“Kill you? Why would I want to kill you? What would I do without you?”
You keep on being a hero with the woman you love and the people who need you? Find another villain to vent your angst on?
You’re saying this to the guy who spent most of his adult life hunting down the killer of the rest of his immediate family. I highly doubt Greg had a plan for after he finally “got” said killer, except to maybe die with him, or shortly after him.
He’s facing an entirely new paradigm – what to do when your revenge is essentially achieved, and you’ve actually still alive?
Must agree with MacNut here. He nailed it. It’s a bit like the first Punisher movie where the Punisher gets his vengeance and then barely talks himself out of eating his own gun. I think a person can come back from this, but only if they redefine whom they are what they want out of life.
Come on, Greg; James Bond managed to get along just fine without Ernst Blofeld (who murdered Bond’s wife) as an antagonist, after Blofeld was finally killed. And Benjamin Martin went on with his life after the death of Colonel Tavington (killed Martin’s sons and daughter-in law) in The Patriot.
Batman could probably survive without the Joker too, although killing off the Joker would require the story writers to come up with a new villain with an equally extensive background.
And his death would last a year, at the absolute maximum, because everyone loves the Joker, and even if you intend to kill him off for real this time, the next writer is unlikely to share your sentiments.
It must get depressing for most superheroes, knowing that no matter what happens, the villains will always come back.
Hey, that’s job security!
Actually, they do kill major characters in movies because, unlike in a series of comic books, they are unlikely to have more than a few movies. They even killed off Charles Xavier in the X-Men movie series, along with the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man series.
The sad part about the Batman series is that, even though Batman refrained from killing the Joker (possibly to allow him to return in a sequel), Heath Ledger, the actor who had done such an excellent job with the role, died.
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