52 Fun Facts About Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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Batman Holding a Sniper Rifle

Batman holding a gun seems as out of place as Superman holding a cigarette.  But there are exceptions to the rule.  You know, when the universe is in danger and you really have no other options.  Though it’s rare, the Dark Knight has used firearms from time to time.  And it’s definitely never a decision taken lightly.  In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we do see Batman holding a sniper rifle, which certainly intrigues a lot of fans as to why he has it.

Did You Know?

  • Batman, in mainstream DC publications, has a strong aversion to guns and firearms.  This may be due to pure principle or the fact that his parents were murdered with a handgun.
  • In the early days of Batman’s creation, Batman used a handgun and also killed criminals without second thought.
  • In The Dark Knight Returns, Batman uses a sniper rifle to bring down a helicopter.
  • In The Dark Knight Returns, Batman uses a handgun to set off explosives.
  • In Batman (1989), Batman’s Batwing and Batmobile were equipped with machine guns.
  • In The Dark Knight (2008), Batman’s Batpod was equipped with guns.
  • In The Dark Knight Returns (2012), Batman’s Bat aerial vehicle had machine guns.
  • In Batman: Year Two (1987), Batman retrieves the very gun that was used to kill his parents so that he can level the playing field with The Reaper.  Batman also teams up with the man who murdered his parents, Joe Chill.  At the end of the arc, Batman seals the gun into the cornerstone of the Wayne Foundation.
  • In the Batman: Brave and the Bold meta-episode “Mightfall!”, Bat-Mite tries to get the show canceled by giving Batman guns.
  • In the Final Crisis event, Batman uses a gun loaded with a Radion bullet as a last resort to stop Darkseid.

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