And you're being blatant. He didn't "vanish" he went into full-on 'stealth" as long as the people were concerned. His presence was always being felt, as was the presence of everyone else from Batman's "world." By the end of TDK most of the mob bosses were killed, criminals were arrested and kept that way, and Batman's absence stopped the Joker's gamble of more freaks emerging (at least publicly). To say that these elements weren't in the film is to question the entire story of why Bane comes into Gotham and why the events of TDKR take place. It's kinda very important. Why do you punish? Not for justice. But to purge them. Punishment and purgatory are synonymous. In other words, to rehabilitate. The reason you put people into prison is to make sure they're rehabilitated to fit your own crazy definition of morality and normalcy, it's the whole point of imprisonment. Later on when we see Bruce being "imprisoned" indefinitely the thematic parallels are there and made explicit. It's why the main antagonist is Bane -- a guy who revels in that sort of confinement and has an entire origin based around it. You don't put people behind bars and expect them to stay there forever on tax-payer's money. Even capitol punishment ends with the idea that since you're incapable of going back to society, you'll be killed off. In other words, DEATH is also an act of redemption. You're put in a prison to redeem yourself. Dent Act, by suggesting that parole is impossible, is basically Two-Face's idea of telling you "there's no escape from this." Well then suspend yer damned belief But what do you mean by hog wash? That it shows how hypocritical Batman and his buddies were or that narrative-wise it didn't make any sense whatsoever? Because I'm sure the rest of the forum would disagree with you there.