The legendary superhero of Gotham city, alias Batman, is notoriously known for his rule against killing his villains. He will fight them to a bloody pulp and lock them away in Arkham Asylum but he refuses to commit murder. He believes that doing so would mean stooping down to the levels of evil, which he knows is exactly what his villains want him to do. Although, his fans praise him for this, others believe his “no murder rule” actually makes Batman one of the greatest villains of all time.
For one, Batman is well aware of his archenemies and their psychotic obsessions with wanting to destroy him. Knowing this, he continues to defeat them and lock them away in an asylum, so they can sit there and come up with greater, more disturbing schemes every time. Their psychosis grows to the point where it becomes absolutely destructive to Gotham city, and to the villains themselves. He has even mentioned that he knows they will either escape or be released and come after him again. So if he knows this why does he continue to lock them away? Some may say Batman thrives off of their obsession with him and that he possesses a highly narcissistic side that most don’t see. Even the fact that he proclaimed himself as the superhero of Gotham while he had no true superpowers, may substantiate this point. Batman is aware that he needs these villains to be Batman, without them he does not exist. Therefore, by being a superhero he is validating the presence of an antagonist character.
By allowing his villains to live, Batman has assisted with at least 100 deaths per villain. He has even been responsible for the deaths of his loved ones and people close to him. Some examples being the death of Jason Todd (second Robin), by the hands of Joker, who also shot and crippled Barbara Gordon (batgirl). Just because he didn’t commit the murders doesn’t mean he wasn’t the mastermind behind it all.
“I made a promise on the grave of my parents that I would rid this city of the evil that took their lives. By day, I am Bruce Wayne, billionaire philanthropist. At night, criminals, a cowardly and superstitious lot, call me… Batman.” (Narcissistic much?)
“Your life could end here, now, and nobody would ever know. Would anyone even miss you? Tell me, what’s your life worth, punk… ?” (And yet he won’t do it.)
“It’s because of people like you that I became this. And you’ll never give me a reason to become someone else.” (Is he hinting at a deeper connection he holds with his enemy?)