Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice comes out this Friday and in honor of what could be an epic or disastrous first look at “the world’s finest” on screen together for the first time, here’s some need-to-know facts about Batman.

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The Dark Knight Returns

The Dark Knight Returns was written in 1986 by Frank Miller as a four issue comic book miniseries. The series is set in a dystopian future where Bruce Wayne is 55 years old and retired from being Batman.  He discovers a new Robin in 13 year old Carrie Kelley after saving her from the Mutants; one of the new gangs roaming Gotham. Batman’s home of Gotham City is running rampant with crime and gang violence so the Caped Crusader has decided to put on the cape and cowl once again to defend his city. Superman is called in to take down the Bat and this is the first real battle we get to see between Superman and Batman. Zack Snyder’s Batman in Dawn Of Justice is inspired by The Dark Knight Returns, all the way down to the mech suit.

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This older version of Batman is a wrecking machine who is a little more lenient on some of his beliefs because of the high crime rate in Gotham. He also delivers this iconic line to Superman during their battle, “I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”

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A Death In The Family

This story arc finds Batman with his second Robin, Jason Todd and really follows Jason Todd as he is dismissed by Batman for being too reckless. Jason Todd travels to discover who his parents are but ends up in a trap set by the Joker who kills him and his mother. Batman blames himself for Jason’s death and goes after the Joker but is unable to capture him. Zack Snyder also used some elements from this story in Batman v Superman.


Batman Was A Murderer

Once upon a time, Batman was straight up murdering dudes. Back in the 30’s and 40’s before comic books were made more kid friendly, the dark knight used to carry a gun. He didn’t always shoot to kill but unfortunately people died regardless. That wasn’t the only way he killed either, the caped crusader also never had an issue with snapping the necks of villains, hanging a giant by the throat from his moving bat plane or throwing them off of roofs. “Holy moly Batman! did you just kill those men?” “Yes Robin…..I am the night!”.  Check out this kill gallery for Batman:

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Batman clearly had no mercy for villains. A part of me likes that version of Batman a little more because in all honesty, is it really possible for him to do what he does without killing someone, even by accident?

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JLA: Tower Of Babel & Justice League: Doom

Like Tony Stark and his different armors to take on certain super humans (but much cooler), Batman has a plan to take out each member of the Justice League. In Tower Of Babel, Ra’s al Ghul gets a hold of his plans and uses it against the rest of the league  to accomplish his goal of lowering the world’s population. In order to distract Batman he exhumes the bodies of his parents and sends him on a hunt to recover them. Justice League: Doom has a similar plot and is loosely based on Tower Of Babel; wherein Vandal Savage plans to destroy all of civilization and create a new one. To accomplish this he bands together supervillains, Mirror Master, Bane, Cheetah, Ma’alefa’ak, Star Sapphire, and Metallo and creates the Legion Of Doom. Savage hires Mirror Master to hack Batman’s computers in order to retrieve his contingency plans. Once he has them, he alters those contingency plans into something that would kill the League’s members instead of just incapacitate them. In each story the Justice League comes through in the end but a rift between Batman and everyone else is created due to his contingencies to stop all of them. The League holds a vote each time but in both stories, Batman opts to quit the League defending his stance that his contingencies are necessary if any member ever goes rogue.

There you have it! Batman is an interesting character and there is no wonder why he is a fan favorite with many comic book fans. With that being said, I’m off to see Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice again. Nananananananana nananananananana BATMAN!

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