Now that it's all said and done and the Christopher Nolan phase of the Batman saga is (allegedly) over, we can truly assess the director and co-writer's contribution to the character's film history. As fans, we all have our own gripes or criticisms about the hero's character arc and storylines. Some of us would've preferred different villains (The Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy, the original Two-Face, etc.). Some would've enjoyed the addition of Robin. And some grew weary of brooding-and-bummed Bruce Wayne and wish he'd lighten up like Tony Stark, or at least have a balance of light and dark, like Peter Parker. And all of those are valid complaints/suggestions. Alas, my personal issue with the trilogy involves the female characters.
Yes, I'm female. But this isn't a feminist rant. I'm not vying for more screen time, better roles, or less damsel-in-distressing. I just don't think Nolan ever truly thought through Bruce's romantic relationships. I could care less if Batman falls in love, but if you're going to spend a quarter of the film dwelling on what flavor of the week he's suddenly intrigued by, you might as well make it substantial. I think that's what Spider-man has always excelled at above all other superhero films. It truly does have a perfect balance of romance, personal growth, and heroics, and they all carry equal weight.
While it's true that Nolan could not have foreseen the backlash of casting Katie Holmes in Batman Begins, he did manage to establish a relatively interesting love triangle in The Dark Knight containing Maggie Gyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart. But once that came to a devastating end, he owed it to the character to either find him someone who could love such a burdened, broken man or to forever pine after his "one true love" (even though she rejected him in a letter before she died). Instead, in The Dark Knight Rises, [mini-spoiler] he basically courts both Marion Cotillard's Miranda and Anne Hathaway's Selina/Catwoman, and ends up with whichever woman would take him. [mini-spoiler ends] The addition of love triangles in the saga seems to only be for the purpose of accelerating the plot. Whether or not Bruce is in love or if he's meant to be with any of these women is irrelevant.
What do you wish Nolan would have done differently?