Part I. The Batman
and Joker fight, Bruce Wayne is violent, and attempting to avenge his parents, in the climax of this fight, he realized his archnemesis is actually the same man who killed his parents all those years ago. He gets his revenge.
He's consumed, he's killed Jack Napier, but that isn't enough, he becomes more violent, more depressed, he kills people and clearly enjoys it
, he puts a bomb in a guys pants and laughs, he turns his car around to set a guy on fire. He's more disturbed than he was in in the first act, he sees some hope in Selina Kyle. But it seems to be something of a false hope as she is even more far gone than he is.
Now, I know that I will get flack for this. But there is a line from Forever which implies it at least exists in the same universe as the Burton movies, in this scene, Bruce tells Grayson not to kill Harvey Dent, because he will be consumed by anger and revenge, and that killing Harvey won't solve anything.
Now, if we operate under the assumption that this is the same Bruce as before, forgetting for the moment that it is not Michael Keaton in the suit, we realize why Bruce is saying this. He's followed down that exact path, he killed the man who killed his parents, and was later nearly consumed by a combination of depression and revenge.
Also, all of the women in Bruce's life fit into this trilogy.
is the last hope Bruce has for a normal life
, she is human, she suffers from no signs of mental illness. She is like an anchor, with which Bruce can pull himself back. But it doesn't work, when Jack is dead, Bruce can't give up, he is consumed, leading to their breakup.
is Bruce's counterpart at the exact moment that Bruce is at his weakest, and is at his most disturbed
. He tries to reach out to her at the end, bringing her back as he begins to delve into his recovery in part III.
Dr. Chase Meridian
is basically, an agent of his recovery
, she is a doctor after all
Again, it seems to me that this is the same kind of man, if for no other reason that they share the same taste in women:
All of Bruce Wayne's girlfriends through Forever were blonde women.