Re: How Long Was Bruce Wayne Actually Batman in this Trilogy?
I never thought of the eight-year gap as Bats being 'allowed' to take time off.
Rather he wasn't allowed to be Batman, to be the Hero, out there saving people every night, because Batman made decision 8 years ago that he was supposed to be the villain. Dent was supposed to be the Hero.
You can see it in the TDKR. Like Alfred says, Bruce is just waiting for things to go wrong again. He can't wait to get back out there, because it's what he believes deep down is right (defeating criminals, and not upholding the lie), and it gives him a sense of purpose.
Bats was just resisting getting back out there in the beginning of TDKR because he was adhering to what he and Gordon previously laid out as being the 'just', responsible course of action. It took Robin and Gordon's pleas to convince Bruce that Batman 'had to come back'.
Last edited by FeedOnATreeFrog; 01-05-2013 at 12:10 AM.