In Batman, the Caped Crusader grabs hold of Jack Napier (later, the Joker), seconds before dropping him into a vat of acid.

Was this drop intentional or not?

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    Are you referring to the 1989 movie? Sep 11, 2017 at 17:58
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    Why, yes, most certainly. Sep 11, 2017 at 19:48

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The film's final draft script indicates that Batman didn't drop Jack intentionally. He simply didn't have a good grasp on him.

[Batman reaches, gets a poor grip. He stares, perplexed. at the stricken expression in Jack's eyes.]


[Jack is sliding out of Batman's grasp. A long BEAT -- Jack looks up at him in terror and SLIPS AWAY to plunge the TWO STORIES DOWN into the CATCH BASIN of BUBBLING, TOXIC WASTE, SCREAMING ALL THE WAY.]

Batman 5th Draft Screenplay

This is closely mirrored by the film's official novelisation, itself based on the 4th draft script.

Jack lost the pipe, but the Batman held him. His grip wasn’t firm; Jack could feel the bat’s cloth-covered fingers slipping away. He tried to reach his own hand up to grip the other’s wrist, but there was no strength left. Even through his burning nostrils, he could smell the fumes below. There was nothing left. Was this the end of the joke?

He felt his wrist slide again, felt the bat’s grasp slip by his fingers.

Jack fell.

Batman: Official Movie Novelisation

  • Cloth? I thought all his gear was rubber? Sep 12, 2017 at 15:42

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