Why do I feel like this is gonna end pretty bad? Look at the bigger picture: justice league will probably stop Batman, and given Selina's actual development, she's a wanted villain who killed 237 people (even though we know she didn't do it). I was extremely happy with all the engagement, but it seems to me they will put on that Batman is 'crazy' or something. I don't know. I'm worried. Maybe I'm overreacting, I don't know.
This is what Tom King said about how people around him are going to react:
Some people are going to think, ‘Oh, my gosh, he’s gone insane, we need to fix him.’ And others will go, ‘He’s gone sane. We finally have a Batman we’ve been looking for’.
The only reason people, including those in his life, would perceive this as “Batman is crazy” is because it seems out of character for him to want to pursue personal happiness. He’s become so pigeonholed into the role of brooding, miserable, justice-obsessed orphan that people can’t see him as anything else or wanting anything else, and that’s exactly the perception that Tom King is trying to disrupt. There is no reason why his sanity should be questioned just because he wants happiness in his life because that’s something that every reasonable person would want. The decision for Batman to pursue happiness isn’t the result of a mental lapse and it didn’t come out of nowhere. How it manifested itself was pretty surprising but there are actual recent events where you can see how Batman’s way of thinking and motivations have evolved and that, my friends, is character development.
“The Button” was a pinnacle moment in this. This is in a sense Bruce seeing his father for the first time as a father himself. Flashpoint Thomas Wayne carries the same burden that Bruce carries. He understands the costs of a lifetime of crime fighting, neverending suffering and personal sacrifice, and he doesn’t want that for his *son*. He told Bruce to find happiness.This forces Bruce to reflect on the example that he’s setting for his own son and he realizes that Damian is going down the same path as him and that’s not the life he wants for him either. In a way it was three generation converging past, present, and future and essentially Thomas was saying “it’s too late for me but it’s not too late for you.” Bruce made a very conscientious decision to seek happiness in his life and he believes that that involves Selina Kyle. There was nothing “crazy” about it.
Some people are going to be okay with it; some are not, and it might disrupt some of his other relationships. Bruce isn’t going to let the feelings of third parties dictate his actions otherwise he wouldn’t have knowingly, illegally broken into a closed country. I see his attitude about it being more like ‘you don’t have to like it but it’s happening’. King has 100 issues planned so far, this engagement isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.