“You’re not Batman anymore.”
So if reliable old Alfred is to be trusted, and cannon suggests he might very well be the only character in the mythos worthy of the description, Batman stops being Batman at some stage during Batman.
While this may not seem a revelation, it stands as more of less definitive proof that poor old broken Brucie threw in the Bat-Towel at some stage over the eight years separating TDKR and its predecessor.
What are your thoughts on this?
Will it make for good drama?
Or is the notion of a High Functioning Sociopath in the years (decades?) old habit of violently, pathologically battling criminals suddenly abandoning his dominant, nay defining persona a difficult pill to swallow?
On the plus side.... EXPLOSIONS!