Re: Question Regarding Batman's First Fight With Bane
OK. I must apologize myself, maybe I'm not using the term correctly. I searched for the correct meaning and I realize I'm not using it right. I used it before because it reminded me how Bruce Timm joked about DCAU Batman had a death wish according to the Starcrossed finally. I guess it just stuck me as the example you mention from The Dark Knight Returns, because I also got glimpses for it in Rises.
The film does hint to Bruce Wayne is seeking (unconsciously) to die in battle. It is mentioned by Alfred, and makes an impression on Bruce. He knows that Bruce isn't fit to be Batman anymore, and Bruce neglects this. It is mentioned by Bane and the prisons doctor too. Also it's something that in the end he overcame. He saw more to his life.
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.