Is it that surprising that a man who dresses up like a bat to fight crime may have a few screws loose? Bruce Wayne has billions of dollars, spends his free time beating on criminals - with his bare hands, and his parents were murdered in front of him as a child. Bearing that in mind, Batman may not represent the sanest members of society.
In fact, some of the most insane Batman comic book moments come when the Dark Knight let's his crazy side shine. Read the list of some of the best Batman freak outs of all time below. Batman knows how to cross the line: he has murdered mentally-ill people, launched enemies into space, and lost his marbles on more than one occasion.
Check out the list below for some of the darkest moments in Batman comics and see how well you really know the Caped Crusader.
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Batman Makes Robin Eat RatsPhoto: DC
In All Star Batman & Robin, Batman chooses an insane methodology to help train up his new sidekick. He insults him, abuses him, and isolates him in the Batcave so he can learn to fend for himself. But it gets crazier: Batman makes Dick Grayson eat rats for survival practice. Why? Because Batman did it on his own path to Caped Crusading. When Alfred feeds Grayson actual food, Batman freaks out and tells him that Dick needs to learn the hard way. Batman has clearly lost his mind.Was this dark?
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Batman Swings a Murdered Corpse from His Batjet Like a PinataPhoto: DC
Golden Age Batman is arguably the best Batman. Not only does he speak like a Saturday-morning PSA, he also has some serious issues. And old Batman doesn't always shy away from horrific actions. Take the time in his first solo comic, Batman #1 in 1940, when he strung up a genetically enhanced - and mentally ill - person by his neck. Batman then used the Batjet to show his victim off to all of Gotham. Readers see the man struggle, then go limp, and Batman says, "he's probably better off this way." As in, better of dead. That's dark - even for the Dark Knight.Was this dark?
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Batman Murders KGBeast like a Twisted PsychopathPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
How's that old saying go? If you can't beat him, simply lock him up in an inescapable room until he withers away and dies? Yeah, that's the one. Batman does exactly that when he locks up KGBeast in Batman #420. The brute proved too much a challenge for Batman - je could neither outsmart nor beat the brute into submission. So he lured his enemy into a secure room, locked the door, and threw away the key. Not exactly Batman's most heroic moment, this page reads more like a scene from Saw.Was this dark?
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Batman has Sex with Black Canary While Criminals Burn Behind ThemPhoto: DC
In the most WTF moment from All Star Batman & Robin, Batman dispatches a dock full of criminals with maniacal glee. On top of that, he gets Black Canary all kinds of turned on with his fighting prowess, and she kisses him right then and there. Things get even more heated (pun intended thanks to the criminals literally burning to death in the background) when the two start having sex. And of course the two leave their masks on for the whole shebang (pun intended here, too). This is pretty dark, even for Batman.Was this dark?