I don’t remember the Batman series being so explosive in the comics or past movie incarnations. In this trailer, it seems that the whole city is exploding. I still remember the funnier adaptations of Batman, like having Harlequin or the Riddle change the mood.
I think this is basically the theme 2012+ pessimistic zeitgeist of a bad economy, bad politics and a prevalent dystopian worldview. Do people think life is that awful and hopeless?
But on another light, if these characters are able to struggle amidst this dystopian world, then these heroes are victors of life and are able to truly find freedom and justice. The last movie, with the White Knight’s betrayal/death was a subversion of justice and inversion of a moral worldview. We’ll see how the series ends. i’m excited!