Permission to Die

Warning, this post spoils the end of The Dark Knight Rises. If you have not seen it, do not read on.

One of the things that bothered me about The Dark Knight Rises is that Catwoman kills Bane while he is fighting with Batman. Catwoman has had a dark past, and in most of her origins, she has no problem with killing, but Batman is different. Not only does he not kill, he does not allow others around him to die. He has shown this many times in the comics, both directly through his actions when fighting the bad guys and in words when training the Robins.

I took issue when Batman let Ra’s al Ghul die at the end of Batman Begins, and it stuck me again here. The Batman I admire would have stopped Catwoman from firing and disabled Bane, but kept him alive.

I understand that a dead Bane makes it easier to put a ribbon on things as you finish up the movie series, but I would have liked to see it go down differently. In the comics, Bane survives and eventually finds redemption by helping the Bat Family and serving the government.

Just imagine if Bane had been rehabilitated and went straight.

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