Originally Posted by MagnarTheGreat
Speaking of some script/editing changes; there's at least two changes from the old script relevant to the current discussion (the movie is canonical). One is that in the script/novel the fusion reactor project was said by Lucius to Bruce that it was started right after TDK (five years before he mothballed it; he was a recluse for 3 years after that). Another change is that the scene with Lucius and Bruce in the WE office takes place before the charity ball; in the movie, it's after.
Man, it'd be really
hard to believe Bruce hadn't crossed paths with Miranda in five years if she was the primary investor in the clean energy project.
My guess is they held back on some of these details from the film in order to avoid a more convoluted backstory. Unfortunately, this is why a lot of people come away with the impression that Bruce has been a recluse for all 8 years (even though the movie does very subtly imply that he only became a recluse 3 years ago)