Are you scared of Batman? You should be!
One of the most controversial aspects of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is Batman’s unhinged use of a firearm, and using it (and so many other things) to kill a lot of people. Even for Batman — who yes, does kill in certain stories in the comics — the sheer amount of people whose lives he takes in this movie is a little disconcerting.
YouTuber Mr. Sunday has taken it upon himself to chronicle Batman’s most recent kills in a new, awesomely edited video which you can view below. (Also be sure to you read his methodology for why he counted certain actions as kills vs others, which is listed after the video). He’s done so for others as well, which you can check out on his channel, but there’s something about Batman’s actions specifically in Dawn of Justice that do call for examination:
Mr. Sunday’s methodology:
Ben Affleck’s Batman in Batman V Superman certainly didn’t shy away from the occasional murder. And I use the word occasional loosely. So here they are! All the murders in all there glory! Also here’s some notes of…note.
Here’s some rough guidelines I went by if anyone cares:
1) If you’re in a car and the batmobile hits you you’re probably dead.
2) I only counted the two in the backseat that get’s a car flipped on it because it only hits the back end. Also I’m not entirely convinced they’re dead. But whatever none of this means anything. Also Nick Mason said it was okay.
3) I didn’t count the guy Batman punches onto his neck, he probably lived through that. Maybe I dunno.
4) The man Batman stabbed looked like it was in the shoulder, though I might be wrong.
5) I didn’t count the ones branded because they’re fairly indirect kills.
6) I had other things to say but I can’t remember.
7) Oh right, thanks to DannyC for pointing out the two grenade kills instead of one in the Patreon cut of this.
8) Believe in yourself.
Though the Ultimate Edition, which was just released, was supposed to clear up a few things about the movie’s logic, it didn’t ever reconcile Batman’s hypocrisy over hating Superman for killing while he also kills. That’s an over-simplified way of explaining it, but it is problematic to say the least. Speaking of the Ultimate Edition, you can read Dave Trumbore’s review of it here (and why he stayed away from the theatrical release), as well as Evan Valentine’s breakdown of the differences between the theatrical and ultimate edition here.