Batman is dead ...

... long live Batman. That could be the case soon, following reports from the world of comic books that Bruce Wayne will either be killed (perhaps by a villain called the Black Glove) or will retire. This is becoming standard practice these days. Superman, Captain America and various versions of The Flash have "died", but the characters are still around. Did somebody mention the word "gimmick"? (Here's one geek blogger's take on the phenomenon.)
PS: I'm out of touch, but my money's on Nightwing (Dick Grayson, the first Robin) to replace Wayne in the driver's seat of the Batmobile.