Pros: Despite the darkness, Batman's traditionally a pretty funny superhero comic, with a nice line in gallows / sarcastic humour (ignoring the pun in the image above, that is).
Mostly, the jokes come from supporting players, with Alfred, Nightwing and Robin all being used to lighten the tension. But Batman's been known to tell a few jokes himself - something that's almost entirely absent from Nolan's films.
Whilst some of The Dark Knight Rises’ promotional material suggests that the Nolan brothers are stepping up the joke-count for the final installment, we don’t expect it to be a laugh-a-minute.
We’d like the reboot to introduce a few wry pay-off lines to the growls and threats.
Cons: It’ll be important to get the balance right; we don’t want to see Bats chuck out one-liners as often as he throws Batarangs.