Incendiary Image of the Day: Batman’s Got a Gun Edition


Batman v Superman? C’mon. That’s a no brainer. Kryptonite or go home. How, pray tell, would Batman position himself on that teeny tiny little platform to get off a steady shot? Oh wait. He’s Batman, half-acrobat, half-middle-aged grouch. And the bullets could be made of Kryptonite! Only they’d hit Superman and bounce off. Correct me if I’m wrong . . .

but doesn’t Superman have to be in close proximity to the mineral for it to kick his buns of steel? Never mind.

It’s good to see the previously gun-free Caped Crusader exercising his natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep arms, subject neither to a G-rating or the antis’ whining. Until the network version arrives and the CSGV gets their civilian disarmament knickers in a proverbial twist. I’ll bring the popcorn.


  1. avatar chainsawferret says:

    It’s probably a reference to Frank Millers ‘The Dark Knight’ where Batman used a similar rifle to fire a line from one building to another.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Mighty fine looking optics for a line gun.

      1. avatar Bobiojimbo says:

        It’s Bruce Wayne/Batman – would expect less 😉

  2. avatar Ralph says:

    “Boy, you don’t know nothing! Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman’s a real guy. There’s no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.”

    — Stand By Me

  3. avatar Lurker_of_Lurkiness says:

    Its an homage Fank Miller’s “the dark knight returns” which also got made into an animated movie (voice by robocop)

    The story was written before (and probably inspored) batman’s 1989 film which invented the modern bat grapple

    pretty much every bat movie has been inspired by tdkr in some way.

  4. avatar SouthernPatriot says:

    Somehow with both iconic characters getting together on this one being showcased or risked as your perspective may be, I would think before the show develops too far, the Man of Steel and Dark Knight (thanks to my grandchildren!) will be teaming up to fight a foe which will require both their abilities and efforts? Or maybe it is just me surmising or imagining. I know I will be going with those aforementioned grandchildren.

  5. avatar Sammy says:

    If B/M is gonna use Kryptonite bullets he’d better hurry before they ban green tip ammo.

    1. avatar B says:

      Ain’t nobody need bullets able to shoot through the man of steel. They think he’s gonna go rogue and enslave humanity with his powers? Like he’s done like a dozen times in the comics? Thats just the paranoid extremists thinking that. Batman is the 1%!

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        The 1% have bunkers with housekeepers…

  6. avatar Jj says:

    Has anyone seen the Justice League episode where they’re all under mind control except Batman and it turns out he has a special belt just in case of such an occurance?

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      I have not seen it. It makes sense, though, because Batman seems to be (by far and away) the most intellectual of the superheroes. If anyone would have planned ahead for this contingency, it would be Batman.

  7. avatar SurfGW says:

    That has to be a photoshop job. Batman has never used a gun except for shooting lines or tranquilizer. Or maybe it is a tranq gun that just looks like a rifle…

    1. avatar B says:

      Batman Beyond he did, and was disgusted with himself for needing to use it.

      1. avatar Broken 3ight says:

        Batman Beyond was awesome, I wish they’d make an awesome movie reboot of it, like they are with literally everything else.

        1. avatar B says:

          They could even have Adam West or Michael Keaton be old Bruce. Kevin Conroy would be a solid choice too, though I don’t know if he’s ever done video acting. Now’s the time to do it if they ever are.

      2. avatar Jim R says:

        He was old and frail and I think in the middle of a heart attack or stroke or something. It’s what convinced him to hang up the cape and cowl.

    2. avatar Pulatso says:

      Actually, in his earliest incarnation, he had a 1911 on his hip. The “no guns, no killing” mantra came after.

  8. avatar mike oregon says:

    If I’m not mistaken , Bob Kane originally had Batman carrying a 1911 .45acp . Maybe it’s a throw back Thursday thing.

    1. avatar M J Johnson says:

      Mike Oregon and Pulasto are correct. Bob Kane, who created Batman, had him using a .45. Don’t believe us, check it out for yourselves.

      Also, during the Denny O’Neal Adams era (some of the best stories and artwork on the Batman franchise IMO) Batman used a rifle to shoot at something across the river. I don’t remember what and why right now. Someone else remember?

      And, yes, I’m a geek who loves guns. 😀

      1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

        IIRC, he also had twin machine guns on the bat plane. He shot some guy who was transformed into a giant by an evil dude who used the giants to rob banks, etc..

  9. avatar sacorey says:

    Even in Gotham, only billionaire vigilantes and the politically connected can get concealed carry permits, its like Gotham is new York or something… Wait a minute, I get it

    1. avatar Stinkeye says:

      That looks like an open-carried long gun to me. Maybe Gotham is in Texas, and that platform is on top of a Starbucks?

    2. avatar B says:

      I always thought Gothan was based on Chicago and Metropolis New York.

      1. avatar foggy says:

        It’s exactly the reverse of that, actually.

        1. avatar B says:

          I suppose those 8 years of non-democrat leader ship made the difference. Though I’m gonna guess NYC is gonna go dark knight again if they continue on their path.

  10. avatar DisThunder says:

    Yup, a very cool looking reference to the Dark Knight Returns, the same scene as my Gravatar pic.
    The book is a favorite, and it shows just how torn Batman really is on guns. He uses them at almost every opportunity, at one point rattling off a round from a M60 to take out a kidnapper, but then complains about their use at least twice. Sometimes even right before or after using a gun.

  11. avatar Tom W. says:

    I preferred Adam West’s Pre-Brady Utility Belt. “KA-POW!!!”


  12. avatar Cloud says:

    Ben Affleck.


  13. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    RF you’re not keeping up with the latest Superguy incarnation. There is NO kryptonite-he’s allergic to the air itself…yeah I think it’s silly but that was the Man Of Steel narrative.

  14. avatar Stinkeye says:

    “And the bullets could be made of Kryptonite! Only they’d hit Superman and bounce off. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Superman have to be in close proximity to the mineral for it to kick his buns of steel?”

    Wouldn’t the kryptonite bullet (being a crystalline material) shatter when it hits Supes, thus covering him in a cloud of kryptonite particles? Second shot oughta take him out after that.

  15. avatar Nagurski says:

    You know, nobody ever bats an eye when Iron Man or Captain America shoot random goons. The Marvel movies have never shied away from arming their heroes. All the Avengers (and a couple of their love interests) besides Hulk and Thor have gotten in on the gun play and lets be honest every second Hulk spends shooting instead of smashing means less dead Ultron drones.

    1. avatar B says:

      Black Widow’s superpower *is* shooting people. And screwing with people’s heads I suppose.

      1. avatar Grindstone says:

        I liked that scene in Avengers where they regroup in the street as the aliens attack. Thor readies Mjolnir, Iron Man powers up his blaster-thingys, Cpt America readies his shield, Hulk flexes, even Hawkeye readies his bow. Black Widow? Reloads Glock 26.

  16. avatar Anaxis says:

    There’s a good reason why Punisher has been my favorite comic-book “hero”; the Punisher Armory issues alone helped a lot.

  17. avatar John L. says:

    Go back to the roots, in the Silver Age comics.


    “But more to the point, the very first rendition of Batman in the Bob Kane comics he not only wielded a firearm but he also murdered people in cold blood.

    When I say murdered, I don’t just mean shoot with a gun, I mean snap a neck w/his bare hands, hang someone like an actual hanging, stab with a stake, push to their doom, etc.”

    But here’s the thing.

    Expecting any movie “adaptation” of a comic book, SF novel, Teen Paranormal Romance, etc. to be anything like the original story is just asking to be disappointed these days. Hollywood will make the movie in a way that they think will sell, that’s the only criterion. If they can make a peripheral tie-in to some well-known pop culture icons, all the better.

  18. avatar JasonM says:

    Metallo shot Superman with a Kryptonite bullet. Superman’s body healed over the wound. The only way they could save his life was to have the Flash go to Japan to get a scalpel made out of Kryptonite to reopen the wound.
    Apparently Kryptonite is very hard.

    Also, Batman collects all the Kryptonite he can, and he always keeps a piece on hand. He has contingencies in place for all of the JLA members.

    1. avatar Jordan says:

      Almost the only way.

      In the JL:Doomsday movie, while they were waiting for Flash to get back w/ the scalpel, Batman gave Cyborg a piece of Kryptonite and told him to focus his laser through it which cut through SM’s flesh. Then Martian Manhunter used his shapeshifting to dig in the cut to get the bullet out.

      1. avatar Hawkeye says:

        I think you mean Doom.

  19. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Not to go all geeky, but the best Batman vs. Superman story is the “Red Son” alternate timeline graphic novel. It’s a brilliant imagining of what would have happened if Superman had crashed in the Soviet Union as a baby instead of in Kansas, complete with a Russian Batman anti-communist freedom fighter.

    1. avatar B says:

      The best Superman stories are invariably the ones where he loses his powers, or he is clearly the bad guy. Hence why Red Son is so awesome.

  20. avatar Hawkeye says:

    Guys. In the end of the trailer, it shows the Hulkbuster … uh, I mean, Batman armor. Just like in Dark Knight Returns. AMAZING story, by the way.

  21. avatar David says:

    Easy PC answer is – it’s bizzarro Batman

    Question for the nerds out there:

    Don’t some of the Bat vehicles have guns on them?

  22. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

    Sadly, a lot of comic characters get the Roy Rogers treatment.
    Shoot the deathray out of the bad guys hand, shoot the chain holding the hopper of sand closed, etc.

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