Rap Sheet: The Dark Knight’s crimes in ‘Batman Begins’
Disclaimer: The should not be taken as any form of legal counsel or guidance; there may be errors in interpretation of the law and there may be crimes and violations missing from this list. I am not an officer or an attorney; I am a movie fan with a blog.
It is a given that Batman operates outside the law to fight the corruption within Gotham, but have you ever wondered just how many times he breaks the law? I did — so I watched Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and tallied the kinds of charges that Bruce Wayne could face if the police ever caught him.
And if they ever did, the bottom of this list also includes the kind of time he could spend behind bars. Hint: He would need the resurrecting powers of a Lazarus Pit to serve it all.
(Caveat: Wayne’s actions outside the United States were not counted against him.)
Criminal trespass » Wayne sneaks into the Gotham Police Department, ski mask and all.
Threat of violence » Wayne holds a stapler to the back of Sgt. Jim Gordon’s head, giving the impression of a gun.
Failure to stop at the command of an officer » He keeps running from police headquarters after Gordon tells him to stop.
Ten counts of assault » Wayne, unprovoked, assaults Falcone and nine of his henchmen.
Ten counts of unlawful detention » Batman then ties them up.
Assault against an officer » After yanking Flass through the air, Wayne lets go of Flass and drops him to the ground.
Aggravated assault »Wayne forces one of Scarecrow’s goons to pull the trigger on the gun in his hand, shooting a second goon in the foot.
Six counts of assault » He takes down the rest of the goons.
Two counts of possession of an explosive device » Wayne has at least two Bat-grenades on him…
Two counts of the use of an explosive device » … which he then uses on two doors.
Two counts of assault on a peace officer » Wayne drives the Tumbler over a police car that has two policemen inside.
Failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop » Wayne keeps on rolling when the police try to pull him over.
Reckless driving » Wayne willfully breaks more than three moving violations —at least 11, in fact — as he speeds home.
Four counts of criminal mischief » The Tumbler crashes through news stands, a pane glass window, the gate arm of a parking structure and into two parked cars.