Originally Posted by Alex Logan
After careful thought, I need to revise this statement:
Bruce quit being Batman because Gotham didn't him anymore. They had won.
Bruce quit being Philanthropist Bruce beause of the risks with the clean engery project. The core could have been turning into a bomb.
Bruce quit being the Real Bruce because of Rachel's death. He never moved on, he never found a life.
I think that's spot on.
The idea is, once both of his personas have been rendered irrelevant and he has no way to feel productive in Gotham, all that's left is this shell of a man who has been burying all this pain. He has no outlets left, so he just kind of shuts down and becomes numb to everything.