Gotham Central wrote:
2. This is one of those criticisms that only comes up because people are used to comic book characters being depicted as superhuman instead of people doing a job. Nolan specifically made the choice to show us a Batman that was at his core still a man and not a superman. Doing what Bruce does would burn him out. Remember his visit to the doctor (didn't someone write this very parody online about Bruch visiting a doctor?). Physically, Bruce is a mess. Even the best athlete cannot do what he was doing forever. The physical abuse alone would force him to retire. Bruce was in bad shape at the start of the film.
I get that this probably can't be a lifetime obsession like in the comics, because there's only so much abuse a real world Batman can take. But I would still expect him to be at it a whole lot longer than THIS.
I don't know if I really want a Batman who can only last 3 or 4 years fighting crime before he has to hang it all up, or who only considers it a short-term job. That to me isn't really Batman
anymore. It's just a rich guy running around in military armor playing vigilante (which is basically how he came across in Begins, if you ask me).
I thought TDK did a lot to establish that he really WAS in this for the long-haul, and that he really WAS driven by the same things the Batman of the comics was.
But it turns out.... not so much.