To avoid further derailing another thread, what are some of the craziest reasons you've heard from fans panicking over Batman picking up a gun in this comic or that?
And, in general, what are some of the craziest, goofiest, or just plain weird logic you've seen used by fans to defend their huge emotional reaction to something in a Bat-comic that's "just clearly wrong"? Batman with a gun? Batman having sex? Batman not being crazy? Batman in a story with aliens or ghosts? Nightwing frowning? Tim Drake not being the everyboy of the DCU? Bathounds and Batmites? Shirtless Batman eating bananas?
I could almost get behind some of the "Nightwing shouldn't raped" camp, because they clearly feel passionately there, but the usual explanation for why tends to involve the phrase "she stole his smile!" or that Grayson wanted to have proxy-sex and chose a rapist everyone in the comic hates to do so.
Similarly, the sheer immensity of the reaction to the suggestion Batman sometimes uses excessive force or is a bit of a dick makes me okeh with it. He shouldn't always be a jerk, he shouldn't always be hitting unarmed mental patients in the neck, no, but there's enough examples of him and his colleagues, that it's got to be accepted as canon at this point, and dealt with. And, really, the strong reaction against it, every single time, is just silly.