Re: How Long Was Bruce Wayne Actually Batman in this Trilogy?
Another great post and I do still agree. If not for the darn ending of Bruce's journey. I'd still have loved to have seen him follow his father's footsteps ala Kingdom Come over faking his death ala Dark Knight Returns (as well as a better usage of the villains). Then I'd be very much more appreciative.
If you do want some stories of when characters do stay injured for a while, they are generally found in runs when it's one writer over a long period of time. For example during Batman RIP, Bruce broke his hand punching through Hurt's helicopter window, but later, when he tries to kill a Green Lantern's nerve cluster he can't because his grip is too weak, which is the eventual leading to his "death".