Re: How Long Was Bruce Wayne Actually Batman in this Trilogy?
I kinda of agree with the notion that for this world, it would have made sense for Gotham to no longer need a Batman and I think for now, they don't. Bruce made his dramatic example by the "death" of Batman and saving the city as well as "letting the truth have its day." What TDKR does address is that there will always be corruption and evil on some level. Blake sees this and the the movie suggests that the Batman symbol, which is someone noble who exists outside the law, might be necessary again. There's a generational theme in TDKR with Blake and Talia. Bruce's actions don't exist in a void. What he did has Batman will continue to affect generations long after him. It would be unbelievable to say that Gotham is "fixed" permanently.