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Sean D. Martin said on June 21st, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I’m actually surprised that folks seem to have a far harder time picturing Batman killing than Superman.

Batman is already dark and threatening. He hides in shadows and his whole persona is to scare the shit out of people (“a cowardly lot”). And he’s not really shown any aversion to killing in recent movies.

Superman is bright primary colors and something folks look up to (“up, in the sky”). And he’s never killed in any movie I’ve ever seen.

Yet, several have commented on how Batman has a greater aversion to killing than Superman. I find that quite surprising.

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socraticsilence said on June 22nd, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Sean, I think its because the prevention of Death is at the crux of what makes Batman-Batman and not just some bored rich guy playing with his awesome toys. Bruce Wayne is a man shaped by utter tragedy, who out of that tragedy, sacrificed essentially every other future (when you become the richest man in the world at what 8 and then discover that you’re also movie star handsome and an Olympic level athlete- lets just say the opportunities in life are pretty open) in order to prevent the recurrence of that tragedy in what is ultimately a quixotic crusade against an abstract entity (“crime”)–you’re central principles become key stones of your ethos- you don’t kill, I mean saving lives is at the very core of what Batman is– hell the end of the first one was wrong but arguably within the mythos and was rectified in the second when he saved the Joker and tried to save Dent (and sacrificed himself to atone for the failure in the latter case).

Superman on the other hand shouldn’t kill because he has other options– I mean Doomsday is the one really tolerable “Superman Kills” story, its not as deeply tied to his overall mythos as it is for Batman.

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Let me throw in one I don’t think anyone’s touched–given that the military already know he’s Clark Kent, posing as Clark Kent is well, not going to work. At all.

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Candlejack said on June 24th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I don’t think the military ever knew his human name. I doubt he provided it, and I don’t think Lois would either. If they did know his name, wouldn’t they be spying on his mother instead of trying to follow him home with spy drones?

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Yes, the military doesn’t have it spelled out who he is, but they probably should’ve shown a second of him carrying the rocket or it would be really obvious to them if they pick it up at the Kent farm. It’s bad enough that they give Lois a ride there (if I recall correctly).

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the military should be able to connect the dots, being that Superman told them he was from Kansas and that they arrived at the Kent farm to pick up the baby rocket, in Kansas.

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