Originally Posted by JackWhite
It's beyond annoying when people say "Oh, Bruce was a recluse for 8 years". That's not even how it went down. 5 years Bruce was in the public eye working on the clean energy project, then the next 3 years he locked himself away in Wayne Manor as a recluse.
Which is why I think the inclusion of that line I mentioned above would have possibly preventing people from misunderstanding this. It might have been too direct, but then again I can't imagine how the circumstances of Bruce's retirement from Batman, work on the energy project, then eventual depression were unclear to people in the first place.