It's neat and simple which was missing from the Bat books at the time. The Joker loves chaos, Catwoman likes Batman and wants to steal, Grundy is destruction.It doesn't eplore his Rogues at all, nothing new to see there. They mostly show up, neatly one per issue usually, and that's it. It's just an excuse to have Tim Sale draw them all. His Scarecrow doesn't even seem remotely like the same character.
It's all very gorgeous to look at, but there's precious little story there.
Except in that film, Ford's character never willingly takes the fall. Harvey does. And there was also another killer.Just Dent gets some meaty bits, but his story Loeb ripped from the Harrison Ford film 'Presumed Innocent', conclusion of the murder mystery and all.
The gangster element was the focus on both Maroni and Falcone. In the Batman books, the mob was all but gone. Pretty much an afterthought. The praise was in bringing that element back to the forefront and making it relevant to Batman. He expanded on stories that Miller intentionally left open to be followed upon and at that point, only Sarah Essen was in use.And what gangster element did Loeb introduce? He just reused some bits from Year One, a story that actually was significant. Just like 90% of his books are reused bits from far superior books. Loeb specialises in comicbook clip shows.