It feels like TDKR, for the most part, tries to back off of the ending of TDK-Batman & Gordon lying about Dent's crimes led to Gordon losing a bit of his credibility with the public (and specifically the noble Blake) and to Batman being less effective when he first tried to stop Bane. The lie while noble seems overly distrustful of the public, the lie in itself can cause as much or more damage than the truth could have when the truth is revealed. And yet, in the end, it's revealed that Batman faked his death, committing another, bigger lie to the public and also to his allies like Blake and maybe Gordon. It's doubtful that lie could be discovered, but does it reverse the distancing from the decision of TDK? Does Batman have a right to lie, especially a noble fiction like he gave everything to the public? Is it not such a lie since he came close to doing so, was willing to do so, and really did give up a lot?