His Batman appearances were somewhat limited, and I've always found Nolan's Bruce to be a bit emo-ish, yet this time I thought he kind of changed all that. I disliked the circumstances at the beginning. "Injuries he sustained eight years ago?" All the cartiledge damage. Just didn't buy a lot of that. I kind of wished they had done the opposite. Had him training while in hiding, like that's all he knew to do to pass the time, and became reclusive. It would almost make Bane defeating him even more impressive. But once the plot conveinently forgot what eight years of atrophy does to the body... ...He nailed it. It was like Val Kilmer meets Michael Keaton. They brought back the "disturbed mentally" and "kind of off" element Keaton had. They also gave him a "devil may care sensibility" as Bruce which got rid of that "prick millionaire" identity Nolan used before. Much better. Made Bruce likeable, so when he was out of costume you weren't waiting around for him to put it on so he'd stop being a d*** to everyone. Then the training. Lots of training. The facing your fears part seemed a little plot devicey. I kind of knew he'd eventually try it without the rope, but I loved the Rocky training sequence. I've always wanted one in a Batman, and it's never been done. I guess the problem is the limited Batman appearances, although he seemed to let go of the voice a little more this time so he could actually speak and carry on a conversation that wasn't dead serious. Plus: "no guns, no killing". Perfect, yet corny, Batman line. I love how he deadpans it like he doesn't realize how ridiculous it sounds. Perfect Bats. It was really the first time they seemed to have any fun with Batman.