While Christopher Nolan's epic trilogy may not do everything better than other cinematic Batman attempts before or since, it gets the most right and created what is still the iconic live action Batman of the modern age.
The Dark Knight Trilogy practically invented the "gritty reboot", bringing a sense of realism and tangibility to the comic book superhero, inspiring imitators both good and bad to this day. Its first instalment, Batman Begins, finally brought Bruce Wayne's origin story to the big screen and revitalised the Caped Crusader after the disaster that was Batman & Robin.
The first film may have captured some attention, but its follow-up The Dark Knight is where the series transcended into pop culture legend. Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning portrayal of The Joker is still regarded as one of the best movie villain performances of all time, and the film beautifully dug deeper into the socio-political intricacies of order vs. chaos and vigilantism in a post 9/11 America.
Admittedly, The Dark Knight Rises was a major step-down from its predecessors and became a bit too bloated and self-serious, but it at least put a solid cap on the series' characters and themes. The three films tell a mostly cohesive story over three instalments, and in that time Nolan said everything he needed to about Batman. Now, we just have to hope DC can find its own unique angle for the Batfleck series.