Re: 8 years of no Batman or Bruce Wayne, and NO ONE could pick up the trend?
As BLR said, Bruce as the only one who could ever be Batman never sat well with me either. It seems rather short sighted of Bruce to not pass on the mantle once he felt he had done his part (be it like in Rises or just getting too old). He can't stop crime entirely and I don't like to think that he's dumb enough to think that he can. You'd need someone else doing his job in a city like Gotham.