As great as Inception is and all, TDK is without doubt my all time favorite masterpiece of a film to date. Everything about it seems so perfect! It is hard to imagine TDKR living up to this film, but then again this is Christopher Nolan! Definitely the most anticipated film... ever.
TDK is the film that truly made me become a Nolan fanatic. I watched Memento first and LOVED it, then saw BB in theaters and thought it was a good movie, but nothing amazing. Then "The Dark Knight" came out and BLEW MY MIND. I will never forget watching the "Magic Trick" scene for the first time, the whole theater flipped out and it was right there that I realized that I was watching a masterpiece. Definitely the best film of 2008, and it is probably my 2nd favorite Nolan film, just behind "Inception".
I agree with another poster, when TDK got snubbed from getting a Best Picture nod, my view on the Academy completely changed. Sure, this was a huge blockbuster. Sure, this was a superhero movie. BUT....... it was much much more than that. It was one of the greatest crime movies ever made, one of the greatest heist films ever made, one of the best action films ever made, one of the greatest thrillers ever made, and it had THE MOST AMAZING VILLAIN EVER SEEN ON FILM. Heath Ledger's performance cannot be praised enough, and it is his performance that should have elevated this film in the eyes of the Academy. But they failed miserably and did not reward the most gripping film of 2008. It is this reason that I really hope they honor "Inception" this year, just to make up for their snub.
So in short (LOL)... "The Dark Knight" is phenomenal and one of my all-time favorite movies.