Originally Posted by RachelDawes
Well Batman did save Gotham from total destruction twice, so there's that.
I agree. In addition, I think the general audience took the release dates of BB
as bookending the main period of Batmanís activity. Thatís three years - plenty of time to establish a reputation, a legacy and the legend. Even if (as some analytical fans have concluded) it was only a year, it might be assumed that the enigmatic Batman was making his presence known (and making the newspapers) at least once a week during this period. Thatís over 50 appearances - again, enough to create a legendary status. And this doesnít include the speculation and rumors that would have percolated during the mysterious 8-year exile; nor does it include Batmanís dramatic reappearance and martyrdom. Sounds like enough stuff to make an indelible impact - and a notable career.
Originally Posted by Marvin
...would have accepted it if he actually killed him.
But if your objection is that the accumulated Batman time wasnít sufficient, killing him off wouldnít fix that.