What kind of things are essential to a good Batman story? Character Development? Interaction? Action?
I would think that his detective skills are important, but Snyder's stuff doesn't seem to necessarily rely on it. I think what's most important to a good Batman story is mystery and suspense. That's why when I heard famous mystery and suspense writer Gregg Hurwitz was to take over Batman TDK I had high hopes. I think the story arc is still stuck while it focuses on Scarecrow, but maybe the next arc will be interesting.