Even the darkest, most serious Marvel movies (e.g. Winter Soldier) still have moments of levity and pure enjoyment that don't detract from the overall tone of the movie. I don't understand why DC still can't figure that out.
No Joss Wheadon maybe?
I heard it put once that Marvel does characters and DC does archetypes, and this case is the problem manifesting that way.
Batman is so Batman
that he creates a "Batfield" which distorts everything in his media to fit a grimy, shadowy echo of the world as he makes it.
Inside of it he's The Dark Knight, but outside of it he's a nihilistic sadist who beats up the poor and the crazy.
If Batman is larger
than Life, is Bruce Wayne smaller