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Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 at 11:48:40 am EST (Viewed 206 times)
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> > I'm new to batman comics I read the spoilers for the last two issues and it sounded really good so I have decided to give batman a try. Since other than his origin I don't know alot about batman's history I was wondering has batman ever killed anyone in the comics? I ask because I remember in the 1989 batman movie that he caused the joker to fall to his death but from what I have read on wikipedia about batman it sounds like he doesn't kill in the comics which I hope is true. Thanks for your help.
> In the comics Batman does NOT kill, ever.
> For a brief period in 1939 when he debuted he carried a gun, but he used it rarely, and has long since been consigned to the "Never happened in any subsequent continuity" pile.

To clarify Icon's answer a little, in the very early comics Batman wasn't adverse to killing enemies (at least one by breaking his neck). But as he said, that didn't last long and I'm pretty sure by the time Robin was introduced a year later it was a thing of the past. Since then, Batman has endeavored to always save lives wherever possible, and to never deliberately take them.

One storyline from the 1980s (left unnamed to preserve some spoiler safety) had Batman trap a particularly tough foe in an underground room, with the narration strongly implying that he was deliberately leaving him there to die. This was my first exposure to the modern day Batman (as opposed to the Adam West/Superfriends version I grew up with) and at the time I thought it was a very powerful ending, but after reading some more comics I quickly realized that it was contradictory to the core of the character. Still, if it weren't for that one fatal (heh) flaw, I think it would have been a good ending to a good story.

This was somewhat softened by a story the following year which had Dick Grayson berate Batman for his actions. Batman replied that he called the police to let them know where to go to retrieve the enemy, but Dick still angrily insists that it was done "later... as an afterthought", and that the foe had escaped by that time anyway.

The 1989 Batman movie had Batman kill a few people, or at the very least show a reckless disregard for human life (e.g. exploding bombs in the warehouse right next to a bunch of gunmen, letting a thug fall down the bell tower shaft). The Batman of the comic books would not do these things.

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