The Dark Knight is in a league of it's own. I was completely taken in with the story, the tension, and the underlining commentary on human nature. It's the only one of the summer comic film I instantly wanted to see again. It is the first comic movie you can seriously hold out as an Oscar contender. Chris Nolan is brillant! The Dark Knight raised the bar in such a way that if any of these movies had come out after it (including the Spider Man and X-men films, which I enjoyed accept both third part installments) they probably would not have made as much money.