Just saw The Dark Knight Rises - although I'm not a serious DC fan, I know enough about the Batman series and the DC Universe - does this count as coming out of the nerd closet? - that Nolan didn't do as good of a job as I wished, albeit better than my expectations. (Wishes aren't the same as expectations, at least to me!)
SPOILER ALERT - stop reading if you haven't seen the movie/don't really care about my opinion! (Just being honest about the last part, you shouldn't have to read about something you don't want to!)
I read about a few flaws that critics have already pointed out: Fox's (Morgan Freeman) dialogue about the timing of the bomb (to the letter), how John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds out Batman's identity (along with how easy it was, at times, for other characters like Bane to deduce it) etc... they're all fair, but most of them have nothing to do with how well the film lined up with the comics.
Was it a good movie? Yes! A trilogy done well!
Were the actors/actresses good? Yes!!! Outstanding!
Did it portray the characters as well as it should have? Not even close. Batman, Bane (and his goons, they have a certain personality to them that I would assume DC fans would know about), Catwoman, and soon-to-be Robin received what is (arguably) inevitable but something that I dread in the film industry: They received the Hollywood treatment. Think Robert Downey Jr.'s poor acting skills (he doesn't change character for different roles) and how he was cast for the Iron Man role in three films. That's something that I'm more than willing to discuss with anyone who disagrees with my infamous anti-RDJr. complaint, but that's another comic universe and "film production entity" entirely. The characters in The Dark Knight Rises became something that just didn't give the same feeling as the Batman that was known to kids, comic enthusiasts, and any other person who recalled what he and the other characters were like, prior to Nolan's work on Batman trilogy.
Batman - revealed slips throughout the movie about his true identity far too often; bad enough that it was revealed at all. Christian Bale is a boss. Nolan, not so much.
Alfred - Michael Caine is also boss. Nolan, still not. I felt like he said a bit too much. A necessary role in delivering words of wisdom to the protagonist in the context of the movie, but ultimately over-glorified. Nothing should be taken away from him though, his character definitely fulfilled his role as one of the most resourceful and classiest butlers in comic book history.
Bane - nice job on removing the tubes and wrestling mask, Nolan. Not. A character's costume is a big part of who they are, and if you've seen Bane prior to this film, the only thing that's the same is his somewhat psychotic personality. Bane was also tiny in comparison to what he is supposed to be (easily 7' while inhaling venom). The function of Bane's mask had nothing to do with the true character's either. Hollywood Bane wears a mask so he doesn't feel the pain. True Bane wears a mask so he can intake toxin and become more powerful (and physically grow, as mentioned). Would the inclusion of "toxin" pushed the film past its probably-limiting PG-13 rating because of drug reference?
Catwoman - Anne Hathaway blew me away with her acting skills - I went in disliking her having been cast as Catwoman, but how she did it changed that. HOWEVER, Catwoman's outfit and heroine personality did not fit in with her true character. Since when did Selina Kyle have an ethical stance? Since Nolan. Wasn't happy with that.
John Robin Blake - played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, another great actor who did an equally great job in his role (Robert Downey Jr., you could learn something from this guy). Too bad he didn't have the same name as any of the three best, already-available names for Robin: Dick Grayson (who later becomes Nightwing, what would have been most logical for the movie), Jason Todd, or Tim Drake.
Overall, a great film and definitely worth your money. I loved almost all aspects of the film, save for the massive disconnection from the comics.
Little rant: I don't know why other DC fans haven't made complaints about the film. Instead, they complained about complaints on the film instead. I read a news report about how some Batman enthusiasts (or even just comic book fans, can't remember) threatened critics for posting negative reviews about the film. Where did those kids grow up, the 2000's?
Explanation for the two bottles of haterade: The reason why I'm so critical is because I fear that this generation will know Batman as Nolan's Batman, rather than Bob Kane and Bill Finger's Caped Crusader. Iron Man's character has already been distorted beyond repair with Robert Downey Jr., which is why I will always be critical of anything from the actor and the entity that is Disney-Marvel.