Yeah, I've always had the impression that the Lazarus Pits were a bad idea to use, due to madness. Otherwise, what's stopping Batman from using them whenever he needs to?
Over-reliance.Originally Posted by Qwathings
It's also why, as teched up and armoured as his suit is, he doesn't go down the Iron-Man-route.
This reminds me that several years ago I researched and wrote The Ra's al Ghul FAQ (2nd Draft), in which I gave the subject of Lazarus Pits its own section. I reread everything I could find in my collection which included a scene with one or more people getting lowered into a Pit. As a result, in my FAQ I included commentary on how different writers have stated or implied different things on such topics as "why don't DC heroes try to use the Pits more often?" and "will the typical Lazarus Pit work equally well on anybody who just suddenly gets tossed into it, as a rule of thumb?"
I believe I pointed out, for instance, that back in the 1970s, when Denny O'Neil invented both Ra's al Ghul and his trusty Lazarus Pits, O'Neil wrote various stories in which it was never stated, nor even hinted, that those Pits would even work for anyone other than Ra's himself! In the 1990s, though, Denny wrote a new story (for his "Azrael" series) which took a slightly different approach -- he had Ra's claim that ideally a Pit ought to be fine-tuned for any particular customer's metabolism before that person's body is dropped in. If you skip the "nitpicking adjustment" phase, the results may be ugly. (The implication was that he normally has each Pit fine-tuned to just the right chemical mix for it to be of the greatest possible benefit to him personally!)
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In an Elseworlds tale, Ra's repeated bathing sessions resulted in him having physical changes, resulting in a more demonic appearance.
Ra's, much like Bruce, is a 'chronicler' - perhaps Bruce came across his earlier writings and noted the change from 'old Ra's' to 'current'?