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? – DCOPTimDowd Sep 11 '17 at 17:58
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    Why, yes, most certainly. – Ham Sandwich Sep 11 '17 at 19:48

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? – DCOPTimDowd Sep 12 '17 at 15:42

He drops him on purpose. Note the urgent reaction Alfred has to "I just found out Jack Napier is still alive."

Bruce went out that night to avenge his parents.

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    Any reason your answer seems to disagree what is accepted in the script? Why it must've been intentional in your opinion? – Edlothiad Nov 13 '17 at 15:26
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    Welcome to the site! This appears to be speculation. Do you have any sources to support your interpretation of the scene? – amflare Nov 13 '17 at 15:26
  • This is, in effect, exactly the kind of answer the OP wants; a clear yes/no.. But without substantiation, this reads as nothing more than your opinion. If you can back it up, please do -- if your can be substantiate the answer it would provide an interesting insight into the character. – K-H-W Nov 13 '17 at 15:41

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