Batman/Superman Month: Batman Kills People (a Lot of People)

Posted: April 14, 2016 in Comic Book Breakdowns
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WARNING: Minor spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Welcome back to Batman/Superman Month everyone! If you’ve seen Batman v Superman, or at least read reviews for it, then you’ve probably run into/had some complaints about how Batman commits a number of murders throughout this film.What you may not have thought of is, although a number of DC fans have been trying to justify these interpretation of the character and have been blown off as a result, they might actually have a point that Batman killing in this film really isn’t that big of a deal. Especially since Batman has been killing people a lot over the years.

True, Batman may not kill so much nowadays (unless you want to count the obviously dead henchmen squished by players driving the Batmobile in Batman: Arkham Knight), but in the good ol’ days of the Golden Age, Batman comics usually ended with at least one criminal dead. In 1940’s Batman #1, the Dark Knight battles a maniac created by Hugo Strange, culminating in the poor man’s death by hanging (from the Batwing, no less). What’s worse is that Batman had the option of curing the guy through use of a formula he created just pages before, but decided hanging was a better option anyway.

Or how about this gem, where Batman casually breaks a man’s neck before commenting that he did it?

Skipping ahead a few decades to Frank Miller’s All Star Batman and Robin, we see an even more depraved “Goddamned” Batman. In this take on the character, Batman and Black Canary take on a gang, with Batman setting fire to every single individual in that room who ever even looked at him wrong.

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Even when the character made the transition to mainstream film, the murders kept on coming. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you all of the fact that Batman knowingly murders a number of people (including the Joker) throughout the two Tim Burton films, nor do I need to remind you about all of the deaths in the Christopher Nolan films. There’s a pretty good video by Mr. Sunday Movies I’ve linked below that lists all of the deaths in Batman’s film interpretations you should check out for the full list.

On second thought, maybe people should complain about Batman being a murderer in Dawn of Justice. Sure, Batman killed a lot in the past, but maybe an interpretation of the character from modern times (with a smaller body count) would be a good idea for the future of the DCEU? Maybe?

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters now.

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