KILLER INSTINCT: Did Batman Kill In ‘BATMAN RETURNS’?
It’s what makes the Dark Knight one of the most intriguing comic book characters of all time. Despite his seemingly dark personality, Batman’s unwillingness to cross that immoral threshold is what separates him from the villains he hunts. Criminals have even tried to exploit this fact and label it as a weakness for Batman: Ras al Ghul in Batman Begins and the Joker in The Dark Knight.
It’s always been interesting to see just how far Batman can be pushed without killing. Now of course, there are instances that leave one wondering if Batman did in fact “kill” someone, albeit incidental. Whenever a car flips over or explodes you question whether or not anyone inside died, and even in The Dark Knight you wondered whether Batman could actually be labeled as the one who killed Harvey Dent or if Dent was just a victim of circumstance. Regardless, we’ve never seen Batman actually kill somone, right?
This past weekend I was watching Batman Returns with my wife and saw a scene that made us both do a double take. I think it shows definitive proof that Batman actually kills someone, and not only that, he enjoys it! Take a look at the screen grabs below.
6.) Batman gives him a cold stare…
I don’t think there’s really a debate here about whether or not Batman (willingly) killed this guy. Even if the strongman somehow survived, it’s clear Batman shows no remorse whatsoever for leaving him for dead. Granted, there was a lot wrong with Batman Returns, but I feel this scene was an egregious oversight. No matter what kind of movie you make with the Dark Knight, you have to follow the same rule as Batman: no killing.
So, as Bane would say: Let the
games debate begin!
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