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Skilled Fighters

Battles Red Hood (aka Jason Todd, the second Robin) and, once he stops holding back, he clearly beats him (albeit Hood, in the end, manages to grab his gun and have Batman at gun point) (Batman #650)

After an emotional fight with Nightwing, he ends the battle by exposing Dick's mental weakness breaking his will to fight with him anymore (Batman #600)

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Battles Batgirl to a stalemate leading her into different locations all across the city while purposely avoiding a prolonged direct confrontation knowing the soul drug had effected both of them which could've led to a very lethal battle. Instead, we find out Batman used this fight as a form of therapy to work out the problems between Batgirl and himself being that Batgirl's main form of language/communication is violence. In the end, Batman reveals he had the fight under control despite being effected by the soul drug (Batgirl #50).




Withstands a ton of punishment from The Sensei (who's had centuries to perfect his martial arts skill) with his arm and fingers getting broken, being blinded, even impaled and yet he's still able to impressively fight on and outsmart The Sensei by moving out the way in time causing The Sensei to fall into the fountain and burn away (Batman #671)


Metas/Super Powered

Defeats enhanced martial artist Zeiss using a very clever battle tactic (Batman #592)

Against AZBats (Azrael in powered armor)

1 - Knightsend

Battles AZBats in Wayne Manor and in the Batcave. In the end, not wanting to take him down hard because he fears what this would do to his mind, the Dark Knight uses a clever tactic and the enviroment to have AZBats disarm himself and stop fighting (Legends of the Dark Knight #63).

(battle is interrupted by AZBats going in the cave and Batman following him & trying to reason with him, then it resumes)

2 - Batman - Bruce Wayne: Fugitive

Showing an impressive mixed display of martial arts skill, use of weaponary, and his own environment to decisively take down a physically more powerful Azbats (Batman: Gotham Knight #30)

Shown gaining the upperhand against an armored assassin with a exoskeleton suit that greatly increases the users strength and durability (Legends of the Dark Knight #202)

Despite being injuried, he defeats Mr. Freeze (who turns out to be the exoskeleton armored assassin) by cracking then busting open his helmet thus exposing his weakness (Legends of the Dark Knight #203)

Defeats Killer Croc who's using a new verison of Venom despite being thrown off by Croc's very improved speed due to the Venom (Batman The Dark Knight #1)

Legends of The Dark Knight #83-84

Against a superhuman soldier infected by a virus who proves himself to be resistant to nerve agent and electricity and who can fire bone bullets

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Defeats the Human Flea (man with special suit allowing him to accelerate at super human speeds and granting him very high leaping ability) trapping up on a pole (Shadow of the Bat #26)

Round 1 (Flea is chased away by Batman)

Round 2 (catching Batman off guard) (Shadow of the Bat #27)

Batman has to fight a Durlan (a member of a race of shapeshifters) and beats & restrains him (Detective Comics #595)

Cleverly defeats a highly skilled immortal alien warrior named Feast then tortures him with a pen! (JLA: Welcome to the Working Week)

Batman faces the Calculator (i.e. the same villain who we'll later see in Identity Crisis) and manages to beat him despite the super-villain can materialize out of thin air counters to the abilities & gadgets of any hero he meets, but not before Calculator manages to press a special button that will give him the win in their following meeting (but it's Bats who will ultimately have the last laugh by winning the third round) (Detective Comics #468)

Takes Heatstroke out by bringing down a bunch snow on her from above

Shown dodging then redirecting Heatstroke's fire blast into the block of ice melting it enough for Katana to free her sword. While, Heatstroke's distracted he's almost able to bring her down through use a hardening chemical foam capsules but she is rescued by Coldsnap before it can subdue her.

Knocks out mind controlled Nightshade with a batarang and helps Superman out with Gorilla Grodd (Superman Batman #3)

Battles Dr. Light inside the Fortress of Solitude and manages to gain the upperhand on him with weaponry then defeats him by calling down dark matter energy inside the Fortress to cancel out Dr. Light's powers making him helpless against the Dark Knight (Superman Batman #43)

Quickly defeats Livewire by wrapping one glove over the other which protects him from being seriously hurt by her electricity then punches her into a puddle of water taking her out (Superman Batman #44)

KOes Blackbriar Thorn (Green Lantern-Alan Scott/JSA enemy) with a batarang (Superman Batman #84)

Defeats mind controlled Ray with a blackout gas bomb (JLA #31)

Defeats mind controlled Flash by motivating Wally to fight off Starro's control over him after exposing Starro's weakness (JLA: Secret Files #1)

Knocks out gorilla soldiers (off panel) then takes out Gorilla Grodd with batarangs and a lowblow shot. Afterwards, he tortures Grodd and chains him up (JLA: Classified #3)

Battles the russian super soldier Steel Wolf to a standstill keeping him off balance through the use of skill (countering his every move) and stealth tactics. He even manages to make Steel Wolf feel pain twice despite his invulnerability (Suicide Squad #40)

Despite being amnesiac, Batman manages to defeat Vandal Savage with his physical prowness and smart use of his gadgets (The Return Of Bruce Wayne #1)

Beats Brick (meta with super strength and invulnerability) with some powerful gadgets (Green Arrow #71)

Although very weakened to the point of barely being able to stand (according to Bruce himself in the issue), using weaponry (tranquilizers and batmobile's electricity) he knocks out a Batman imposter that resembles Bane (who was responsible for putting the beating on Batman) who's dosed with both Hugo Strange's monster serum and Venom giving him super strength, enhanced speed, and highly enhanced durability (Batman #665)

In his second encounter with Clayface 2 after being defeated the first time around he prepares for his next battle and is able to defeat Clayface through use of weaponary to break his concentration (Legends of the Dark Knight #90)

Quickly handles Clayface 3 using skill and the environment to his advantage (Legends of the Dark Knight #201)

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Literally shuts up Lashina (Suicide Squad #10)

Easily humbles Metallo, using a metal rod to take his heart out in a single, swift, move (Superman Batman Annual #3)

Takes out Sela (ancient counterpart of Wonder Woman) by stabbing her in the back with a batarang most likely hitting one of her nerves (JLA #74)

Counters Wonder Woman's every move while trying to talk her down as Wonder Woman is unable to defeat Batman with her skill or hold him with her magical lasso. Wonder Woman ends up having to use her powers (super strength and speed) to take Batman down (JLA: A League of One)

Attacked by Martian Manhunter who turns out to be actually someone or something else who has the ability to mimick the powers/abilities of super powered alien beings, Batman manages to fight him off by improvising and exposing J'onn's weakness to fire while withstanding a great deal of pain in the process as Superman points out (Superman Batman #28)

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Subdues an Ape Superman without force by using Neurolinguistic Programming techniques (JLA Annual #3)

Subdues a berserk Supes with a kryptonite bullet and frees him from Brainaic's control despite being in a..... very unconfortable position (i.e. hanging in the air from a bat-rope tied to Superman's leg) and being sent smashing against or through buildings (Batman/Superman: The Trust, story by Chip Kidd and Alex Ross)

Temporarily subdues Superman by attaching him to priceless objects so it would take his time to get out without breaking them. In addition, he makes Clark believe the adhesive foam he's tied up in is heat vision resistent so he wouldn't use it making things even harder (Detective Comics #756)

Battles Kid Amazo and does well against him managing to withstand his attacks and knock him back with a kick then finally managing to scare him off seemingly with bats (JLA Classified #40)

A rock-like creature named Titus has just taken out Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern John Stewart, Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman, tying up the last 2 with WW's lasso. It's up to Atom and Batman to try and stop him. While Ray Palmer only manages to distract briefly Titus before being taken down, Bats manages to hurt the foe and to take him momentarily down, indirectly freeing Supes and Diana in the process (JLA Classified #52)

Beasts/Demons/Monsters

Quickly brings down a human/falcon beast hybrid that has taken Robin captive

Pays a visit to Jurrasic Park (just a madman controlling robotic dinosaurs) (Batman Chronicles #8)

An armored Batman quickly handles a ninja Man-Bat despite the latter attacks him from behind (Batman #658)

Soundly defeats Killer Croc (despite being sneak attacked) who's been enhanced by the Hush virus increasing his already formidable super strength, speed, and durability well beyond their normal levels something Batman deduces. The virus also makes him more like a furious animal then he ever has been before. Afterwards, Batman lifts/pulls Croc up above ground with chains (a feat of strength as Croc weighs 686Ibs due to the virus) (Batman #608).

While investigating in the sewer system leads relative to a villains-killing vigilante, Batman and Robin are confronted by Killer Croc. The latter is faster and tougher than Bats remembered, and the 2 heroes are in Croc's enviroment (as per his own words). Despite this, first the Dark Knight gets the better of him just hand to hand, then quickly take him out by cleverly using his gadgets. (Detective Comics #819)

Uses a combo of skill, stealth, and weaponry to subdue the inhumanly powerful plant creature Ferak as gentle as possible (Detective Comics #752)

Young Batman faces off against Strange's 4th and best monster who was created with his own DNA and defeats it using a combo of weaponry (powerful tranq dart & acid tipped batarangs), skill, and tactics (Batman & the Monster Men #6)

Defeats a monstrous alien creature by electrocuting it (Superman/Batman #29)

52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #4-5

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have to face the 4 Horsemen, monstrous demi-gods that originally came from Apokolyps, gave an hard time to Black Adam and Isis, and and supposedly got more powerful/formidable since then. Bats has Snapper Carr teleport Plague on the Moon in order to have the monster come to him, thus leaving Supes with just Famine to face, then angers the monster to make it personal & avoid he calls undead followers to help him, finally cleverly uses what he found in the surroundings to take him out.


"Eclipso: The Darkness Within" Annual Event.

Eclipso is the God of Vengeance. Previously trapped in a black diamond, Eclipso broke free when said diamond was shattered and escaped in a crater of the dark side of the Moon. His goal was to possess Earth's superheroes, gain their powers, and destroy the world. His way of possessing people is to have them touch one of the black diamond's shards when they are angry. If the one who touches said shard is a passive person, he/she wouldn't get possessed but would create a manifestation of Eclipso. Otherwise, the God of Vengeance would directly take over the body of whoever summoned him. Eclipso's manifestations are shown to be very strong and bullet-proof, and common people who get taken over (i.e. "eclipsed") by him are shown to have increased strenght & durability and are also bulletproof. Eclipso's only weakness is solar energy, which could force him out of the body of whoever he is possessing and destroy his manifestations & himself, and he has to satisfy whatever revenge fantasy his host body had when he was taken over, before the God of Vengeance could fully be in-control.

Batman battled twice eclipsed people or manifestation of the God of Vengeance himself:

1 - Facing an Eclipso's manifestation unwittingly created by Commissioner Gordon, Bats loses immediately the solar trap given him by Bruce Gordon (solar scientist, former main host of Eclipso and sworn enemy of the God of Vengeance), but manages to win despite that by using intelligently the enviroment and thanks to luck being on his side (the toy company they are in has solar-powered stuff) and to an assist from the Commisioner (Detective Comics Annual #05)


2 - Having to battle an eclipsed Joker out to kill him due to the killer clown channeling his rage towards Batman before letting himself be possessed, and having the solar trap immediately destroyed by one of the Joker's henchmen, the Dark Knight chooses to become eclipsed while focusing his rage towards the clown. So, exactly like Bats planned, he and Joker are forced to fight each other because of Eclipso's conpulsion to carry out his host bodies'revenge wishes. The battle lasts till dawn (as Batman expected), then the sun frees both fighters from the God of Vengeance's possession and Batman knocks Joker out with 1 punch (Batman Annual #16)


Teams/Mobs

Defeats Little Boy and Fatman by using a smart battle strategem (Batman #624)

Turns Coldsnap's ice power against New Wave freezing her in place then quickly knocks out Coldsnap with a nerve blow

A young Batman defeats two of Hugo Strange's inhumanly super strong monsters by attaching them to one another with his steel cables which forces the two monsters to beat each to death as they both try to get free (Batman & the Monster Men #6)

Detective Comics #595

Since a Durlan, part of an invasion force that is trying to take over Earth, came to Gotham for a gun running operation, Batman decides to return the favour by invading the aliens'base in Cube. First he successfully gets in, taking out Khund warriors in the process:

Then, he evades and defeats various Thanagarians and Khunds when they try to kill him:

Finally, he finds a way to destroy the aliens'base and escape:

Captured by a group of demons who want to sacrify him to their leader and take over the city, Batman manages to free himself, escape the demons leader's grasp, and destroy all the demons (Batman: Book of Shadows)


Luthor's robo-soldiers took over various military bases and had the US army in check. Still, a young Batman, who last issue conquered back a base from an army of said robots using just his Bat-plane and Bat-cycle, is able to beat 3-4 of these robo-soldiers just using his Bat-line. Then, he manages to avoid another one or 2 of them, and escape the restraints yet another robot hit him with, before being eventually captured (he is still later able to escape and win thanks to his prep) (Batman Confidential #6)

Battles a swarm of enemies known as "The Body" a well trained and organized mob of people made of clay (as noted by Batman). Here we see Batman doing well and holding his own against them in melee combat while leading them to various locations to get them into position where he wanted them to be. When he succeeds into doing so, he detonates a massive ammount of explosive charges that he planted in the area beforehand destroying the entire mob in the process (Detective Comics #814)


Battles 50 League of Assassin Ninja Man-Bats and does well against them until he's overwhelmed by their sheer numbers and captured. However, according to Talia, he managed to cripple 30 of them before going down which impresses her (Batman #656)


Takes down various Legionnaires with cunning, skill, and weaponry (Brave and Bold #5)

Impressively takes down 4 members of the JLA (Year One JLA roster) despite being caught off guard by them with skill, weaponry, & clever battle tactics and is finally talked down by Martian Manhunter to stop (Batman Confidential #53)

Others

Ends a car chase with his grapnel gun while evading gunfire, then rips a car door open after its all done (Batman #586, more specifically a part of Penguin's day-dream included here because it's representative of Batman's abilities, as one will notice by checking the rest of the site)

Hijacks a fighter ship with Tamaranean technology using stealth and his batline (JLA Classified #18)

Because of Disciple (a lunatic empowered by the Elder gods), the whole League got devolved. Even in a devolved state, Bats shows his resourcefulness (JLA Primeval)

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The Dark Knight turns the tide of the battle between Starman (Will Payton) and Blockbuster II (a criminal mastermind who has meta human strength, stamina & durability, and has beaten down the super strong & durable Payton the previous issue) by gassing the latter (Starman v1 #10)

With Robin's help, Batman takes down Blockbuster II (Underworld Unleashed #3)

Shown multitasking as he dodges the highly skilled Tezumak while analyzing his armor for a weakness that he exposes by using Plastic Man (JLA #67)

Systemically defeats Amazo alongside Nightwing (Batman #637)


Batman #647:

1 - Along with Red Hood (aka Jason Todd, the former Robin II), Bats takes down temporarly the super-strong and very durable Captain Nazi (someone who was created to go toe to toe with Captain Marvel and member of "Luthor"'s Society of Supervillains) by using tactics he and Jason had practiced in the cave years ago

2 - When Count Vertigo (another member of the Society) ambushes them, Batman uses a clever tactic to escape the Count's power while formulating and starting to implement a plan to take him out

3 - With Red Hood's help, Batman executes said plan by having Hyena (a third member of the Society that Bats took out previously with a surprise attack) attacking Count Vertigo, then knock out Hyena himself with a batarang and is ready to handle Captain Nazi with a special (according to Jason's words) tranq gun, but Hood anticipates him by killing Nazi with a tazer

Cosmic Odyssey

A group of heroes including Batman is summoned to New Genesis by Highfather and Darkseid, the latter revealing that 4 aspects of the Anti-life entity are loose on this universe and, if they manage to destroy 4 key solar systems of the Milky Way, the whole galaxy will collapse. This would cause the Anti life entity to enter wholly our universe, which would ultimately results in its and the universe's destruction. So, the heroes are enlisted to stop the aspects. Batman and the New god Forager are assigned to protect Earth and its solar system. After some detective work, the 2 heroes catch up with the aspect and, under the Dark Knight's lead, the 2 stop the aspect and stop the bomb's countdown, temporarly saving the day (the aspect, though, later frees himself, manahandles the heroes and re-start the countdown, so Forager has to sacrify himself to save Earth)

Action Comics #784

Batman, arriving to help Superman in handling the chaos in Metropolis during the "Last Laugh" debacle, reveals to him that the one responsible for the havoc is what appears to be a jokerized Green Lantern Kyle Rayner

Then, gets Supes out of a blast's way and starts implementing a plan, but Kal, being haunted by recollections of what happened in the "Emperor Joker" saga (memories erased from the Dark Knight's mind), freaks out, causing Kyle to teleport them away and Bats to figure out that something is amiss

Finally, Bats, alongside the Man of Steel, formulates a plan based on something he observed, and the 2 heroes implement it. In the end, Superman and Batman stop "Kyle", who is revealed by the Dark Knight as being, in reality, a construct from the real & unconscious Kyle Rayner's subconscious (as Bats deduced earlier)

Later, Superman reveals to Batman what happened during the "Emperor Joker" saga and that the Dark Knight's memories were taken away & given to the Man of Steel. Bats doesn't like to have had his mind altered, and has 2 missiles hit Supes when the latter tells Batman to hit him if it makes Bats feel better. But, then, the 2 talk things out and depart as friends

Bats formulates on the spot a plan to save the ship they are in from a dimensional shift and send E2 Deathstroke, Ultraman & Owlman back in their universe, then proceeds to take out mainstream Deathstroke exploiting the surprise factor while Supes implements the plan (Superman Batman Annual #1)

Batman battles alongside Superman against tactile holograms of the enemies they faced together and, upon deducing the real nature of the opponents, gives the Man Of Steel directions as to how take them out effectively (Superman & Batman #50)

Batman comes up with a plan to take out Composite Superman (an artificial being with the mixed DNA, weapons and abilities of Batman, Superman and other JLAers), successfully implemented by Superman and himself, thus causing the opponent to tear himself apart (literally) (Superman Batman Annual #3)

While teaming up with Green Lantern Hal Jordan, he formulates a plan to take out the Tattooed Man (one of his tattoos being powerful enough to tear apart a sky-scraper), then he and Hal implement said plan, beating the villain (Green Lantern v4 #9)

Helping Wonder Woman in getting through Aquaman's devolved state (despite being himself devolved) and have him believe in her, thus giving his contribute in restoring the League back to normal (JLA Primeval)

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Batman is recognised as being the tactical leader of the JLA (Adventures of Superman #567)

Conjures a plan to free Metamorpho of his mind control with help of the Outsiders

The Kingdom #2

Gog is a lunatic who survived the atomic disaster in his Earth's Kansas and worshipped Superman, but was told by him that the Man of Steel was indirectly responsible for what happened. Thus, he came to hate Supes, something the Quintessence (Shazam, Ganthet, Highfather, Zeus and Phantom Stranger) exploited by giving him great power and the mission to travel to time and cause the disaster in Kansas before Superman retired. But Gog didn't just time-travel, but hyper-time travelled (i.e. went from alternate time-line Earth to alternate time-line Earth) and killed many Supermen in various ways along the way. In his penultimate stop, he was confronted by a great assemblage of heroes (including 2 Green Lanterns, Doctor Fate, Starman, Power Woman, Flash, Rip Hunter of the Linear Men (time police-men) and many others) who didn't manage to beat him and, albeit he didn't succeed in killing Supes, he escaped with his & Wonder Woman's son to mainstream DCU. Arrived there, Gog beated & imprisoned Captain Atom, beated mainstream Superman and was confronted by him, the mainstream Batman and Wonder Woman and by the trio's counterparts in the alternate reality last visited by the lunatic, but they didn't manage to stop him. So, Rip Hunter brings the fight to the Planet Krypton restaurant and to Hypertime, where the 7 are assisted by 4 other heroes from the alternate Superman's reality. They don't make any headway until mainstream Batman, who was earlier in the restaurant to investigate strange artifacts & ghosts, figures out that the artifacts collected there are weapons to be used against Gog and grab & uses a Phantom Zone projector on him, which hurts him and buy the time for the rest of the heroes to grab the rest of the weapons & fire them on the lunatic. Gog is on the ropes and hurting. Albeit, in the end, he isn't yet beaten and manages to destroy all the weapons, he is so weakened by that battle that, later, a blast from his staff ricocheting against mainstream Supes and Hypertime's walls is enough to overcome him.

JLA: Incarnations #2

Batman leads the JLA to victory over Fire-Eye with great planning and an assist from Superman. At the time he hadn't joined the league yet

Then, he leads them to victory also against Gorilla Grodd and his apes, the latters having been enhanced by Grodd and given TK powers, taking out a few of them with pressure point blows to their nerve clusters in the process

As a bonus, here is the Dark Knight giving Supes a lecture on team-work (yeah, you understood it right)

Joker forces Flash (Barry Allen) and Martian Manhunter to fight each other with a mind controlling device but Batman is able to come up with a plan to reverse the effects thwarting Joker's plot

Justice League v1 #148

The JLA managed to cause 2 of competing the Demon Three (each equally powerful as any of the others, one of them (at the time) mighty enough to handle Wildfire, Brainaic 5, Ultraman and Lightning Lad of the Legion Od Superheroes with just a gesture) to destroy each other. In the process, Doctor Fate of the JSA casually absorbs their energies and gets temporarly boosted. Batman and Superman notice this, figure out how to take out Ghast (the remaining demon), and Bats immediately comes up with the right plan. The three superhero teams implement it and Ghast ends up prisoner in the reformed in the 30� century JLA Satellite

NOTE - The comic from where the above scans were taken is a pre-crisis one, but it's mentioned in 2008's Action Comics #864, where part of what happened in the comic in question is also reported

Justice League v1 #183

In the very first meeting between the League, the Justice Society and the New Gods, Batman is instrumental in taking out Orion by using tear gas

NOTE - The comic from where the above scans were taken is a pre-crisis one and involves also part of the Earth 2 JSA (Earth 2 Batman's daughter Huntress being one of them) but, since the fact that said issue's and the following 2 ones' plot (aka the JLA & JSA being drawn in a war between New Genesis and Apokolips), is referenced in 1990's Action Comics #650 and 1998's Superman Villains Secret Files #1 suggests the events of the comic we are talkin about could have happened with some changes (like Huntress being left out and references to Earth 2 being omitted), we saw fit to include the above feat

While being prisoner of a Despero (super-strong Kalanorian tyrant with an hypnotic, third eye) more powerful than usual (for instance, he can manipulate matter like he wishes) thanks to the Flame of Py'Tar, Batman deduces that the tyrant has recreated said flame in the tower they were in. Then, taking advantage of Despero's willingness to talk and gloat, has him revealing just how he became that powerful. After Despero leaves the scene, Bats frees himself and fellow leaguer Vixen, devices a plan to beat him by using himself as a distraction and having the Justice League destroy the Flame of Pytar, and start implementing said plan (which will be followed by his teammates, albeit slightly altered in order to give the Kalanorian more distractions) by engaging Despero and keeping him busy after being re-captured. Finally, after being freed by Vixen and having engaged the tyrant & his creations with 4 of hi fellow Leaguers, he has Vibe (who was guided to the Flame by the Martian Manhunter) destroying at the right moment the flame of Py'Tar, thus ending Despero's threat (Justice League of America vol. 1 #253-254)



Because of Bedlam (kid who is using and being used by an ancient atlantean genie), all the adults have been abducted and taken to a perfect replica of Earth that is kept together by Captain Marvel (who is separated from his human identity Billy Batson)'s dream. While Robin, Impulse and Superboy take care of Bedlam, Bats formulates a plan to get all the adults returned to the real Earth & executes it with the help of the League (JLA: a World Without Grown-Ups)

JLA VS Titans #2 & #3

Cyborg (aka Victor Stone), merged to advanced alien tech and more mechanical than human, abducted & imprisoned everyone what has been a member of the Titans (aka his former team) and assaulted the Moon (aka the Justice League's headquarters), causing chaos on Earth in the process. The JLA intervenes, but the Titans, once freed, are opposed to them hurting Vic. Noticing that Vic causes less trouble to Earth when he is focused on the Titans, Batman first stages a fight between them (who don't know about the ruse) and the League in order to ease the situation back on Earth and to buy time to plan, reaching his goals, then organize the heroes in 3 teams, one destined to fix the situation bak on the Moon, one to handle thing on Earth, and the third composed of the original Titans hand-picked by Nightwing (minus Gar Logan, who invited himself) and whose goal is to have Stone regain his humanity

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #13 (part of King of the World saga in the Superman titles)

Superman, because of Dominus'manipulation, first went on a 24/7 patrol around the world, then started imposing his own rules rather than enforcing existing ones,for instance taking a proacting position in matters concerning foreign countries' affairs and sending Superman robots to patrol the world. After Kal destroying Lex Luthor's headquarter (which contained labs to make synthetic kryptonite but were perfectly legit, since US governement asked Lex to synthetize kryptonite) made him wanted by the law, the JLA decided to intervene. After a first attempt to stop the Supes didn't go well and was stopped by the robots' intervention and by missiles launced against the Man of Steel on the UN's behalf, Supes rids the Earth of all nuclear and ass destruction weapons while the Leaguers are busy with the Superman robots. After Flash destroying a robot by phasing through it made Bats remember that the robots being computer-guided can be used against them, the Dark Knight has J'onn telephatically instruct Green Lantern Kyle on how to create a magnetic phase destructor. Once GL creates and uses it, most of the remaining 'bots are taken out, thus enabling the JLA and the Man of Steel's closed associates (i.e. Superboy, Supergirl and Steel) to go to Superman's antartic fortress to confront again Supes

In the south pole, the heroes engages Supes and Orion, held in reserve by Bats as an element of surprise, finally attacks the Man of Steel

Batman had also Barda in reserve, and she intervenes to break the rough stalemate settled between Supes and Orion by allowing the latter to gain the upper hand and give the League & co an opening to attack & restrain Superman, thus proving the Dark Knight's tactic effective

Determined to keep the promise made to Supes under the latter's request years ago to use his K-ring to stop him in case he went rougue, but lacking the ring, Bats has Martian Manhunter take kryptonite's formula from his mind and give it to Kyle in order to have him synthetize it. GL does so and expose Superman to it, but the Superman robots intervene and the Man of Steel is saved by them and by the fact that spending recently much time near the sun streghtened him

Having to take down the General (General Eiling's mind in Shaggy Man's body), first Batman tries to hypnotize him, but the JLA and Ultramarines' arrival interrupts his try, which was about to succeed according to the Dark Knight. Then, he devises on the spot the plan that the heroes use to subdue the General, who is teleported to an asteroid far from Earth (JLA #26)

Due to a fiery plane crash, a brainwashed White Martian who was kept as an aide to Bruce Wayne in order to have him under surveillance begins to discover his powers but assume Wayne's identity 'cause he is yet uncertain of his own. In order to prevent him from fully awakening and cause all the other brainwashed martians to do the same, Batman sends GL, Orion (who needs persuasion from the Dark Knight), Barda, Steel and Plastic Man to handle "Wayne" without telling them truth, not to risk the martian to read their thoughts and figure things out. Then, he sends WW and Supes (who know that Bruce Wayne = Batman) to get Flash and to super-speed monitor the other martians, ready to intervene in case they wake up. In this way, an alien invasion is prevented once the Leaguers complete their tasks. Finally, Bats puts Superman in his place once the Man of Steel suggests he could have been honest to GL & co and reveal his identity (JLA #33)


Martian Manhunter mentally finds out that Superman has been enslaved by Mageddon (a weapon from the Old Gods that can bring apocalypse, has already caused the death of at least Wonder World & its gigantic superheroes and of another planet, and can vaporize half the galaxy if it explodes), so Batman is called. The Dark Knight has J'onn mentally link him with Supes and, thanks also to Aztek's sacrifice and the intervention of GL, Orion and WW + the armies of men (i.e. Earth's people turned in superhumans), is able to "wake up" the Man of Steel by lecturing to him, thus indirectly saving the galaxy and maybe the universe, given that Supes is then able to stop Mageddon by absorbing its power-source (JLA #41)


The JLAers have been split in their human and superheroic identities by ID, artifacts of 2 six-dimensional beings called Cathexis. The latters have decided to take over the world in order to experiment on it. After Plastic Man's alter ego Eel O' Brian's (not fully succesful) and Wonder Woman's (succeful) try to return the Leaguers to normal and Flash'move to use the ID to turn the Cathexis in 4 3-dimensional beings, Batman takes the former six dimensional fiends down and quickly formulates a plan to handle ID once and for all and return their creators home. Said plan is succesfully executed by the JLA (JLA #54)

After the JLA's failure to to take out a jokerized Doctor Polaris, who had just absorbed the south pole, by overpowering him as per Kyle's suggestion, Batman formulates on the spot a plan and leads the League to victory (JLA #59)

Due to mythological monsters raising and related events happening, the JLA is called to fix things. Batman leads the team in the resolution of the case, showing also his deductive ability and his fighting prowness against some of the monster, and ends having Plastic Man extracting whatever is controlling Abra Kadabra (the latter being the one who seemed responsible for what's happening), thus ending the crisis (JLA #61).

JLA #74-75 (end of the Obsidian Age Saga)

The JLA got killed in the past by the League of Ancients, who were being manipulated and later got taken out by one of them, i.e. the atlantean witch Gaemnae, in order to make sure that Atlantis will rule above all. However, the JLA's spirits were saved by Manitou Raven (i.e. the only one of the Ancients who understood they were being manipulated), and, now in the present, they & their replacements (aka the League that formed as per Batman's instructions in case of the main team going missing for more than 2 months) have to fight Gaemnae both in the past and in the present. Acting on an hint provided by Nightwing, Batman's spirits has Raven ressurect in sort of zombie forms (i.e. not truly living) the Leaguers (Bats included but save for GL), in order to be able to fight the witch without risking to be absorbed into her (a spell that works only on the living).

So, while Nightwing and most of his team goes into the past to save the present day, stranded Atlanteans and to deprive Gaemnae of her power-source (a goal that they end up accomplishing), the zombie League and the remaining members of Nightwing's JLA engage the witch in the present. They are mostly an annoyance, but Batman's goal (who is leading his teammates) is exactly to annoy Gaemnae just enough to convince her to fully ressurect them. A plan that works.

Later, with Gaemnae defeated but with the Earth spiralling out of its orbit due to the witch having previously sent the water off-planet, Supes, WW and Martian Manhunter have to keep it in check (a goal that they almost ends up missing, until a newly ressurrected Kyle sets things right), and it's up to Batman to compensate for the stress his 3 teammates' actions cause to the planet. Bats does that by having Flash in the pole to absorb Earth's kynetic energy.

JLA/JSA: Virtue & Vice

Right after shaking off Anger's possession, Batman reveals how to free the possessed JLAers & JSAers from the other Deadly Enemies Of Men, namely having Cap Marvel say Shazam

Then, he and Terrific come up with a plan to take care of Despero and Johnny Sorrow

JLA Classified #19-21

The League is confronted by the Hypotheticals, a band of freedom fighters brainwashed by General Tuzik (a dictator who got deposed by the JLA and is, therefore, seeking revenge and has just taken over China and its army) via ministarros in their bloodstreams and given metahuman powers and abilities by the Hypothetical Woman (another of the general's thralls). Among them are Jin Si, defined as the living incarnation of hand to hand combat and undefeatable by anything, and Soldat, who has enhanced stats and umbreakable knives.

Right before being attacked, Batman takes the first steps to fix the situation

Then, with his team being in trouble with the Hypotheticals and him personally being engaged in a losing battle against Jin Si where he is taking significant damage, the Dark Knight is still lucid enough to strategize, countering Tuzik's moves during a virtual chess match:

While J'onn continues to enact Batman's plan to handle the ministarros, the League turns the tide of the battle by switching opponents. So, with Flash taking care of Jin Si, Bats is able to take out Soldat and use one of his knives to kill one of the 3 Phantom Zone kryptonian duplicates that Ghost Lion summoned against Superman, thus allowing Supes to finish the other 2 duplicates

With the opponents defeated, J'onn arrives and reveals Batman's hunch to rid people of the ministarros'infection and proceeds to show it by freeing the Hypotheticals

Finally, when Tuzik himself shows up, empowered by lethal (unknown to him) stuff he ingested to give himself superpowers, the last part of Batman's plan is brought into play, with the arrival of Tuzik's son who has his father stand down.

In the end, Bats gets to show his own brand of hopefullness, warning Tuzik's son of what will happen were he to follow in his father's footsteps

JLA #112-113

A Batman disguised as J'onn J'onnz is pointed out as being the tactical leader of the League

Bats proves this when the JLA has to battle a Qwardian uber-weapon manned by the Qwardian supreme leader. In fact, taking advantage of the Qwardian war commander trying to negotiate with the Dark Knight because she wants to stop his leader's sense-less rampage in order to concentrate their attention on the real enemies (aka Krona who was responsible for their planet momentary erasure from reality and the Crime Syndacate of Amerika who humbled the Qwardians), he gives her information (some of which she communicates to her leader after "gaining his attention") in order to make the Qwardians switch focus on the CSA's Earth Two instead of the positive universe's Earth, thus saving the latter (and the League, who was pratically beaten) and leading the Syndacate (who earlier caused great trouble there) to return home.

Turns the tide of the battle between Kid Amazo and the League by quickly finding a way to turn the very same thing KA is exploting to beat the JLA (i.e. having not only their powers but also their personalities) into a weakness, with the other Leaguers implementing (some consciously, others not) the plan successfully (JLA Classified #41).

Justice League of America #6 (2007)

While facing alongside the (soon to be new) JLA an Amazo who believes himself Red Tornado, Batman & Green Lantern damage the android's legs while WW restrains him and Supes HVs him.

Later, after Amazo has taken out the League's heavy hitters and upon deducing that the android is processing the powers he stole from them through Vixen's totem, the Dark Knight has Arsenal fire an arrow at him. This not only stuns Amazo, but indirectly causes his defeat. In fact, the totem being hit by the arrow causes Vixen to locate it and to dive through Amazo and re-take it, having the android overload as a consequence (thus proving Bats' hunch to be accurate)

Justice League Of America #23-24 (2008)

Bats comes up with a plan to get rid of the latest Amazo (who has taken out most of the JLAers). Then, he enlists Steel's help to make some adjustements to the slideways (sort of teleporter) and has the Leaguers still fighting-able push Amazo through them. So, Amazo ends up being ported in a red giant, thus neutralized.

JLA Classified #54

Both in the past and in the present, Batman is shown as instrumental in taking out Titus, alien god able to take on the whole JLA at the same time without being subdued by the team's sheer power. In the past, Bats came up with the plan, improved by Flash Barry Allen and GL Hal Jordan, to use Black Canary's scream to destroy the god's mace(then the source of much of his power). Wheras in the present he, alongside Atom and Flash Wally West, builds/adapts the tech needed to make sure a now more powerful Titus gets dispersed throughout space and time.

In the middle of the new Crisis, Batman leads a group of heroes against the Brother Eye (the satellite Bats himself created) and, in the end, distracts the satellite in order buy Mr Terrific (who can't be detected by machines) the time to disable it, causing it to fall back to Earth (Infinite Crisis #6)

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Outsmarts Spellbinder by turning his illusions back at him

Figures out that the device Prankster is about to use (a device the villain just used to shrink Superman) could be dangerous, somehow prevents it from working and quickly takes out Prankster with a well-placed batarang (Superman/Batman #57)

Hypnotized himself so that Hugo Strange wouldn't figure out his secret identity (Batman: Gotham Knights #11)

Gotham Underground #4

Planning to find out what the Suicide Squad is hiding in the infirmary of Blackgate prison (where he infiltrated into), Bats pretends that the injuries he sustained in his clash VS Zsasz were worse than they actually were, by slipping into a trance-like state similar to coma, so he is brought where he wanted to be. Then, he slips out of his trance to continue his investigation

Tricks Ra's into revealing him the real importance of a globe the would be dictator used to own & ended up in the British museum, where it was stolen from, and takes a photo of a map of all the Lazarus pits present in the world (Detective Comics #840)

Tricks the Key into putting himself into an inescapable trap exposing his fetish for escaping impossible traps thus using it against him (Batman: Gotham Knights #5)

Tricks Metron into transforming himself into a human being making him vulnerable to be knocked out and controlled by hypnotic agent (JLA #14)

Superman/Batman #48

After easily taking out Hotshot (soldier specially trained in aerial combat with high tech weaponry to take out Superman), he talks Brannon (Hotshot's boss and leader of a team assembled by Amanda Waller to stop the Man Of Steel) into helping him stop All American Boy (a soldier turned into a kryptonite-fueled Doomsday clone who is beating Supes black and blue)

then raids Waller's computers to find evidence against her and AAB's weakness. Thus, he arrives just in time to save Superman, slowing down the monster just long enough for Brannon to bring his parents to him, therefore stopping his rampage.

Finally, Bats uses the dirt he got on Waller to "persuade" her to stop pursing the World's Finest, handle to them her kryptonite and rebuild the town the battle between All American Boy and Superman took place in.

Faces Kryppen, an Arkham inmate who is specialized in poisons and has struck a deal with Neron (at the time the top Devil-type of the DCU, excluding Lucifer & Fallen One of Vertigo lore). Kryppen has poisoned all the Arkham residents (guards and inmates alike) and wanted Batman to kill any of the Arkham people in exchange for the antidote. In this way, Bats would have lost his soul to Neron, who would have returned Kryppen the favour by making him ruler of the world. But the Dark Knight refuses the deal and outsmarts Kryppen (and, indirectly, Neron) by poisoning him with his own venom & making him realize that he can't be the ruler of the world if he dies, thus forcing him to hand Bats the antidote without a life being taken (Batman: Devil's Asylum, part of the "Underworld Unleashed" crossover)

Formulates a master plan to trick the Spectre into breaking his own prison that he's entrapped the JLA within. Yet, he sacrifices himself with Superman at his side in the process so the rest of his teammates can go free (DC 2000 #2)

Superman: Man Of Steel #105

Joker tricked Mister Mxyptlk into giving him more than 90% of the imp's power, remade the world in his image, defeated everybody who opposed him (Batman and Superman among them), destroyed & recreated the universe effortlessly and has just put Supes through an horrible life designed to break him, with Bats forced to watch. The Man Of Steel managed to not break by causing his own death. Taking advantage of this and despite having gone through many gruesome deaths and ressurection (among other things) has left him in a bad shape, the Dark Knight masterfully manages to manipulate the now near omnipotent killer clown into bring back from death Supes and put him through another dose of nightmarish reality, this time including Lois. This ultimately causes Superman to break Emperor Joker's hold over him, as expected by Bats and unforseen by the clown, leading also the JLAers to awaken.

Batman #682-683

Bats is prisoner of 2 of Darkseid's evil gods, unconscious and enveloped by the Lump, who is also hiding in Batman's memories disguised as Alfred and tirggering the dark Knight's recollections. Lump is a telepathic parasite whose purpose is to sample Bruce genetic material and duplicate his memories, in order to create an army of clones each as good and as driven as Bats, but under Darkseid's control.

Batman first notices that the "Alfred" in his memories isn't really Alfred and that something is amiss, thus forcing the evil gods to have the Lump create false memories to distract the Dark Knight Detective:

Then he somehow senses the evil gods and changes the false memories the Lump is creating, thus forcing the evil gods to stop using them

After some time, while the evil gods are noticing that giving Batman's memories to his clones isn't such a good idea, after all, Bats confronts in his mind and exposes the Lump

Finally, when the Lump tries to subdue Bats with the Caped Crusader's own memories, Batman resists the assault, gives him a concentrate dose of memories that causes the clones to try and kill themselves and, when the evil gods choose to terminate the Lump to break the connection and salvage what's left of the clones, Bruce convinces a dying Lump to help him escape

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