Does anyone else think that what Bruce does qualifies as murder? Allowing Ra's to die on the train [In Batman Begins] when he could have saved him = murder via negligence.
A little like saying, 'I didn't lie' when you didn't tell someone something. This = A lie of omission.
I was having this discussion with someone a few days ago and they didn't seem to get it. I really don't understand how anyone making that film [Nolan, Bale etc] could validate that scene as Batman not breaking his, '1 rule'. Most importantly, it's never even mentioned by Bruce again, though I would have thought that it would have weighed heavily on his conscience in the future. For example, In, 'the Dark Knight' he saves the Joker as he falls, he could have easily allowed him to die and applied his mantra to this situation as well. Why didn't he?
Unless the reason he saved the Joker was because of his previous failure with Ra's, and that was an exceptionally subtle bit of character development. Though I feel I'm giving the film-makers far too much credit, as it certainly feels like an oversight, after all he later rides off into the sunset with the murderer of the next, 'Big Bad', I could believe he would be sexually or romantically interested in Selina, but the idea of him forming a solid relationship with her is bewildering.
The character lacks anything close to linearity in terms of character development, despite the fact they had a solid 3 film arc to flesh him out, this could have and should have been one of the fundamental parts of Bruce's story, how he deals with his refusal to kill, and if they had still decided to have Bruce kill Ra's, how that moment impacted on him. Of the Batman Graphic Novels I have read [Which I would be the first to admit is limited, but perpetually expanding] I have noticed that an important and truly core component of his character is his strong moral values against murder, under any circumstances, it has caused many breakdowns in relationships, and general psychological torment for the Caped Crusader, I would definitely like to see this aspect further explored in Batfleck's movies.
Any errors I've made are welcome, I would like to think I am 100% wrong as I thoroughly enjoy the Nolan movies, but this has always irked me to no end more than any plot holes or other strange happenings.