The fact is, when it comes to Gotham City, many of the threats people face are beyond the simple question of wealth and resources. Villains like Bane, Ra's al Ghul, and even Joker have proven able to overcome the entire GCPD and political structure. That's an issue a bigger budget for social programs can't defeat. Stories like "Joker War," "City of Bane," and "No Man's Land" put Gotham in situations that only the sheer strength, wit, and resources of a superhero could overcome. While Wayne's wealth can always help the struggling people of Gotham, the problems that plague people living in the DCU go beyond typical human needs and dangers."

Philip Hackney