Okay I’ll be honest with you.
Bruce is a really underdevolped character.
i think he is overdeveloped… he’s already have enough issues and things going on to keep developing as a character. whatever else you add would be overdoing it. idk that’s what i think lol
idk like it frustates me that like he still hasn’t gotten over his parent’s death and still hasn’t learn to love? i mean we saw that with damian until morrison got bored.
he knows how to love. he just has a hard time proving it when its needed. for example after jason’s death how did he prove that he cared? by being reckless and going darker he wasn’t the happy batman he was before. he wanted to work solo. and stuff you know? he’s never gonna get over his parent’s death because idk about you but if i was 8 years old and my parents were both murdered in front of me i’d be traumatized for life and like in a mental facility. also his parent’s death was just the kick starter to his crusade. after he started it there was no going back. he just honors their memories and that’s pretty normal for him i guess. also with the love thing. he loves Selina. because trust me if he didn’t he would have put her ass in jail or something like that. but there’s been multiple times in which he lets her go because he’s still has hope that she will reform. and they have gotten married in different earths. with damian’s death he did the same thing as he did with jason’s and the thing with him is that he’s busy trying to be this scary persona that he just doesn’t show his feelings often. heck at the beginning of Batman and Son alfred had to teach him how to be bruce wayne so yeah…
It wasn’t so much Morrison getting bored as him performing a sort of experiment or writing exercise which I respect as a writer but at the same time feel like smashing his face in and taking Damian from him and running away with Dami under my arm.
If you try to tell me that Bruce does not love Dick, Jason or Alfred with all of his heart then I will fight you to the death. And I know people who will fight you over Tim.
I would argue that Bruce does love Damian a lot, although it hasn’t progressed to the level that he has for, say, Dick, but he definitely loved Damian as his son, even if he didn’t always understand him as a person.
The problem with Bruce’s character development is that it isn’t under development, it’s that it is all over the place. Writers want to do with Batman with what ever stands at their ideal for Batman and when ever that happens, you have so many contradictions with him it isn’t funny. We have one Batman that hugs the shit out of Jason Todd and says he failed him and then another in the same breath that blames Jason totally for his death. There are puts in Bruce’s entire story where you will have to pick and choose which comics are canon with your idea of Bruce’s development.
Let’s put it like this. With Clark, writers usually know exactly what they want to do and he suffers from the least amount ‘WTF’ character development because most people’s ideas for him don’t conflict. Diana suffers from the most because the writers have conflicting ideas what feminism is and how that effects Diana’s moral (‘ruthless man hater’ vs ‘compassionate warrior’, basically). Bruce is in the sad middle where he suffers from both. Sometimes he’s too fucking dark and that effects his character development in a HUGE way because being darker basically takes all he’s learned away and digresses him back to Year One Batman. And when you do that, you pretty much make his personality stand still.
But is he under developed? No. He’s not. As someone who suffered the lost of a parent, I can say that Bruce can’t get over their deaths. You don’t—not like that. You can push on. You can stand forward—but you can’t get over. It’s not something you can get over—it’s not a break up. And Bruce’s mental state was hugely effected by it and so is his crusade. But Bruce has always been able to love. That’s the point of his story. He loved his parents so much, that in the name of their death he gave up his entire being to become a symbol. The point that writers should be getting to him (and some times do) is that not all people are as fragile as you think. He can let people in and he can let them stand for themselves.
Bruce had a no meta law, yet he let’s Clark in all the time—Clark knows him almost as well as Alfred. He said he’d never grow close to anyone else, yet his network is fucking huge. When he preserved both Clark and Jason dead, he did not try to find reason behind it and instead truly mourned them. When Diana stepped on his damn head, he was so humbled by her that he STAYED DOWN. Tim took him out of his mourning period and made him care about a dozen kids again. When he was at Steph’s dying bed side (supposedly) he promised her that her child would want for nothing. He let someone like Cassandra Cain grow so close to him that not only did he verbal say that he would someday leave his mantle to her, but also regarded her as a daughter. And then did the same for Damian.
Trust me when I say, Bruce is not underdeveloped. He’s stuck because writers want ‘manly dark’ Batman, but the real true Bruce is full of so many complexities, he’s mystery onto himself.