If you have ever read or watched a modern incarnation of DC's Batman you will notice he has a strict no kill policy. The caped crusader believes in this so much that he will take drastic measures to save the lives of those trying to kill him ,for example the Joker. Not only that but he will criminalise fellow vigilantes who do kill, for example Red Hood (Jason Todd). However when the caped crusader was first printed in 1939 he was not the law abiding citizen he is today. Looking at the history of comic book characters you will be able to see a shift of their moral compass as a reflection of societies. Before Batman came out the only predecessor to reference was Superman (the first superhero) so the expectations that were set for him were different than they would be today. Similarly to Superman, Batman started with relatively modest storylines as compared to today's. A great influence on his creation was iconic fictional characters of the time such as The Phantom, The Shadow and Zorro, the latter being such a strong comparison it is sometimes used as the movie the Wayne family saw before they were gunned down. These characters were more brash and willing to use violence and kill when necessary. If you pick up issues from Batman's Golden Age you will notice he doesn't share the care for human life as he does today. However as time passed things like the Comic Code Authority would censor what comic books could produce to Batman's actions would have to exclude killing to stay in line. Despite the comic code authority not having the power to enforce this anymore the no-kill rule with some minor exceptions is engrossed in the ethos of what makes Batman who he is in the mind of today's readers/viewers. If you scroll the images on this post you will see some snippets of Batman going full punisher on criminals from back in his early days.
What do you think about Batman's no kill policy? Do you think this is something that is what makes him a great hero? Or would you prefer to see him go back to killing criminals? Comment below your thoughts.
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