And by that I mean in an ideal world. This is a response to "another tired batman pop psychology thread....here, enjoy". Ideally, Gotham would inherit a hero who would defend Gotham because it's the right thing to do rather than a person who can't let go of his tragic motivation. It's funny how Batman hasn't really done more for the city than cancel out super-crime. But it's more than that; today, it occurred to me that Snyder stopped following Bruce's philanthropic endeavor from the first few issues of "Batman". Then it occurred to me that I can't remember a single charitable effort Bruce has done for the city that made a lasting impact. No matter what he does, writers always go back to the cowl and Crime Alley. And that's fine for a story, but the morale of Gotham has arguably been the same since "Year One". Meanwhile, Nightwing gave up his life of luxury to work as a bartender, and later a cop to get to know Bludhaven and its people. He could have bought an expensive loft for himself, but he chose to live among normal people in a shoddy apartment. Instead of engaging in a romantic, never-ending struggle in his city, Nightwing eradicated organized crime in Bludhaven, learned the value of life when he let Blockbuster die, and forgave himself to move on.
When Batman died, he was the only one to not fight for the cowl, taught Damian the values of life and compassion, something Batman never seemed to pass to Jason, and gladly gave up the cowl at some point in the ether of the New52. His selflessness isn't something his peers share, at least not fully. Jason and Tim fought for the cowl and deed to Gotham all throughout the Morrison era. Jason insisted that his brand of lethal justice was the better solution to crime in Gotham. Tim made his claim to the city quite clear on the final page of "Red Robin"; the entire run was partially dedicated to him growing confident in his planning ability. Dick just served for the good of the people. He even gave up a married life with Barbara to train with Bruce and Tim while wounded.
And now he's developing Amusement Mile with Sonia
Zucco Branch. I pray writers don't neglect this moment in Dick's life, as it sums up the character nicely. Dick wants to look forward and do good works for Gotham. Ideally, he would be the one to lead Gotham to a better morale.