As explained by DC Universe Executive Editor Dan DiDio, the apparent multiple endings of “Batman R.I.P.” were due to making sure readers of the collected editions got full stories. DiDio told Newsarama back in December: “ Here’s the conundrum on this one. And this is reflective of the world that we live in now – the world of collected editions. The R.I.P. story was always meant to play through to the end of Final Crisis - always. The thing is, we had to come up with a very complete story in “Batman R.I.P.” as it existed in its title. The reality is that the “Batman R.I.P.” story does not conclude until Final Crisis #6. There are also issues #682 and #683 of Batman that feed directly into Final Crisis #6, and we’ll have a big finale to the Batman storyline.”
So Batman died twice so the trades could separately lead into the Battle for the Cowl?
This is some seriously messy shit.