Perhaps my biggest issue with the Nolan series ( which I love a lot by the way like BB and TDK) is nolan just kinda dropping his whole escalation theme that began in the Dark Knight. I mean why did he do that cause to be honest DKR i felt we had the wrong villain has the main villain in that film. Yeah they said joker "changed" it or what Joker said " This city deserves a better class a criminals and I am gonna give it to em." Guys remember when Joker talked about I pictured a world without Batman and it was so boring or whatever. Why the heck didnt Nolan continue with that theme of it cause I feel he just gave up that theme to end the trilogy. Though he is not at complete fault since he didn't want to do the DKR he ended the series in mind with the TDK. That ending with Joker saying they will be doing this forever and that Batman has changed things forever.
I feel that The Dark Knight was the ending of the series or should have been cause you can say Nolan left it open for other directors to continue where he left off from that ending. It does feel that the Dark Knight Rises was to me a forced ending.