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Batman has crazy strong willpower, as evidence in Only a dream where he remains awake across two (?) nights keeping Dee (a psychic dream manipulator) from forcing him to sleep and out of his head simply by humming Frère Jacques.

I'm sure there are other times when batman has shown superhuman willpower. So why has he never been approached by the Green Lantern Corps, whom rely on willpower as their source of strength?

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    There's an Elseworlds story called "Batman: In Darkest Knight" where Bruce does become a Green Lantern. Worth a read I suppose. – System Down Apr 11 '12 at 5:20
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    @SystemDown that sounds like an answer. – AncientSwordRage Apr 11 '12 at 7:24
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It seems this did happen in a 1994 comic. The results were somewhat less than stellar. The reasons, as I see it, are these:

  1. Bruce Wayne has a massive amount of emotional baggage -- his willpower is a result of his crusade to exact revenge on criminals. A ring attuned to emotions is not the sort of thing one gives to a person like that.
  2. Batman does not take orders and is unlikely to work well in a corp-like organization with rules. He works alone and chooses his own missions.
  3. The modern Batman persona is meant to strike fear into the minds of criminals. Again, not Lantern MO, IMHO.
  4. The Lanterns (or the Guardians?) probably realize that Batman is already playing his part on Earth. Except in an emergency, converting him into a Lantern (rather than recruiting a person with untapped potential such as Hal) would be a net minus.
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    Re: #2: And we all know just how good Hal Jordan is at taking orders... – Tango Apr 11 '12 at 2:25
  • But I imagine it would be much easier for them to figure that out beforehand when Batman came to their attention, than for an up-to-then unknown like Hal. – geekosaur Apr 11 '12 at 2:53
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    Re: #3: It's worth noting that Batman was once recruited by the Sinestro Corps for his ability to instill fear, but he rejected the yellow ring. – Bill the Lizard Apr 11 '12 at 3:27
  • @Bill the Lizard. No the ring rejected him when it found out that he was friends with the Green Lantern Hall Jordan – user12316 Feb 2 '13 at 0:11
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    @user12316 That might have happened too, but there is a scene in which Batman rejects a Yellow ring. – Nerrolken Feb 10 '15 at 0:49
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Bruce Wayne becoming a Green Lantern in explored in the Elseworld's book (and thus non canon) "Batman: In Darkest Knight". While it's not exactly my favorite Batman Elseworld it does give a good idea of what a Green Lantern Batman would be like.

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