It probably does not come as much surprise to note that a guy who voluntarily dresses like a bat is also a bit anti-social, but Batman tends to take things to a whole other level, because despite his constant protestations about how he works best alone or how he likes to work in the shadows, the guy is constantly joining superhero teams! He’s on, like, two different Justice League teams right now! So he is not just an anti-social guy, he’s an anti-social guy who chooses to constantly surround himself with other people, from the multitude of Bat-related heroes in Gotham City to all of the superhero teams he has gotten involved with over the years.
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That combination, as you might imagine, has led to a number of conflicts between Batman and his fellow superheroes. One of Batman’s lesser known superpowers is super-stubbornness and that does not go over well with others. “Hate” is obviously a strong term, but we feel that these superheroes have, at one point or another, been so disgusted with Batman that they could safely be described as despising him in that moment (most of them get over it eventually, of course).
15. AQUAMAN, PLASTIC MAN, WONDER WOMAN
One of the biggest fights that Batman ever got into with the Justice League (and this is a guy who literally quit the League in the early 1980s) came in the “Tower of Babel” storyline in JLA (Mark Waid’s first arc at the writer of the series). Ra’s Al Ghul stole Batman’s contingency plans he had for taking down each of his Justice League teammates and Ra’s put them into play.
The League eventually survived and the team then voted on whether to keep Batman on the team. Of the four votes against Batman, Superman wasn’t even really angry but more disappointed. Wonder Woman was angry, but her anger was more of a resigned, “I just can’t trust him” sense. Aquaman and Plastic Man, however, were heated. Aquaman pushed the vote and Plastic Man voted Batman out with disgust in his voice.
Azrael was a young man named Jean-Paul Valley who discovered that he was part of an ancient society of assassins. Jean-Paul was then “activated” and found himself acting as the agent of the Order of St. Dumas, using the name Azrael. He came into conflict with Batman, who helped Jean-Paul break free of his programming. Now free, Jean-Paul was trained by Batman to use the skills that the Order gave him to be a true superhero.
However, when Batman broke his back in a fight with Bane, Jean-Paul was pressed into action to replace Batman. Eventually, his old programming kicked in and Jean-Paul went around the bend. When Bruce tried to take the name back after his back was healed, Azrael tried to kill him, as he saw him as a demon trying to steal his newfound role as the guardian of Gotham.
13. GREEN ARROW
The amusing thing about Green Arrow and Batman’s relationship is that Green Arrow got his start ripping off Batman. He had an Arrowcar, an Arrowplane, an Arrow Cave… he even had an Arrow Signal! However, then Green Arrow lost his fortune (oh yeah, he even had a fortune like Batman!) and he became an aggressively liberal superhero, which led to him clashing with the more right-wing Batman.
However, in more recent years, he became more and more aggressive with his attitude towards Batman. Things got so bad that Batman even had a talk to Green Arrow about it, noting that since he knew he didn’t do anything to Arrow to merit this much hate, Arrow must have done something to him. Batman nailed it, as Arrow was still regretting how the Justice League voted to wipe Batman’s memory years earlier when he caught them messing with the minds of supervillains.
12. GREEN LANTERN (GUY GARDNER)
Simply put, you could put Guy Gardner on pretty much any list you have of “superheroes who hate other superheroes” and have him fit in there well, but Batman has a very special place in Guy Gardner’s hate list. When the Justice League re-formed in 1987 following Legends, Guy Gardner and Batman where both members of the team.
Guy assumed that he would be the leader of the team as he was one of the most powerful members on the team, but everyone else there turned to Batman. Guy resented Batman for it, and he kept trying to get Batman to fight him. Finally, Batman agreed and laid Guy out with one punch! Later on, when Guy had returned to the Green Lantern Corps and was assigned to Oa, he left Earth by mooning Batman at the Justice League headquarters!
11. GREEN LANTERN (HAL JORDAN)
Hal Jordan’s relationship with is a strange one to say the least, because naturally enough, the initial problem happened when Hal Jordan went nuts and killed a bunch of Green Lanterns, destroying the Green Lantern Corps. When a repentant Hal then tried to atone for his sins by sacrificing himself to restart the sun during Final Night, Batman continued to not trust him.
However, when Hal was later resurrected and proven to have been possessed by Parallax when he did his evil deeds, Batman still wouldn’t forgive him and that’s when Hal just lost it. He punched Batman in front of everyone, essentially telling Batman that he was sick of being judged by the Dark Knight, so screw him. Eventually, they settled their difference.
When it comes to hatred, old school Hulk is a bit of an easy mark. If he tripped over a pair of roller skates, the odds are that he would decide that he hated those pairs of roller skates and wants to smash them to bits. Therefore, it is quite easy to believe that it was simple for the Joker to turn the Hulk against Batman when the two met in the crossover event, Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk.
The Joker played off of the fact that he has green hair just like the Hulk, so when Batman was trying to stop the Joker, the Joker convinced Hulk that Batman was a bad man who needed to be stopped. Luckily for Batman, he managed to escape his encounter with the Hulk alive. After a second encounter, the Hulk came to his senses and teamed up with Batman against the Joker.
Before DC Comics changed their continuity with Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Huntress was Helena Wayne, daughter of Batman and Catwoman from Earth-2. After Crisis eliminated Earth-2, Huntress was naturally eliminated, as well. She was then brought back as a brand-new character on the main DC Earth. Now she was Helena Bertinelli, a daughter of a mob boss who decided to take down the mafia after they killed her parents.
She eventually ended up in Gotham City, where she assumed she and Batman would work together. Instead, he disapproved of her methods for being too violent. She was shocked and appalled that he would treat her like a student asking for a gold star. Eventually, over time, they both wore each down a bit and became trusted allies. Batman even sponsored her for membership in the Justice League!
8. JUDGE DREDD
What’s fascinating about the conflicts between Batman and Judge Dredd is that in the DC Universe, someone like Judge Dredd would be extremely frightening — someone who not only captures prisoners but is then the judge, jury and (if need be) executioner of said prisoners? That’s scary stuff. However, when Batman and Judge Dredd first met each other, it was Dredd who was disgusted by Batman!
You see, Dredd is the law, while Batman works outside of the law and to Dredd, that was just as bad as any other crime committed in his city. He insisted that Batman serve 20 years in prison for his vigilantism! It would take the more pragmatic Judge Anderson to break Batman out of prison so that he could complete the case he was working on. Eventually, Dredd decided to let bygones be bygones and the two had future team-ups.
As one half of the original Dynamic Duo, Dick Grayson naturally loves Bruce Wayne, as Bruce is, in effect, Dick’s father. If not his father, then at least his really cool older brother who took him in and gave him not only a home but a new purpose in life after Dick’s parents were murdered.
However, not even the closest people in Batman’s life are free from getting disgusted with Batman on occasion. When Dick gave up being Robin and took on the Nightwing identity, the two did not speak for a while. Later on, when Batman was prepared to give up his Bruce Wayne identity when Wayne was framed for murder, Nightwing had enough and tried to beat some sense into Batman! It did not work. In the end, though, the two always end up making up — they are family, after all.
Batman’s stubbornness played a major role in the history of the Outsiders. The team was formed when the Justice League refused to let Batman enter into a war-torn country due to United Nations objections, despite Batman’s friend, Lucius Fox, being kidnapped by the military there. So Batman just quit the team and then recruited a couple of independent superheroes (Black Lightning and Metamorpho) to join him in sneaking in and freeing Fox. They met some other heroes and ended up forming a new superhero team, the Outsiders.
However, Batman ruled the team with an iron fist and eventually turned the rest of the team against him when he would just refuse to budge at all on his various rules, as he made it clear that protecting Gotham City was more important than anything they had going on in their lives. So they eventually split off from him.
5. RED HOOD
Even when he was Batman’s second partner, Jason Todd always seemed to have a bit of an attitude towards his boss, but that attitude went to a whole other level when Jason was brutally murdered by the Joker while searching for his birth mother (it was his birth mother who turned him into the Joker — that’s got to sting a bit).
While technically it was Superboy Prime punching the walls of reality that brought Jason to life (don’t ask), the later explanation was that Ra’s Al Ghul used a Lazarus Pit to bring him back to the land of the living.Jason resented Batman for what happened to him, so he became the Red Hood and terrorized Gotham City (the heroes and the villains) before eventually Batman broke Jason down and brought him back to becoming a superhero.
4. RICK FLAG JR.
Rick Flag Jr. was the field leader of the Suicide Squad, a mix of supervillains trying to knock time off of their sentences and superheroes with no place else to go. When Batman discovered that supervillains were working for the government, he tried to take the Squad down. Flag was forced to fight him but hated doing so, because he respected Batman much more than the villains that he led.
Later on, though, when Batman tricked the Justice League into breaking into Russia to rescue a captured Nemesis (captured while working with the Squad), Batman then changed his mind when he found out that the Squad was involved. Flag (there to rescue Nemesis with the Squad) tried to reason with him, since they had the same mission, but Batman wouldn’t listen or associate with the Squad, which enraged Flag and caused him and Batman to have a brutal fight.
When Batman crossed over with Spawn, Todd McFarlane wanted his end of the team-up to be really special, so not only did he draw it, he also brought in legendary Batman writer, Frank Miller, to write the special issue. Years later, Frank Miller would write All Star Batman and Robin with artist Jim Lee and in that series, Batman was notably a real jerk. Well, the Batman of Batman/Spawn is most likely the same character, as Batman is incredibly rude and dismissive to Spawn throughout the team-up.
This eventually leads to the two attacking each other (as Batman belittles Spawn and calls him a punk). Spawn wants to rip Batman to pieces! Amusingly enough, at one point, Batman busts Spawn’s lip with a batarang. McFarlane worked the injury into the main Spawn comic book series, where he had the injury for some time.
As we have firmly established, not only is Batman stubborn, but he doesn’t trust anyone, so when a mysterious teenager shows up on Earth who is not only from Krypton, but is somehow related to Superman, it naturally set alarm bells off in Batman’s head and he constantly pressed Supergirl on her story and whether she was for real.
This Supergirl was a bit different from the Pre-Crisis version of Kara Zor-El, as she had a bit of an anger problem herself, so she and Batman went together like oil and water. Batman never did quite getting around to trusting the young hero. Of course, it is hard to blame him; it turned out this Supergirl went “evil” a number of times.
This one is tricky, as Superman really doesn’t do hate. Even when he voted to have Batman kicked off of the Justice League due to Batman’s actions in “Tower of Babel” (he did turn Superman’s skin inside out with artificial red kryptonite!), it was more a vote from sadness than anger.
However, around the time of Infinite Crisis, if Superman was ever deemed to have “hated” Batman, it would be then. They were squabbling a lot during that period, with Batman even telling Superman that he hadn’t inspired anyone since his death — harsh! When Batman showed up in Metropolis with some kryptonite? Superman had enough and he roughed Batman up and told him to get out his town. By the end of Infinite Crisis, though, the two heroes had made up and went back to being friends.
Do you think Batman actually likes to be part of teams or is it just a necessary evil to him? Let us know in the comment section!
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