Originally Posted by TheDreamMaster
I'd have removed the 8 year exile. I don't mind the gap, but I think Bruce leaving the Bat behind was a terrible idea. This is supposed to be the man who is the Batman and Wayne is the facade. I wanted to see a Batman who'd been on the run while cleaning the streets. I hoped for references to other rouges he encountered during this time. Then we get the super clean Gotham of TDKR and we could have a Batman who was toying with the idea of normalcy before Bane shows up. I think it would have also made Bane seem even more threatening to take down a Batman at his peak versus the frail Bruce in the suit the first half portrays him as.
I very much agree with this. I also think that the 8 year exile kind of ruins the epic ending of TDK, that ending was so powerful when I thought that he had finally become the embodiment of "The Dark Knight". Instead I find out he he just quit.