Batman Won't Follow the No-Kill Rule in Batman v Superman?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 3:14PM
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 3:14PM
Batman Won't Follow the No-Kill Rule in Batman v Superman?
Although they break it pretty much constantly, Batman and Superman are both known for their "no-kill" rules, as they both claim to avoid killing their enemies at almost any cost. We already saw Superman controversially break that oath in Man of Steel, when he broke Zod's neck, and now it seems we're about to see a similarly ruthless Batman, who may not even hesitate to kill criminals.

Opening quote
"[Batman] is not giving people a chance," producer Charles Roven told Empire, who also debuted several all-new images from the film. "He is more than a vigilante. He has become not only the cop, if you will, he has also become the jury and executioner."
Closing quote


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It's not 100% clear that Roven means he is literally killing people, but it's heavily implied. And his further statements about Batman becoming angry and embittered by the loss of people close to him doesn't bode well:

Opening quote
"He's older, [and] he's seen the worst of what man can do," said Roven. "He's been darkened by it, he's tougher, he's angrier, I guess." Unlike Christian Bale's Batman, he's not grieving the death of a longtime friend/love interest, but "he's still lost those that are near and dear to him, and not necessarily from old age or disease."
Closing quote

Judging from the Joker-decorated Robin suit in the trailer, and the persistent rumors that Jared Leto's Joker will carry out the Death in the Family plotline in flashbacks, Roven is likely talking about Robin, specifically Jason Todd. In the comics, the Joker kills Jason Todd by brutally beating him half to death with a crowbar and then blows him up. That could easily be enough to inspire Batman to break his no-kill rule, if only to prevent people like the Joker from getting the opportunity to do things like that, but still, this seems to be a more violent Batman than we've ever seen before.

Here are the rest of the images, which tease the awesome power of Superman and Batman's Knightmare sequence, which itself hints at an appearance from Darkseid:

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman opens in theaters on March 25.
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