Now it’s no secret what my thoughts are on Batman v Superman and the DCEU in general. I’ve thrown up a few articles sporadically on this site espousing my love for this cinematic universe, as most sites capable of holding articles have done. Today is another such article, but one that’s a bit different. I’ve seen it again and again: the complaint that this type of movie should leave people feeling hopeful. The complaint that this movie is too dark. The complaint, essentially, that this movie is too real. I’m not one for overly long intros, so let’s just dive into it.
The internet’s been abuzz since Batman v Superman, and a lot of that has been about Batman killing. If you find yourself hung up on that more than anything else, don’t worry, you’re not being nitpicky, and it’s okay to not like Batman killing. The issue here, however, is if you decide to say it goes against the character or the source material for him to do so. Now I’m not going to be a smartass and talk about how the Golden Age Batman from the 40s murdered most of his villains, since that portrayal of Batman, while being the first, is antiquated. I will instead devote this post to Batman from the 80s and onward, but restrict myself to only mainstream depictions of Batman and not obscure Elseworlds stories (there’ve been a tonne of those where Batman kills, so that would make this too easy).