So there are 3 titles dedicated to Batman currently: Batman, Detective Comics and The Dark Knight. I was just thinking about what I would do if I was given a editorial role over the Batbooks and one of the things I thought about was giving each of the aforementioned titles their own distinct feel/theme.
Detective Comics would be focused on Bruce's exploits as the World's Greatest Detective...straight up hire a crime novel guy or gal to come up with mysteries that really challenge from week to week but are also "realistic" and solvable (Encyclopedia Brown for adults????). Over the top villains would rarely show up here.
The Dark Knight would focus more on the mythos of the Bat as established in Gotham, the image that he has with criminals, etc. It would focus a lot more on the smaller, day-to-day battles. So more things like taking on organized crime and the mob as opposed to big bads.
Batman would be the book where the grander adventures occur. The big villains would feature more often here. The scope of the stories would be much more grander and story arcs would be much longer. this is where you'd see a lot of Death of the Family and Court of Owls type stuff.
So....does anybody agree that this would be a good idea (or at least an interesting one?) Can anyone say why this setup would suck? Admittedly I only read Batman so I'd also appreciate it if someone would tell me if this is already how things work between the 3 titles. The basic aim would be to entice readers to buy all 3 titles by giving them a sense that they are really getting something different from the 3 books.