How the franchise nailed the mythos
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4. The Canon
When you look out over the trilogy, there are countless callbacks and references to Batman arcs throughout history, many of which were noted in a list here last week. But in addition to those there are even nods to things like, say, "Prodigal," which is the word that came to mind when I saw the final image of "The Dark Knight Rises," and even Killer Croc (of all things). That dedication to the stories that came before without attempting to reinvent the wheel (even if compositing got a bit out of hand in the final installment) has brought the series a lot of goodwill from the fans and is something no other filmmaker has respected quite so much when saddling up to the Caped Crusader.