will (probably) go on for some time, what you had here was a nicely contained trilogy that spans Bruce Wayne's life and includes some of the most memorable friends, enemies and themes of the iconic comic character. A stunning trilogy over all and certainly on par with any other series of superhero films. God help whoever has to do the next Batman film, there'll be a lot to live up to.