Re: How Long Was Bruce Wayne Actually Batman in this Trilogy?
I think there is much evidence pointing to Bruce having a relatively short time as Batman. However, in the context of the films it makes perfect sense, and not without a merit. I think the gripe is that we are accustomed to a serialized form of narrative where nothing ever ends. But I love Rises because we get an amazing ending that works even on a meta level.
A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.