As I said in my DCEU review, I hate every time Batman kills someone. It was the only problem I had with BvS. I also said that I don’t believe that he’s going to kill anyone in DCEU anymore. And in this post I’ll explain with 4 reasons, why I believe that.
1. That dialogue between Bruce and Alfred in BvS.
Alfred clearly doesn’t approve Batman being a killer (and every Batman fan agrees with him), and he says to Bruce “That’s how it starts, the fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness. That turns good men cruel.” This is an explanation to why Batman is a killer. Before Superman arrived, Batman was the biggest fear of criminals, the reason they were afraid to go out. But now when this god-like alien, who’s lived among us his whole life and has the power to wipe out the entire human race if he wants to, has stepped out of the shadows, not as a vigilante, but as a hero. The criminals have a bigger fear, the Batman is no longer the most feared thing in the planet. He’s feeling powerless, he’s afraid, he wants to show that he is the most powerful thing on the planet and starts to kill and brand criminals to show his power and create fear.
2. When Superman says “Martha”
When Batman has just kicked Superman’s ass and is ready to kill him, Superman says “Save Martha”. First this drives Batman into confusion about why he would say that name. But when he realizes that it’s also Superman’s mother’s name and that Superman is begging him to save his mother, he starts to see Superman, not as an alien who wants to destroy the world, but as a human being who’s worried about his mother who’s in danger. This is when Batman starts to realize that maybe Superman isn’t his enemy after all, and that he could even become his ally.
3. Dialogue between Bruce and Wonder Woman in BvS
Bruce and Diana are talking after the funeral of Superman and Bruce says “I’ve failed him… in life. I won’t fail him in death.” This line is Bruce saying that he realizes that he was wrong to fear Superman and think of his as an enemy, it’s Bruce realizing his mistake to fear Superman. And since that powerlessness and fear is what drove Batman to be a killer, he can now honor Superman’s memory and stop killing to be the hero that Gotham (and the world) deserves. Later Diana says that “A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind; from a century of horrors… Men made a world where standing together is impossible.” and Bruce replies “Men are still good. We fight, we kill, we betray one another, but we can rebuild. We can do better. We will. We have to.” This last line also tells us that Bruce’s faith on humanity is restored and he wants to be better, he has to be better.
Last thing that convinced me that I was right about this, is the Batmobile and what’s missing from it in Suicide Squad. We only see the Batmobile for a really short amount of time in Suicide Squad, but we can see that it has one big change after Batman v Superman. It’s missing the turret on the hood of the car. This in my mind confirms that Batman isn’t a killer anymore, he took the turret off of the Batmobile, both because he doesn’t need it if he’s not going to kill anyone anymore and to show people that he isn’t a killer anymore.
I am very excited about Batman not being a killer anymore, but let me know your thoughts in the comments!