Before you continue reading, these methods might be spoilers in a sense, so I’d stop here if you might consider those to be. Now, if you’re still with me, let’s discuss this one a bit. Prior to seeing the film, there was something the genuinely upset me about Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Let me start by stating that I don’t care about the decision at the end of Man Of Steel. This doesn’t bother me one bit. However, when I’d heard that Batman killed in Batman v Superman, a feeling came over me that I can’t quite describe.
However, upon further thinking about it and the fact that the character has technically killed in each of his big-screen incarnations – we’re not counting the Adam West era here – I got over it a bit. Upon seeing the film and absolutely loving the new incarnation of the character, I couldn’t care less. For some this might need some explanation though and director Zack Snyder has done just that while speaking with HeyUGuys about the film. While you may disagree with the choice, it’s somewhat hard to argue against the reasoning behind it.
I tried to do it in a technical way. There’s a great YouTube video that shows all the kills in the Christopher Nolan movies even though we would perceive them as movies where he doesn’t kill anyone. I think there’s 42 potential kills that Batman does! Also, it goes back and includes even the Tim Burton Batman movies where this reputation as a guy that doesn’t kill comes from.
So, I tried to do it by proxy. Shoot the car they’re in, the car blows up or the grenade would go off in the guy’s hand, or when he shoots the tank and the guy pretty much lights the tank [himself]. I perceive it as him not killing directly, but if the bad guy’s are associated with a thing that happens to blow up, he would say that that’s not really my problem.
A little more like manslaughter than murder, although I would say that in the Frank Miller comic book that I reference, he kills all the time. There’s a scene from the graphic novel where he busts through a wall, takes the guy’s machine gun…I took that little vignette from a scene in The Dark Knight Returns, and at the end of that, he shoots the guy right between the eyes with the machine gun. One shot. Of course, I went to the gas tank, and all of the guys I work with were like, ‘You’ve gotta shoot him in the head’ because they’re all comic book dorks, and I was like, ‘I’m not gonna be the guy that does that!’
Very curious to see if these actions cause controversy regardless of the points that Snyder makes above. Here’s hoping it doesn’t. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I’d wait until you do before making your mind up regarding this matter. I’m glad that I went in with an open mind. Sound off with your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.