With the hype of DKR, I decided to go back and watch the other two movies to refresh my memory. I haven't seen Batman Begins since 2009 (give or take) and my younger little mind was only focused on Batman beating the bad guys. But I digress. There are two instances (probably more) that Batman contradicts his no killing policy.
Now I'm not badmouthing the movie by any means, so if you're looking to hate on the movie, please find another place to do it. I'd just like for someone to give me heads or tails on the topic.
Ok, I'll go with the ending first.
At the climax of the film when Bruce fight's Ra's Al Ghul on that runaway subway/train/monorail thing, Batman gains the upper hand, immobilizes Ra's, and tells him that "I don't have to save you" after jumping out the exploding vehicle.
What? Leaving someone for certain death doesn't constitute for killing? I see the logic Bruce is trying to prove to Ra's here, but isn't that worse than killing him? For the rest of his life (or at least until the sequel) he's gonna have that on his conscience. Yeah, Ra's was a bad guy, but if Bruce was so adamant about his no killing rule, you'd think he just would have done something else to him. But I know that's up to debate, so I'll leave that open for discussion.
The other instance was towards the beginning.
Note that Bruce was training at the HQ of the League of Shadows. Now for his final task he must kill a man (or a thief rather) to prove that he's willing to do what it takes. This dude is older, out of shape, confused, and overall harmless to anyone, let alone to a trained assassin. After Bruce explains to Ra's that he's not murdering anyone, the dude proceeds to light the place on fire and blows it up.
Now lets analyze what happens here:
Right before Bruce decides that he's not gonna kill anyone, he blows the place up. This place is filled with people. Now I know, "These guys are assassins! They can take care of themselves! NOLAN HATER!" Calm down. I know that. But that's not what I'm talking about. What about the thief? That defenseless, disoriented, out of shape thief? After the place blows up (and I really mean that this place explodes), all we see is Bruce and a knocked-out Ra's Al Ghul. Surely there's no way that the thief made it out alive if the great Ra's Al Ghul himself almost couldn't.