Originally Posted by MagnarTheGreat
The script could have used another pass or two and other eyes to review. I mean, Bruce Wayne was out and about for 5 years and then becomes a recluse because some Russian guy publishes a research paper about fusion. No one stopped and said, 'ummmm wut' at any point in that process?
It's more of a gradual process that ends up with Bruce Wayne's inability to do anything. As a philanthropist , as a man who can't move on with his life , and as Batman. His reaction is to shut himself down.