Excellent article... I picked up a few trades to catch up on some of the storyline arcs that you mentioned. This movie has recaptured my deep interest in Batman. I have always been a Burton fan, but this movie, is a comic book movie. Your article really does point it out. I know many keep harping on Nolan's attitude about it happening in the "real world", but there are so many story lines in the comics that match up, it works. The other thing I have found, is some of the "plot holes" I hear about can be answered if one reads many of those stories you mention. I know the story lines don't line up exactly, but the core info is there to actually go, "ahh well in the comic xyz happened" and you can apply that to the film.
I am so glad this site is here, that there are a lot of other fans who share the same feelings about this character and the various films that have come out over the years.