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By Jitin Gambhir

Batman’s Badass Reputation Is A Secret Weapon For His Allies


Caution: spoilers for Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #16! Batman’s reputation for being capable of anything is as useful as any tool in his utility belt. The Dark Knight is renowned for his talents as a strategist and his mastery of various disciplines, from chemistry to escape artistry. While this impressive resume has often allowed Batman to intimidate villains into surrendering, it also offers a surprising benefit to his allies.

In Mark Waid, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain’s Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #16, Batman and Superman, along with several other heroes, villains, scientists, and billionaires, are kidnapped by the android Newmazo, a refined version of Amazo who plans to bring about a robot apocalypse. Batman devises a plan to free Superman by constructing an arrow capable of shattering the Kryptonite android holding him in check, then getting it into the hands of billionaire Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow. Ollie, who has been captured under his civilian guise, notes the only flaw with the plan is that it will expose his secret identity. However, Batman assures him his secret will be safe, as everyone present will assume the show of skill came from Batman.

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Batman’s Reputation Protects His Allies’ Secret Identities

Batman and Oliver Queen in World's Finest #16

It’s a classic trope for a hero’s civilian identity to be captured, creating a situation where they can get free, but only by revealing their superheroic skills. However, when Batman is present, this worry disappears. Batman has become an urban myth – a creature of the night who never tires and never fails. In his presence, anything seems possible, and any enemy can fall. This is useful for obscuring his allies’ abilities and limits, especially in Gotham.

Batman uses a fleet of vehicles, an extensive arsenal of advanced weapons, and a secret underground rail network to support the Bat-Family. However, to the villains he fights, it appears like Batman and his allies can appear anywhere and do anything, discouraging them from investigating the assets that the Dark Knight relies on to protect Gotham – at least until the recent Joker War when Bruce’s nemesis finally targeted his equipment.

Batman’s Plan Shows His Respect For Green Arrow

Warning: spoilers for Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #16!The reputation Batman holds for being capable of anything can be as useful as any tool contained in his utility belt. The Dark Knight is rightly renowned for his talents as a strategist and his mastery of multiple disciplines, from chemistry to escape artistry. While this impressive resume has often allowed Batman to intimidate villains into surrendering rather than prolong the inevitable, it also offers a surprising benefit to his allies.


The action of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #16 by Mark Waid, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain finds Batman and Superman among the many heroes, villains, scientists and billionaires kidnapped by the android Newmazo – a refined version of Amazo who plans to bring about a robot apocalypse. Batman schemes to free Superman by constructing an arrow capable of shattering the Kryptonite android holding him in check, then getting it into the hands of billionaire Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow. Ollie – who has been captured under his civilian guise – notes the only flaw with the plan is that it will expose his secret identity. However, Batman assures him his secret will be safe, as everyone present will assume the show of skill came from Batman.

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Related: Batman’s Anti-Wonder Woman Contingency Is His Most Disrespectful Plan



Batman’s Reputation Protects His Allies’ Secret Identities

Batman and Oliver Queen in World's Finest #16

It’s a classic trope for a hero’s civilian identity to be captured, creating a situation where they can get free, but only by revealing their superheroic skills. However, as soon as Batman is present, this worry goes out of the window. Batman has fashioned himself into an urban myth – a creature of the night who never tires and never fails. In his presence, anything is seemingly possible, and any enemy can fall. This is useful for obscuring his allies’ abilities and limits, especially in Gotham.

Batman uses a fleet of vehicles, a huge arsenal of advanced weapons, and a secret underground rail network to support the Bat-Family. However, to the villains he fights, it simply seems like Batman and his allies are capable of appearing anywhere and doing anything, discouraging them from looking into the assets that the Dark Knight actually relies on to protect Gotham – at least until the recent Joker Warwhen Bruce’s nemesis finally figured out to go after his equipment.

Batman’s Plan Shows His Respect For Green Arrow

Green Arrow and Batman

Another unexpected element of Batman’s plan is how it honors Oliver Queen as the world’s finest sharpshooter, with what’s essentially superhuman aim. For all the grief Green Arrow gets for imitating Batman, there are several areas in which Oliver Queen is superior to Bruce Wayne. Given how arrogant Batman can be when it comes to his skills, it is surprising to see him base an entire plan around Green Arrow’s ability to make an impossible shot. Granted, he also exploits the situation to enhance his own reputation, but it’s clear that Batman‘s reputation is something that benefits all his allies, not just the Dark Knight.

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #16 is available now from DC Comics.

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