MrBlack wrote:I'm not forgetting anything. I even mentioned the overarching storyline going through his entire Batman run, Final Crisis, Batman & Robin, and the Return of Bruce Wayne. Batman Inc. is certainly still a part of that storyline, but it's not one that needs Hurt's presence. He has fulfilled his purpose in the story and there is no reason to (literally) dig up his corpse at this point.
You're assuming the story "has moved onto a new storyline and villain," and there hasn't been somebody pulling the strings behind things all along in Morrison's run, which seems more likely.
Check this Morrison quote out.
"There's a doctor who's got some good lines in the original story Robin Dies At Dawn, and he's never named. I thought, "What if he's a bad guy?" That became Dr. Hurt. I thought, "Wow...there was a guy who had access to Batman's psychology for 10 days. That's my villain!" I also thought it was a way to sort of reinvigorate those old stories, as a service to DC, to sell some more of the older books and collections.
The minute I say who he is...it will stop people talking. I was trying to do a definitive Batman story. Batman's stories tend to pit Batman against a diabolical mastermind. I thought, "Who's the ultimate diabolical mastermind?" This is a story about Batman's Black Casebook which is all the mysterious cases, the ones that are supernatural or bizarre. So for me, this is the ultimate supernatural Batman story. There are clues, there are places in fact, where they actually state who's he up against in the story. But people don't want to accept the supernatural explanation. But yes: This is the story of how Batman cheats The Devil."
— Grant Morrison, "Batman: RIP Director's Commentary", Wizard #211 (May, 2009)
I'm somewhat confident that Morrison hasn't truly gotten to the real end of that story yet.