Re: Why is everyone slamming TDKR? - Part 1
There's no correlation of Batman being smart and going straight after Bane's mask. To Batman, it could have been something to scare his opponents as much as Batman's cowl or Joker's "war paint". It's only in the Pit when he finds out that Bane has the mask for medical reasons.
But, Batman did attack the mask at certain moments even in the sewer fight, but none of that mattered anyways when he finally was able to cut off a pipe using his gauntlet in the second fight.