- Include tedious back story for hero
- Hero's parents die, he grows up an empty shell of a man who likes to fight.
- Let the hero be trained to fight by someone who invokes the hero's own daddy issues during a training montage (even though the hero can already fight, anyway)
- Allow hero to make mistakes during his early crime fighting, but use another montage to show him getting better and improving his costume. Even though he beats people up every day and has been trained as a ninja, he needs to start over when fighting deadbeat criminals. (Hint: It's OK if your film is a montage of these montages)
- Use lessons learned in previously mentioned training montage to fight an enemy at the end of the film who falls to his death, ensuring that anti-death penalty viewers will understand that the villain's death was not the hero's fault.
1 - Have the hero expose their secret identity - We saw this in Spiderman 2 and Superman 2. The secret has to get out. Apparently.
2 - The villain invades the hero's secret lair - Found in X-Men 2 and Superman 2, I hope the Joker doesn't wander around in the Batcave in a move that Christopher Knolan will try to make original.
3 - Superhero loses his powers - I know, Batman doesn't have superpowers, but there is bound to be an equivalent plot device, like Bruce Wayne hanging up his batsuit because it's just not working out. Like it the Fantastic Four:Rise of the Silver Surfer, Superman 2, and Spiderman 2.
4 - Multiple Villains - Like in Spiderman 3, Superman 2, X-Men 2, Fantastic Four:Rise of the Silver Surfer, Batman Returns, Hellboy 2...for some reason, we don't want to see our hero fight just one guy, anymore, it's got to be more than one villain. I really don't know why.
That's it. I really hate Batman Begins because it's as exciting and predictable as watching a Van Damme flick. I hope the sequel does better.