One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck up his ass. True story. He bought it at the local mall so the whole fiasco wound up on the news. It was embarrassing for my relatives and all, but the next week he did it again: different cat, same results, complete with a trip to the emergency room. So I run into him a week later at the mall and he's buying another cat. So I says to him: Jesus Walt, what are you doing? You know you're just gonna get this cat stuck in your ass too, why don't you knock it off? And he said to me: Andrew, how the hell else am I supposed to get the gerbil out? -My cousin was a weird guy...
You mentioned before that you're okay with Wonder Woman killing depending on the context. I was wondering what is the context that makes it work and why it works for her and not a hero like Batman?
I just replied to this, so let me instead point out why Batman should not be okay with killing. He’s very much a victim of deathly violence firsthand. From his point of view, death traumatized him and he understood what it truly is to lose the most important people in his life. He was the survivor in that shooting and he will never get to see the ones he loves ever again. And he doesn’t want that feeling on anyone. No matter how satisfying, no matter how many other lives it MAY save in the future, to take a life would ultimately make him no different than the criminal who casually and callously took the lives of the people he loved most.
Superheroes are ultimately about hope for a better world. Batman, for all his skulking about and brooding and issues and whatnot, is ultimately just trying to create a world where an 8 year-old doesn’t lose their parents like he did.