The Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator shows the film with the remarkably high 94% approval rating in both the critic and audience categories, a feat almost unheard of in film history, let alone for the release of a major studio tentpole Summer blockbuster. But then The Dark Knight (2008) actually seemed to reveal a big problem with the Academy Awards that year, since it was snubbed from even being nominated Best Picture. Non-coincidentally, viewership of the Oscars has declined ever since.
Let's talk a little bit about the film that preceded it, though. The first film in Nolan's trilogy, Batman Begins (2005) had decent success in its theatrical run three years earlier, it really did not hit its stride until its DVD and Blu-Ray release had had time to make the rounds on home video. Once there, the film truly skyrocketed in popularity as the best live-action iteration of Batman yet. Not only was Batman back, but it was better than ever.