For me I would say no, but I would contribute that to my personal taste. I was in high school when Begins came out, It holds a special place for me (Tangent Alert: I was amazed how much crap I got for liking Batman in 05, then as soon as TDK came out Batman was pop culture cool, just like the avengers now. Girlfriends I have that saw the Avengers like 4, 5, 6 times in theaters and had never cared or picked up a comic before, they thought loki was sexy or so they told me. Amazing how that works but that's another discussion all together lol) It's my favorite Batman film, and also the first Christopher Nolan film I ever saw. (It got me to go see The Prestige the following year just because) I've watched this movie so many times, probably more than I would care to admit. I would say TDK and TDKR are the Master Pieces or the ones that' stand on top. (especially TDK) And if that's the case I would say Begins is the foundation. Is BB prefect, no but it sets up the trilogy quite beautifully in my opinion. I actually cared about Bruce Wayne and I wasn't counting the time until he is Batman on screen, it didn't matter. The theme of fear really hit me ,it still does, maybe that's just were I am now as a person. I could write more about how much I like this movie just going through scenes but I'll pick one. The Opening prison fight, it had me and I guess it still does. (you know the your not the devil, your practice scene.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_3Tu32OUSs
) When I saw it the first time I was like holy crap this is going to be good!