The other day I read that DC Comics is planning to 'promote' Bruce Wayne to the ranks of the New Gods. Despite the departure of Bruce Wayne, there will still be a Batman to watch over Gotham City. The role will be filled by Jason Todd, the second Robin.
Jason Todd was murdered by the Joker (beaten to death with a crowbar, if memory serves).
If the last couple of paragraphs don't make any sense to you, then you and I are of like mind.
This sounds like a publicity stunt to me, like when DC briefly killed Superman in the early 90s.
Guess they're running out of ideas over there.