Originally Posted by El Payaso
Wrong. Batman used to be non indulgent towards criminals' lives since 1939.
In those comics as in Burton's movies he's too busy cleaning his city from criminals, defending the lives of the innocent good people to worry about what his image could be in terms of the comfortable classic morals.
Source material? Burton was faithful to Batman’s first incarnation which was later changed.
To the original Batman you mean.
The point of Batman not wanting to resort to killing criminals is because he feared that he would wound up becoming like the man who killed his parents. He didn't want to embody criminal-like methods himself. Did you have a problem with him then, not wanting to kill in Schumacher's films or "Batman Begins"?