Originally Posted by henzINNIT
In hindsight, I would have loved to see Bruce actually need to be Batman in a personal sense. It's set up pretty well in Begins, but in following films he's clearly just looking for a way out the whole time.
This is definitely part of Nolan's Batman. He's itching to get back to being Batman at the beginning of TDKR, and his thoughts of it being HIS city to protect are explored in TDK with the idea of there being a rise in Batmen. He's always looking for a solution to his original mission statement, but he clearly enjoys/needs being Batman, as an addict does. He knows he needs a way out, but he doesn't really know how to not need it until he learns to embrace the truth and learn from it, not try to fight it. Also, Nolan's Batman actually grows up and is able to let go of his need for it since it's not a serialized concept where they need him to stay obsessed, which is a very welcome change from the borderline psychotic version of Bruce we usually get.