Originally Posted by MagnarTheGreat
Maybe if TDK didn't exist, things would be different. Bruce spent that movie after a point looking for a way to shut down the Batman project, denounced copycats, wanted to leave a non-Batman successor, and retire with his childhood friend. And then he corrupted his incorruptible symbol at the end of TDK. The character as written just flip flops in whatever direction they decided to take, a very "the ends justify the means" style of writing in particular seems to be employed in TDKR.
I find that to work hand in hand with whatever TDK was trying to say, though. There couldn't be a non-Batman successor, and the person who was had to be lifted through a lie, so the hero with a face for Gotham has to be Batman, but it doesn't have to exactly be Bruce Wayne behind that mask and it can't be someone who think they can pretend to be Batman and carry around guns. The person who wanted to create something bigger, to create this everlasting legend in Batman Begins doesn't have to be Batman forever, nor could he.