Well, with the return of Bruce Wayne we see that the Hurt guy is still being quite dickish, Pennyworth is in trouble, Dick was shot in the head, and there's an airborne drug epidemic in Gotham. But strangely enough, along with our own assembled cast of heroes in this week's Batman and Robin . . .
The Joker continues to play a confusing hand of murderous heroics seeing as how he just can't be a good Joker without the original Batman. So Hurt and Bruce go at it, with punching and megalomaniacle laughter being exchanged between the two, but he has to choose to either save Alfred or persue Hurt. But it's okay, Joker's got this.
I thought during Morrison's run he portrayed the Joker in the absence of Bruce Wayne brilliantly. The Joker just can't be the villain we all know without his goody-gothic counterpart to match himself against. And it manifested itself perfectly in Morrison's adaptation of the character. However, with Bruce's return we'll probably see the return of a more traditional Joker.
But it just doesn't feel like a true return for Bruce Wayne . . . something's missing.
Ahhhh, there it is.
If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten in your presence.