Batman has become the most intriguing superhero story of modern times. With multiple movies, shows, and animation having their own unique take on the caped crusader there has always been one constant. Batman doesn’t kill…. well except if your Ben Afflecks version of Batman, then all bets are off. The origin of Batman has been constant where a young Bruce Wayne witnessed the murder of his parents and took a vow to rid Gotham City of crime the right way.
While all variations of movies and shows visit the event that causes Bruce to become Batman. None really ever dive deep into why the Dark Knight doesn’t actually kill. The only time is in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins when Bruce turns his back on Rahs Al Guhl and the League of Shadows. In this interpretation Bruce doesn’t kill because he stills the good in people and hopes that they will turn.
Now with Robert Pattinson taking over the cape and cowl he has added his view to why Batman doesn’t kill.
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In a recent interview with French press outlet, Premiere, Pattinson shared his view on that “no-kill” rule. “There is this rule with Batman: he must not kill. It can be interpreted in two ways,” the actor explained. “Either he only wants to inflict the appropriate punishment, or he wants to kill and his self-control prevents him from doing so.”
“I imagined it that way from the rehearsal of the first fight, I thought it was funnier: something in him just wanted to slit the guy’s throat! I told myself that if he spends his nights chasing criminals, it is impossible that he does not take pleasure in it. He suffers and it is a desire that overwhelms him.”
This is a real interesting take on Batman’s rule. It’s almost like beating up criminals is theraputic for Bruce. He has suffered so much trauma that inflicting harm on others is his way of dealing with the loss of his parents. Pattinsons take on Bruce and Batman will definitely be something that we have never seen before. That is what makes me so excited to see this movie.
The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 4.