Re: Rumor: Bale may be back as Batman in JL - Part 2
It always fascinates me how people can have such different interpretations of a movie.
I for one think that TDKR is great at its core, and that it does understand the 'essence of Batman'. However, it also addresses that the 'essence of Batman', while lending itself to great heroism in Batman's obsession/guilt, etc, is also problematic; Being Batman is indeed emotionally unhealthy, and TDKR gave us the circumstances for Bruce to confront that. They do this by giving us something that isn't from the comics, that being Batman is permanently physically damaging as well. Bruce has to learn to trust people (to go against his 'essence').
I don't think the movies are saying that 'being Batman=bad', retirement=good. Rather it's saying that both are needed, just at different times.