In 1970, when originally offered the lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by director Mel Stuart, the great Gene Wilder accepted on one condition. “When I make my first entrance,” he explained, “I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself; but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.” Asked why, Wilder said, “Because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”
Guns and The Batman: Why the Dark Knight Doesn’t Use Firearms
Batman doesn’t use guns. It’s kind of his deal, one of the defining aspects of his character that’s been in place for over 70 years, despite the book’s ties to the trigger-happy worlds of pulp vigilantes and noir detective stories. So why not? Well, the simple answer, and the one that seems to be supported by the majority of the comics he’s in, would be that he really just prefers the satisfying crunch that you can only get by punching a crook right in the face.