I saw it Saturday night and loved it. It wasn't as good as TDK for me but still a great movie. I thought Hardy was awesome as Bane. I never once had a difficult time understanding what he was saying. I also loved Hathaway as Selina. Thought she did a wonderful job in her role. My biggest complaint would be the very end.
Bruce Wayne does not quit being Batman. He does not run off with Selina Kyle to live happily ever after. He's Batman to avenge the death of his parents. He would never quit that mission.Through two movies Nolan mentions a few times that Bruce Wayne is the mask, not Batman.
That's kind of the point of what Alfred was trying to show him, though.. that his life was ruined by this crusade, and he had nothing to show for it but a broken body and no loved ones.
In Batman Begins, when he's on the plane with Alfred, he lays out his plan for being Batman.. he says it's meant to be a catalyst for change. He never wanted to be Batman forever. He just wanted to lay the foundation for lasting change with the citizens and police picking up where he leaves off, by creating a better city for everyone.
And he's always said the mask is just a symbol.. and in this one he says it doesn't matter who is in the suit - anyone can be Batman. All that said, I think it's clear that Nolan's version of Batman is meant to be more of a legacy type deal.
He did accomplish his mission - to create lasting change in Gotham. He achieved that by turning the Batman into what it should've been from the start - someone the city can look up to with both respect and fear. An he left it in good hands with Robin Blake taking over.