Originally Posted by BlueLightning
He does, but not in a suicidal sense. He is shown that he has no fear of death, and that makes him weaker. That's the whole point of the Pit scenes.
I'm not sure I follow you with him having a death wish, but not in a suicidal sense. That seems a bit contradictory.
No fear of death? Yeah, certainly. 100% agree there.
for it? That's just Alfred being unusually dickish to Bruce, not based on anything Bruce ever did in the film. Before or after.
In The Dark Knight Returns, there's a moment where Batman thinks to himself 'This would be a good death', so there's the idea that he has considered how he would like to go out, but I also never saw that as a desire to die.
My view of Batman is that he's too compelled to do as much good as he can for the world, no matter his suffering, to ever want to die.