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Batman Has a Plan To Take Down Everyone - Except For This DC Hero

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for DCeased #6 by Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, Rain Beredo and Saida Temofonte, in stores now.

It's a well-known fact that Batman is always prepared. The World's Greatest Detective is a man who has plans within plans, and who tries to be ready for any possible scenario. That's how the "Batman wins" meme came to life -- no matter who the Dark Knight is set against, from a super-powered alien to a dangerous criminal, the argument is that he will come out on top because he has already planned for such a confrontation.

Nowhere is this argument clearer than when you consider that several times in the comics Batman's plans to take down different Justice Leaguers have been revealed. For example, in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman: Endgame storyline, the Dark Knight armored himself with his Justice League-buster suit to take down Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman and other heroes who had been infected with the Joker's toxin.

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Yes, Batman has plans to take out every superhero he calls his friend. It's why he's always got Kryptonite stashed away, and why he once kept a Yellow Lantern ring. However, in DCeased #6, we learn that there is one superhero the Caped Crusader didn't bother coming up with a plan to defeat: Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow.

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In DCeased #6, an infected Superman terrorizes the planet and everyone left on it. As the superheroes who are still left alive plan to leave the Earth behind to take as many survivors as possible to a new home planet, they realize they must stop Superman before he kills them all. Luckily, Damian Wayne has access to his deceased father's numerous files, which contain information on how to take down members of the Justice League. But when Oliver Queen, who isn't surprised in the slightest that Batman would scheme against his friends, assumes there is a file with his name on it, Damian informs him that Bruce didn't come up with a plan to defeat the Emerald Archer.

As it turns out, Batman doesn't see Green Arrow as a serious enough threat to plan for his take down. The simple truth is, the powerless archer is small fish in comparison to the god-like abilities of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and the like. Even if he were to turn evil, Oliver Queen wouldn't be much of a worldwide threat.

And, obviously, he's offended by that fact. "I could be a planetary threat if I wanted to," he pouts.

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The reveal is meant as a joke, but it also speaks to the relationship between Green Arrow and Batman, who are both self-made heroes acting as vigilantes. The two characters are more alike than they'd like to admit, but Batman still sees himself are superior to Green Arrow -- so much so that he doesn't believe he needs a special file to overcome him.

Yet, Oliver Queen isn't one to take insults lying down. Later in DCeased #6, the Emerald Archer more than proves his worth when he shoots a zombified Aquaman, in control of a mighty kraken, right in the head from a half-mile away through powerful gusts of wind. "@#&% you, Batman," he exclaims. He may not represent a planetary threat, but there's no question about it: Green Arrow can be plenty dangerous when he wants to be.

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