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Gotham Knights Casually Confirms Batman Broke His Biggest Rule
Gotham Knights Casually Confirms Batman Broke His Biggest Rule,The first episode of The CW's Gotham Knights reveals that Bruce Wayne/Batman broke his biggest rule to stop his most iconic villain.

Gotham Knights Casually Confirms Batman Broke His Biggest Rule

The following contains spoilers for Gotham Knights Season 1, Episode 1, "Pilot," which aired on The CW on March 14.

Gotham Knights has confirmed that the Batman of its universe was not afraid of using lethal force.

In the show's premiere episode, Duela Doe (Olivia Rose Keegan), the alleged daughter of the Joker, is arrested and brought in for questioning on suspicions that she killed the Dark Knight. District Attorney Harvey Dent (Misha Collins) states while interviewing Duela that she has the motivation to kill Batman as a means of avenging her supposed father. Later in the pilot, Duela reveals to Turner Hayes (Oscar Morgan), Bruce Wayne's adopted son, that Batman killed the Joker.


While Batman is known among DC fans for his very strict no-killing rule, live-action portrayals of the character have been known to break it. Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck's respective versions of the Caped Crusader were shown to have no qualms with killing henchmen or criminals. Plus, Christopher Nolan tip-toed around the rule in 2005's Batman Begins by having his Batman (Christian Bale) justify Ra's al Ghul's death via exploding train with the line "I won't kill you… but I don't have to save you." Even Iain Glen's version of Batman on HBO Max's Titans showed no aversion to dealing out death, and — just like on Gotham Knights — he also killed the Joker. At this time, George Clooney and Robert Pattinson are the only modern live-action Batmans to have refrained from using lethal force on their villains.

Jensen Ackles Was Almost Batman on Gotham Knights

David Miller portrays Bruce Wayne/Batman in Gotham Knights, but that wasn't who the show originally wanted for the role. Collins recently revealed that they tried to get his former Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles to play Batman. "I don't know if I'm supposed to reveal this, but we tried to work it out to have Jensen play Batman on the show. It was all kind of teed up, but unfortunately, Jensen was on another show at the time, and coordinating between two series is challenging," Collins explained. "So it didn't ultimately end up working out, but we tried." Ackles currently voices Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Tomorrowverse, an animated shared universe consisting of five films that are released under Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner.

Gotham Knights Season 1 will consist of 13 episodes and follow Turner Hayes as he forms an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. With the help of his best friend and formidable coder, Stephanie Brown, and Carrie Kelley/Robin, they work together to clear their names while keeping the streets of Gotham City safe.

New episodes of Gotham Knights air Tuesdays on The CW.

Source: The CW