ByRory O'Connor, writer at
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Rory O'Connor

Adam West played the caped crusader in that ever-so-slightly dated Batman TV series from 1966-1968. He still sees it as an incredibly innocent show, as it surely is. At the Phoenix Comicon he even cheekily referred to the series as The Bright Knight, but it was what he had to say about more recent instalments which really pricked up the audience's ears.

The event took place over last weekend and saw West, along with co-stars Burt Ward & Julie Newmar, take to the stage for a panel discussion. One fan enquired what the group thought about how the character has evolved; to which West responded:

We have of course observed the changes, and it’s become dark and gothic and highly explosive in special effects. And Batman kills more people on the way to the rescue than the villains do, but it’s ok, because they do their thing with a lot of talent and money and attention.

The answer was met with warm laughs and applause but perhaps there is something to it. With all the crashing vehicles, exploding stuff and people flying off buildings, there must be at least a few henchmen who never make it home. Of course this would all be of no consequence to your average crime fighting franchise, but - for those in the audience who spent the last ten years on a remote corner of Mars - Batman famously has just one rule.

And tonight you're gonna break your one rule.
And tonight you're gonna break your one rule.

That rule is a defining edge to Nolan's great saga but has the hero slyly broken it? Or was it not so sly at all? Perhaps it comes down to a matter of definition.

Liam Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul went down with a de-railed train in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. It was Gordon's Actions which sent it over but if he gave two hoots, Bats could really have saved him:

And what of Harvey Dent at the end of The Dark Knight? Christain Bale's masked hero tackles him down to save Gordon's son and in turn knocks the fallen idol out of a 4th story window. Many fans argue that this was their hero's acceptance that he would have to break this one rule to be the "hero Gotham needs". The event, it seems, remains up for debate:

Oh yeah, and lest we forget, how about that time he raced around Gotham in a Batplane, diverting heat seeking missiles into unsuspecting buildings? It's difficult to imagine any such event coming off without a dash of the old civilian collateral damage, even in a ramshackle, Bane-controlled, dystopian Gotham:

We're frantically hoping to suss this one out. Can you think of any other times in Nolan's films or before when the cape crusader might have been distracted from his synonymous rule?

Help us out in the comments below.


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