I've never been a comic book fan, at least not outside of the Beano. I do however have a massive love for superhero movies - unless M Night Shyamalan has had anything to do with them...
Nolan's Batman trilogy is up there with the best of them (although for comedic value Iron Man would probably take the plaudits).
The Dark Knight as the second installment is in a word Awesome.
From Heath Ledger's demonic and chaotic Joker, through Aaron Eckhardt's destroyed face the film is so well put together. Even Michael Caine manages to not annoy me as Alfred, and while disappointing that Katie Holmes didn't come back to play Rachel Maggie Gyllenhaal is a very suitable replacement.
It is always disappointing when plaudits are thrown at actors or musicians that are sadly taken before their time. But in the case of Ledger the only sad thing is that he can only win one Oscar for this role, and it was very much earned. Not even Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs comes close to the sheer sadism that Ledger brings to the Joker.
Nolan's trilogy is far better than the Clooney, Keaton, Kilmer versions of the 90s, and I very much cannot wait for the Dark Knight Rises (and not just for Anne Hathaway in a cat suit...).