The first film stressed that Thomas Wayne was perfectly happy to build a "cheap" monorail and then leave the running of his company to "more interested men", while he intermittently spent time as a physician, buying his wife expensive jewelery, patronizing his son after traumatic events and going to operas. A board member loyal to Thomas Wayne, or the old ways, objects to "heavy arms manufacture" under Thomas Wayne's successor, but that doesn't account for items like the tumbler, or the survival suit, or the small bombs, all of which Lucius Fox seems quite proud of and/or sad that they're just sitting around, as a constant reminder that some projects never found favour with the military for budgetary reasons after Wayne Enterprises spent all that time and money developing them. The early prison/flashback scenes with Bruce Wayne also make it clear that Wayne Enterprises is international in scope, farming labour and manufacturing costs to China. A further detail that comes to light, at the end of this big act, from the lips of Alfred Pennyworth, is that Thomas Wayne "nearly bankrupted" Wayne Enterprises, which would have cost a lot of jobs and damaged financial support schemes (e.g., pensions) and the like. Enlightened aristocrats? Even leaving that argument aside, Batman does more than brutalize gangsters -- he also attacks copy-cat vigilantes with an alarming lack of subtlety or finesse, and he endangers the lives of cops and ordinary citizens with his insane driving and casual rocket-firing when controlling the tumbler and batpod (purchased separately!). In "Begins", he also hands the tumbler over to Gordon, a low-level cop, who proceeds to drive it very clumsily, then willfully shoots down the support structures of the monorail, creating explosions in a built-up area and sending girders into surrounding buildings (also triggering a fatal train crash). In TDK, Batman also performs extraordinary rendition and spies on millions of people (he also has access to confidential police and medical records). There doesn't appear to be any commentary or subversive presentation of any of this by Nolan. On the contrary, the notion that Batman has "one rule", in TDK, is emphasized, and key decisions are presented with sappy piano music or sad strings. I dunno. All a bit "rich" for me (pun intended). I prefer quoting Bale's on-set rant from "Terminator Salvation", now and again. "**** sake, man, you am-a-chugh!"