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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people hotly debate the ending of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, one of the more controversial comic endings in history. After the Joker cripples Barbara and almost shatters Gordon's psyche, Batman looks like he's finally had enough. The two enemies stand in the rain together and the Joker can't help but crack a joke about the two long-time enemies. In one of the most crazy Batman moments ever, the Dark Knight cracks a small smile, and then proceeds to laugh - at a joke from his most iconic villain. Then the floodgates open and Batman and the Joker laugh like two old friends reminiscing about the good old days. Then Batman gets quiet, the graphic novel ends, and it sure looks like Batman has finally killed the Joker.