Would murdering Thomas and Martha Wayne be justifiable?
I'm not trying to be sadistic, but I think it's an interesting question philosophically. If you were to know that Bruce Wayne would become Batman because of his parents' deaths, and in the process help thousands, would it be justifiable to kill his parents? It seems really interesting to me. Personally, I think the answer would be yes, but I could see both sides. Writing a comic on this would be pretty interesting as well. Let me know what you think.
If he didn't become Batman he probably would of ended up a doctor like his father. So he would still be saving lives.
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Very interesting idea. The problem is that in stories about time travel, there are always the same paradoxes and questions about what happens if you change something and whether time corrects itself. That's sort of why I find time travel annoying in stories. But just as a discussion, it's rather interesting. You'd have to weight the good of them both living to old age against the work of Batman. While T&M helped people and do seem to have been improving the city, their deaths lead to the only thing that causes fear in criminals.
But again, I feel like some one writing this comics would just be lazy and follow the concept that either time is unchangeable or that deliberately killing Bruce's parents to allow for Batman would be bad. So in this comics lets say a criminal goes back in time to stop Bruce's parents being killed in the hopes it will stop Batman from being created. In this case, the author would likely just have Bruce's parents die in some other way that inevitably leads to him becoming Batman (this is the time is unchangeable idea). Alternatively, lets say some one goes back in time and for some reason feels they need to ensure the death of Tom and Martha to allow for Batman. In this case, the author would probably make it so time is changeable and Bruce instead becomes a criminal or something.
But yeah, interesting philosophical dilemma.
Theres also the view that Batman attracts all the freaks to Gotham so without him some of the villains may never have existed and thus they wouldnt be able to harm anyone.
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The Joker definitely wouldn't exist if Batman didn't.
He probably would have been a doctor, but for the sake of the argument, let''s say he wouldn't.
I understand the paradoxes of time travel and it can be frustrating, you're right. This was purely of philosophical nature. Interesting response, thanks for posting it.
True, they may not have been created, but you never know. It just adds another layer to the discussion, really. Still, I think his impact on the city overall was positive, so creating him wouldn't be a bad thing. As for what the Waynes would have done...well, would their deaths have done more?
If you stopped Batman from ever being created you'd be taking away your future reasoning for traveling back in time. Hence the paradox of time travel.
Although, if you go by the Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Ball way of thinking, time can be split depending on each different action we take. So while you may change the history of the time line you traveled to, there would still be a different timeline where Batman did still appear.
But as for the main question, you'd have to weigh the casualties of deaths in pre-Batman time, to those in a post-Batman time. After all, Joker probably kills a thousand or so people every year, and he keeps it up because he knows Batman will try to stop him. If Batman had never appeared, Joker may not have as well.
Now remove all supervillains who may have been created out of Batman's existence. Batman has certainly stopped almost all "casual" crime in Gotham. The renegade druglord may come in once in a while, but they wouldn't be able to kill as many as Batman's saved.
Getting back to the answer to your question, two lives are vastly less than all the lives ended by druglords and supervillains. While I don't believe it's ever truly justifiable to kill people, killing the Waynes did help create a better future for Gotham.
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Actually there is a comic dealing with this exact subject: Batman/ Superman Absolute Power. Its amazing, I recommend it.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I got it and just finished yesterday. It was great, and a very interesting read; I also highly recommend it to others. Thanks again.