Talking with the Detroit Free Press, the actor, who played the gangster Maroni in the movie, reflected on what the Batman films are to him. "What do you get out of a Batman movie? You get entertainment, that's true. But what do you get to take home with you in your heart or your mind? It's questionable for me. When a movie costs that much, so many movies don't get made that can educate, enlighten, move, comfort," he explained. "Batman didn't do any of those things that I named, for me, anyway, even though I enjoyed watching it."
Indeed, he has nothing but praise for Nolan saying, "He's a real winner and he knows what he wants every second of every day." But Roberts kind of does have a point.
While "The Dark Knight" will go down as one of the best comic movies of all time, and certainly as high a calibre of popcorn entertainment as it gets, this writer would agree that we'd struggle to call the film "moving" or "enlightening" (one could argue "Inception" has a much richer emotional core). Whether a movie needs to "educate" or "comfort" is a different kind of debate that we'll leave for another time.
But does a movie need to have an emotional center to rank among the greats or can entertainment combined with intelligence and a fresh approach be more than enough? Do you agree with Roberts assessment of Nolan's Batman movies? Can the final chapter of "The Dark Knight Rises" raise the bar yet again and bring the dramatic elements that have been missing thus far? Weigh in below.