I’ve read very little of the early stuff (a reprint of Detective Comics #27, a trade of “Greatest” Bat stories). I’ve got some single issues of 80’s and 90’s, and regular purchases of Batman, 'Tec, Robin, Nightwing, and a few other related titles from the late 90’s into the 00’s. Some of those got canceled by the time of the New52, and I kept buying some of the renumbers, until either cancellation (Batman & Robin) or I just got tired of it (Batgirl vol. 3). It was down to just Batman and 'Tec until just before Rebirth, because, well–things happened. [shakes fist angrily]
I remember reading some story, possibly 80’s, where Bats was just walking the streets, casual-like, and there were a couple guys on the street corner that said hello. His response was simply, “Gentlemen,” and he moseyed along. No threats, no sneer. Looking back, it seems like a novelty. Though I’ve oft preferred a world where Batman is spoken as a myth not everyone believes in–damn, that feels like a long time ago.