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In most continuities, Batman retains a set of rules and codes around how far he should go. These often are done to either keep within the lines of the law, retain his own empathy or stop him from going beyond redemption. Over the years, they have generally become simplified to either No Killing or No Guns rules. This doesn't ensure that he won't inflict brutal violence upon others, causing lifelong injuries to people Wayne perceives as criminals. However, some incarnations, including in the mainline monthlies, have either broken or not retained these.

History[]

Golden Age[]

When first introduced, Batman did not have any concern about the lives of his enemies. His first confirmed kill was in Detective Comics #27, where he knocked Alfred Stryker into a vat of acid. Batman continued to murder criminals, cause their deaths or leave them in lethal situations. In some stories, he also wielded a pistol. Both Bill Finger and Bob Kane mentioned this was due to the influence of pulp action heroes in comics, such as The Shadow and Green Hornet. Both were well known for wielding firearms and often used lethal methods to dispatch enemies.

This continued until Batman #1, where he gunned down Hugo Strange's henchmen and hung one of the Monster Men with a noose from the Batgyro. However, the story featured Batman's first indication that he disliked taking lives and was only using lethal force because he saw it necessary on this occasion. According to Bob Kane, this incident evoked complaints from parents, due to children becoming interested following Robin's introduction. This led editor Whitney Ellsworth to tell Finger to never have him use guns again. The editor later created a policy for all published characters from killing, which stated "Heroes should never kill a villain, no matter the depths of his villainy."

We Never Kill With Weapons of Any Kind!

The debut of Batman's "rules"

Officially, Batman's "no killing" rule came into affect in Batman #4. During a swordfight with pirates, Batman tells Robin "Use only the flat of your sword, Robin! Remember, we never kill with weapons of any kind!"[1] In another story, Batman uses a gun to disarm an enemy fleeing by car, with an editor's note reinforcing this quote. Furthermore, the character began working alongside the Gotham City Police Department and was deputized as an agent of the law in a later issue. These now meant Batman was no longer considered a vigilante and would have to work within the guidelines of the law.

Despite these changes, Batman still continued to kill criminals in his stories, though most were indirectly caused by either knocking them into hazards or throwing them off buildings. However, direct kills were gradually phased out, though they still continued to occur albeit rarely.

Batman's use of lethal tactics came to a complete standstill after Batman #15. This issue was notably one of the largest sprees in his history, causing a vehicle crash and later destroyed an entire warship full of soldiers. The cover also depicted Batman using a machine gun on the cover of the issue. However, the story itself is actually a fable told in universe and its events are only a prediction for what would happen if the Dynamic Duo became more involved in the fight.

After this story and with the new policies firmly in place, Batman would not kill his enemies and even attempt to prevent their deaths. He also stopped using weapons that could be used to cause deadly harm, such as guns and swords. Some stories would justify this as him allowing the courts to serve justice, with the character now being on the side of the police and the law.

Silver Age[]

Due to Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent targeting comics for violent acts and blaming them for juvenile delinquency, the Comics Magazine Association of America created the Comics Code Authority's guidelines to prevent government intervention. Comic books, including issues of Batman and Detective Comics, would need to abide by these if they wished to be published, meaning Batman and other characters had to abide to stricter rules.

Some of these guidelines included:

  • Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gunplay, physical agony, the gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated.
  • Inclusion of stories dealing with evil shall be used or shall be published only where the intent is to illustrate a moral issue and in no case shall evil be presented alluringly, nor so as to injure the sensibilities of the reader.

These meant that Batman could no longer be portrayed as a vigilante operating on the edge or use excessive violence, though these rules had been in place since 1940. This also meant that Batman and Robin could not get into fights nor use direct violence on their enemies. The codes also meant that criminals could not be portrayed sympathetically and stories could not sow distrust in authority. As such, the Dynamic Duo were to solely focus on criminals and not investigate issues like police corruption. Ironically, it also meant that Batman's supervillains could also not be shown committing violent crimes, including acts of murder or gang wars. These codes would remain in place until they were updated in the early-1970s. The new portrayal of Batman and his enemies would heavily influence the 1960s Batman series and how Batman was presented.

The only notable time Batman killed during the Silver Age was in 1968's The Brave and the Bold #84. In a World War II story, an undercover Bruce Wayne used explosives to destroy a plane shooting at him and the Easy Company. Later, the group planted charges on a bridge to destroy it and an entire battalion of soldiers, with Bruce being the one to detonate them. However, given the time-frame in question, it could be argued that it was before Batman adhered to the non-lethal codes or took on Robin as his sidekick. The story also came at a time when Julius Schwartz was trying to reinstate the darker Batman seen in the later 1930s and early-1940s.

Bronze Age[]

With the Comic Codes being restrained in the early-1970s, Batman began to take a somewhat looser approach to non-lethal crime-fighting. Many of these came at the hands of incidents that the villains fell into, though most were indirectly caused by Batman. These usually ranged from moves pulled in self-defense to indirectly causing incidents. Despite this, he still would not use guns, due to editorial rules and the belief that he'd not use the weapon that had caused the trauma that had created him.[2] However, some weapons, such as swords and archery-base weapons, began to reenter his arsenal, primarily due to encounters with the newly-met Ra's al Ghul and his League of Assassins.

The first Bronze-Age death at Batman's hands was in Batman #221, where the Dark Knight tossed Otto Kramm into a pit with a killer lamb the scientist created. In narration, it is mentioned that the two killed each other off-panel and Batman regarded it as "a fitting end" for the villain. Throughout the decade, deaths at his hands are were spread out to roughly one per year, with most instances being indirect or situational. Notable incidents included knocking Striss into deadly chemicals in Batman #235, knocking Harry Watkins into a statue which topples onto and strangles him to death in Batman #270, and using a thug restraining him as a human shield to one of Penguin's umbrella shots in Batman #288. Batman was also tricked into helping Mason Sterling commit suicide in Batman #240 by turning off his life support systems.

Batman is also depicted as willing to kill supernatural enemies such as vampires during this period. Such examples include Gustav Decobra, where the Dark Knight killed him by firing an arrow into his heart, and Johnny the Gun, who Batman staked through the heart. Another incident featured Batman, then turned into a vampire by a reimagined version of the Monk, drinking the blood of a criminal who'd escaped jail. Though their fate is unknown, Batman's comments imply that he may have drunk enough blood to kill the man. Batman was also willing to kill Ra's al Ghul, since he had access to Lazarus Pits which would resurrect him. During Batman Annual 8, he apparently kills him by firing and scattering the ashes into outer space, though he speculates Ra's will be resurrected despite Robin's objections. Whilst Ra's returned during Batman: Son of the Demon (which followed on from previous stories featuring Ra's and Talia), the story took place on New Earth due to the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths and made no mention of the annual's events.

Despite these incidents, Batman was widely agreed to not kill during this period and avoided it wherever possible. As writer and editor Denny O'Neil explained, "Our rationale was that Batman's parents were killed by gun violence and that that gave him a kind of phobia about guns, but more than that, it gave him the realization that killing is something that can't be undone, and he might make mistakes, which is one of the compelling arguments against capital punishment. So he didn't carry guns because he intensely disliked them and he was afraid that they would enable him to make a mistake that he couldn't unmake."[2]

Dark Age[]

Following the company-wide reset of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Batman is established as avoiding death from the beginning; Batman: Year One sees him even subject himself to a beating to stop a random criminal falling off a fire escape during an early patrol. Another early case sees Batman use a flamethrower in the Bat-boat, but this is explicitly used only to stop a boat that is still close to the coast so that the criminals using it can swim to shore, and Batman is stated to have phased out such extreme weapons. One storyline saw the Dark Knight abandon the KGBeast in a locked room in the sewers after an intense battle, with the implication being that he would leave the assassin to die slowly die. However, later appearances by the KGBeast reveal that Batman sent police to find him once the killer was sufficiently weakened to be arrested.

In the 1987 storyline Batman: Year Two, Batman abandons his "no guns" rule after an encounter with the Reaper, who leaves him severely injured during their first encounter. Despite his frequent usage to either disarm or harm opponents, he never kills anyone during the story. Batman also makes alliances with Gotham's criminals to take on the Reaper, even working with Joe Chill to track him down. Throughout the story, Batman considers killing Chill both in revenge for his parents' murder and after seeing him murder people indiscriminately. However, Chill is murdered by the Reaper before Batman can actually decide whether to actually kill or spare him. After the vigilante's defeat, Batman disposes of his gun and decides never to use them again.

When Jean-Paul Valley took over the mantle of Batman, the moment that drove Bruce Wayne to take back the mantle himself was when Valley's actions led to the deaths of serial killer Abattoir and his hostage, Graham Etchison, Wayne and his allies all agreeing that Batman cannot kill. Wayne has also refused to allow his allies to carry guns (with the exception of Alfred, justified given Alfred's greater age and how he doesn't accompany them on patrol).

21st Century[]

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Modern Age[]

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Elseworlds[]

Aside from the "Earth One/New Earth/Prime-Earth" Batman, many different versions have been established to possess similar rules and codes of conduct.

  • Earth-1: In the Batman: Earth One graphic novel series, Batman is depicted as adopting a no-killing rule after rumors circulate that he'd murdered the Mayor. These also include avoiding leaving criminals in potentially deadly situations. However, Batman is also shown paying the Cat for information, despite her being a wanted criminal. He also gives Killer Croc a place to hide from the authorities despite him being wanted for theft and assault, thereby harboring a fugitive.
  • Earth-2: After the establishment of the DC Multiverse, the Golden Age Batman stories and activities were retconned to have been undertaken by the Earth-2 Batman. These included the initial encounters, including deaths of criminals at his hands. These also included adoption of the codes after allowing Robin to join his war on crime.
  • Earth-43: In the Batman: Red Rain trilogy, Batman is turned into a vampire in order to defeat Dracula. Initially after the transformation, Batman sustained himself using a blood substitute devised by Tanya, a rogue vampire who had also opposed Dracula. While he did kill at this point, all his victims were other vampires, Batman justifying this action as the vampires weren't even alive (although another vampire countered that this was a weak justification considering that Batman was a vampire himself). Eventually, events led to Batman succumbing to his new thirst for blood and driving him to kill his human villains, although he was able to restrict himself to only those criminals who were themselves killers, and the series ends with him walking into the sunlight to destroy himself so that he cannot endanger his city further after his enemies have all been destroyed.
  • Earth-686: In 1986 Dark Knight series, Batman is depicted as more brutal and violent compared to other counterparts. These range from using torture to gain information and using guns when necessary. During a confrontation with the mutants, Batman is forced to shoot a member to save a hostage's life. The story remains ambiguous whether they were killed, though charges made against Batman by Ellen Yindel imply that they survived. Batman also considers gunning down the Mutant Leader from inside the Riot Tank Batmobile, though decides against it. He also breaks the Joker's neck during their final battle, the Joker then scorned him as a coward and finished himself off to frame him. In the sequel Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Batman is shown as having abandoned these codes, using vehicles and weapons to kill opponents. He also has modified the Batsuit's cape to slice through enemies. Batman also allows the death of multiple characters, including Lex Luthor and he drops new Joker into lava at the finale.
    • In the prequel All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, Batman is shown as a violent sociopath who's more than willing to kill enemies or leave them in almost-certainly lethal situations to die. He also abducts a traumatized Dick Grayson and forces him to join his war on crime, even psychologically abusing him to a degree. It could be argued Miller is simply using the satirical re-telling to draw attention to the abuse that was already apparent with decades child endangerment. Batman's actions in the comic have been widely criticized on the internet, with many regarding his depiction as obnoxious/unlikeable or even frightening. The author argues that he has never insisted or invited the reader to "like" Batman per say, explaining that "Batman is the guy you want at your back in a dark alley, doesn't mean you have to have dinner with him."

In Other Media[]

Television[]

60's Batman[]

In the 1960s Batman series, Batman does not either use weapons or kill any of his enemies. This was primarily due to influence from the Silver Age depictions of his character. The show presents these as him giving them the chance to reform and do good for society. Batman also attempts to save criminals from situations that were potentially lethal. Despite this, he is also depicted as open-minded enough to consider other causes or even challenge authority, primarily suborn attitudes from Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara.

The same codes also carry over to Batman: The Movie. Though some point to the apparent deaths of the Five Guinea Pigs, their fates arguable rest in the hands of their boss, Penguin, by restoring them with heavy water used for the Batcave's atomic pile. Though Batman and Robin both attack and cause the transformation of two of the Guinea Pigs, they were unaware of their nature and Batman indicates they may have survived, though only as Anti-Matter. Whilst chasing the villains, Batman allows Robin to use the Batzooka on the villains' submarine to force them to the surface, though this weapon is apparently non-explosive and does not cause any damage to the vehicle's hull.

90's cartoons[]

Though more darker compared to the 60s series, Batman: The Animated Series does have its version of Batman retain the same rules as other counterparts. In the episode "The Underdwellers", he states that he abides by the rules to ensure justice is held and that the authorities can do their work. Batman does considered breaking them on several occasions, most notably the Sewer King after learning about his use of children as slave labor.

He continues to abide by them in the subsequent The New Batman Adventures. In the sequel series Batman Beyond, Bruce is shown, whilst suffering a heart attack, being forced to threaten a criminal with a gun to save a hostage's life. This event horrified him so much that he decided to leave the role, never to continue patrolling Gotham regularly. When Terry McGinnis takes on the role of Batman, he abides by the same rules as Bruce did. However, in some situations, Terry causes several presumed deaths of his enemies, such as the Terrific Trio. These often occur because there is no visible alternative to stop them or to save the lives of others, and in most cases they die mainly because Batman cannot save them from the side-effects of their abilities.

Films[]

Burton Films[]

In Tim Burton's Batman films, Batman does not adhere to the "No Killing" rules. The character also made use of vehicle-attached weapons, such as missile launchers, machine guns and explosives.

In first movie, Batman threatens a criminal at the start of the movie by holding over the edge of a building, insisting that hes not going to kill him. The thug's companion is later shown on a gurney because his injuries are so severe. The movie got a lot of criticism for the amount heavy artillery and explosives on Batman's vehicles. The Batmobile uses hidden machine guns to destroy at bay door. The was car sent remotely into a chemical factory to release four small spherical grenades, which detonate nearby the legs of two Joker Goons standing next to that side of the vehicle. The movie jump-cuts and doesnt show what kind of damage the shrapnel caused to their shins. It also unknown if their companions dragged them away to safety or not. It is possible (however unlikely) that others, such as truck loaders or "employees" like the elderly labtech, could have been injured or even perished in the resulting slow explosions throughout the massive, mostly abandoned complex. Shortly thereafter Joker's men appear in great numbers at the Bicentennial Festival indicating that the attack did little to thin their numbers. Joker himself mocked Batman for the ease of his escape in a helicopter, having had enough time to flee from his studio in the the bowels of the pipeworks to the launchpad after hearing the gunfire and chain of explosions. Batman then guns down some henchmen in the Batwing and, during the confrontation at the Old Gotham Cathedral, throws one of them down the building's staircase without any support or safe landings. He then attempts to kill Joker by punching off the side of the building. When this fails Batman decides to tether Joker's leg to the building, to prevent his escape in a helicopter with a rope ladder. Batman still ends up being responsible for Joker's death when he refuses to let go of the ladder - breaking the gargoyle loose and pulling him down to the ground. Additionally, in a cut moment from drafts and the shooting script for the alleyway fight, Batman used one of the henchmen as a human shield against his friends' gunshots.

In Batman Returns, the guns inside the Batmobile are never seen or used nor does the Batskiboat launch any torpedoes. The vehicles fire no major artillery at criminals, addressing criticisms of the the first movie. Aat the start of the story Batman chooses to fire non-lethal Batdiscs from his car to knockout criminals. Despite this, Batman uses the Batmobile's afterburner to ignite a Firebreather. It's ambiguous whether they died from their injuries or survived, albeit badly burned. Later, he attaches a gangmember's bomb to the Tattooed Strongman and knocks him into a sewer opening, letting explode it in the construction zone. (This is the only time the character singles out an individual for needless execution, other murders occur amid a desperate struggle or causing collateral damage in a vehicle.) In the fight with the Penguin, Batman releases a flock of bats from the Batskiboat and, having tricked him into stealing an Ultrasonic Bat Beacon, allow them to attack him. This causes the criminal to fall backwards into toxin waste below, though Batman was unaware of the poison pool and unable save Cobblepot from a fall at that distance, echoing his failure to save the Ice Princess earlier in the story. Batman then insists on arresting Max Shreck rather than let Catwoman kill him, seemingly having at change of heart by the story's end. A big theme is that of self-reflection after witnessing the Catwoman's similar actions and obsessions.

Schumacher Films[]

In Joel Schumacher, Batman seems to retain rules against killing criminals. In dialogue shared with Dick Grayson, he implies that he has adopted it to prevent him from falling down a darker path. Batman also stops using weapons that can be used lethally, including those equipped to his vehicles.

In Batman Forever, Batman does not directly kill any criminals or henchmen. However, during the final confrontation with Two-Face, he throws multiple coins during at the criminal, causing him to lose track his own. Dent subsequently loses balance and falls to his death; Batman not attempting to save him. In addition, he also indirectly causes multiple explosive crashes whilst chased by Two-Face's Thugs, though these were possibly unintended.

In Batman & Robin, Batman does not attempt to kill or cause the death of any characters or henchmen. This likely means he has officially adopted codes against killing after allowing Grayson to help him as Robin. Despite this, the two comment about having to kill Barbara after she learns their identities. However, this is likely a joke referencing how most villains in their previous adventures die after learning their identities.

The Dark Knight Trilogy[]

In Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight film trilogy, Batman adheres strictly to non-lethal tactics. In Batman Begins, he comments that he avoids killing to avoid become like the criminals he faces, believing that doing so will make him no better than his enemies. In The Dark Knight, Batman comments that he "only [has] one rule", likely referring to this. In The Dark Knight Rises, he also comments to refuse to use guns, knocking one out of the hands of Selina Kyle before she can shoot one of John Daggett's men. Despite this, Batman does make use of vehicle attached weaponry, some of which is explosive. However, these are almost rarely used to attack enemies. Regardless of this rule, he is at least indirectly responsible for multiple deaths during the films.

While escaping the League of Shadows in Batman Begins, Bruce knocks a heated poker over from a braise, starting a fire. This causes several explosions, presumably killing some of its members, and structural collapse, which kills the decoy Ra's al Ghul. There were numerous cage prisoners thought the temple that burned to death. Any prisoners who did die in flames died of starvation on the lower levels. Not a small number of men who died because of Wayne's choices. Batman also forces one of Jonathan Crane's henchmen into shooting another's foot, though this injury is non-fatal. In the final fight with the true Head of the Demon, he chooses to abandon him in a dangerous situation rather than rescue or actually murder him. Many have interpreted this as Batman choosing to kill his mentor as opposed to leaving his fate out of his hands.

Batman only vaguely retains these kind of rules during The Dark Knight, not using any weapons or firearms in fights and avoids indirect kills. Whilst protecting Harvey Dent from Joker's men, he crashes his Black Tumbler into a garbage truck driven by them, causing the entire cab to be totally flattened between the tunnel's ceiling. Forgetting the the cab of the truck was completely demolished, the sheer speed and force of the impact would've snapped the driver's neck. When Batman is piloting the Batpod he starts destroying random cars in his way, without a care about any civilians that might be inside. A pair of children at play are shown inside one of the nearby vehicles. Due to their size, there is no way Wayne could see the backs of the heads through the back window of the car, especially at the distance his cannons are fired. Billionaire Bruce Wayne also lacks any empathy for the car owners that will need to replace their rear-view mirrors. During the sequence, dozens of rear-view mirrors are knocked from cars by the Batpod as he recklessy charges at high-speed. There is significant property damage done to an outdoor mall area by the Batpod, exposing danger to all the shoppers that he passes by. Its really only pure luck no tragic accidents were caused.

For reasons unknown, Batman refuses to kill the Joker on multiple occasions, even saving him from a lethal fall during their final confrontation. Batman boasts to the Joker that he will never break his "one rule" yet is shown to mostly ignore it when away from the Joker character. Jonathan Nolan confirmed the Wayne takes the lives of a few enemies in the first two movies.[3] During the confrontation with Two-Face, Batman tackles the District Attorney off a ledge to save Gordon's son, causing him to fall to his death. This was likely done because he saw no other way of saving the child, forcing him to break the "No Killing" rule. Batman himself survives the fall after losing grip due wear a full suit of body armor, including helmet that fully surrounds his skull.

Batman only truly abides by the No-Killing and No Firearms rules during the final film, The Dark Knight Rises. Despite this, he uses the Bat's cannons to destroy one of Bane's Tumblers, highly dangerous likely casuing lifelong injuries to drivers and mercenaries inside. In a last-ditch effort to stop Talia escaping with the Nuclear Bomb, Batman shoots at her and the truck carrying it. The shots seems to kill the vehicle's driver and force Talia to crash the truck, causing her death. According to Jonathan Nolan, Batman is not responsible for any deaths in the third movie, accidental or otherwise.

Snyder-Era Films[]

In the DC films, Batman is shown as more brutal and violent compared to other film counterparts. These range from branding criminals with bat insignias to killing them without hesitation or remorse. Batman also uses firearms, including lethally, and leaves criminals to die in some situations. Some have justified this either as a reaction after the death of Robin or an escalation after Superman's arrival.

In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman kills at least twenty-one people; thirty-two if including the Knightmare sequence. These range from crashing into their cars in the Batmobile, using vehicle attached weaponry, stabbing them with batarangs and crushing them with grappled objects. Batman himself also attempts to kill Superman with a Kryptonite spear, though relents after realizing his mother is in danger. The only time considered "justifiable" by some fans is when, in order to save Martha Kent, he shoots the gas cannister on Anatoli Knyazev's flamethrower, as it is clear he will kill her regardless of his actions. However, the resulting blast presumably kills other nearby henchmen, many of whom he had already incapacitated non-lethally.

The Batman[]

In Matt Reeves' The Batman, Batman is never explicitly stated to have any rules against killing. However, in interview, actor Robert Pattinson stated in an interview that he does. He claimed this is could be interpreted as either Bruce's desire to inflict what he deems to be appropriate justice or his own self-control suppressing the desire to kill others.[4] The film shows him on avoiding killing on various occasions and using firearms as blunt weapons only. He also stops Selina Kyle from murdering Carmine Falcone. However, the film shows him using brutal violence to incapacitate or subdue enemies, as seen in his skirmish with the "Train Gang". He also nearly beats a Riddler follower to death under the influence of adrenaline, though this is is topped by Gordon. However, he is shown to hold back during his fights with Catwoman.

There are several scenes where some argue Batman is responsible for at least one death. A notable example is during his chase with the Penguin, where some argue he ignited a gasoline tanker with the Batmobile's afterburner. However, others have argued the criminal is responsible by causing the initial crash. Another notable incident is when one of Riddler's followers is shot by a rifle Batman struggles with another. Whilst it's possible they survived (possibly through unseen body armor), the incident can be suggested to be an indirect cause of Batman's actions.

Video Games[]

Batman: Arkham Series[]

In the Batman: Arkham video games, its version of Batman abides to the same rules as regular continuity, such as not killing or using firearms. He also refuses to do so on multiple occasions, most notably with Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Ra's al Ghul in Batman: Arkham City, and even attempts to save them. Batman's non-lethal tactics are also mentioned by henchmen, including the Arkham Knight's army. However, he does arguably murder some characters and henchmen throughout the series.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the player can have Batman pick up opponents and throw them at either enemies or hazards. These also include knocking them off platforms into seemingly bottomless pits and into electrified floor panels. Though splashes can be heard if the former takes place, the latter are established to have been made lethal in one cutscene. While fighting Solomon Grundy in Batman: Arkham City, Batman pulls out a vital organ to defeat the villain. However, given that it's later established Grundy is a zombie, it's possible Batman knew he would survive this.

In Batman: Arkham Knight, Batman is frequently pushed into killing by hallucinations of the Joker. These are successful after during the final one when he breaks the neck of one of the Jokers, leading to his first intentional murder (albeit in a hallucination rather than there being any sign that he actually killed a real person). During the Shadow War missions in "The Season of Infamy" DLC pack, Batman can chose whether he should use Lazarus chemicals to heal a dying Ra's al Ghul or destroy the machine to let nature take its cause. If the latter is chosen, some characters conclude that Batman has chosen to cause Ra's' death, thus breaking his rules. However, in an earlier conversation with Alfred, Alfred observed that given Ra's' age letting him die at this point was essentially just letting nature take its course.

Notes[]

  • Since its mention in The Dark Knight, most publications have usually claimed that the "No Killing" rule is Batman's "Only Rule". However, multiple stories in the comics and other media indicate this not to be the case.

References[]

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