10. They originally planned for him to be an opposite to Superman.
Superman was DC's biggest character and probably the only popular superhero back then (besides Human Torch and Namor, but the were nowhere as well-known). They wanted to create a darker character without any powers as opposed to a light-hearted one that relies on them too much, even though they both fight for the same thing.
Together they're the two most iconic comic book characters of all time.
9. He's the second best detective on Earth (in my opinion)
Say hello to Detective Chimp.
He's a chimp that can talk and has the intelligence of a human. He's solved cases just as advanced but the reason I place Batman below him is because Batman relies too much on his tools. (Also, Detective Chimp's initials would be DC. Get it? No? Okay 😞)
8. Bruce Wayne's name was based off two real heroes.
• Robert the Bruce, a Scottish national hero.
• Mad Anthony Wayne, a hero of the American Revolution.
Also, Batman is the name of a rank given to soldiers who are assigned to a commissioned officer as personal servants.
7. His online screen name is JohnDoe297.
6. There’s a Batman College Course.
Brb changing schools now.
5. He once took on Superman and the US army at the same time.
This happened in The Dark Knight Returns. As I said in the Superman take, this isn't canon but it's a pretty good story. It's set 10 years after Robin's (Jason Todd's) death. A lot of fans don't consider this a victory for Batman since he had help from Robin (Carrie Kelly) and Green Arrow, but Superman had more help than him. He had the entire US army backing him up.
This was a weakened Superman since the sun hadn't come up for days (bad weather conditions, long story). He was still strong enough to pick up and throw tanks, but so was Batman because of a powerful suit he created. He lasted 40 minutes without Kryptonite and only used it as a last resort.
There's also a two-part animated movie adaptation that I'd recommend watching for people who haven't seen it yet. They did leave out a few good dialogues from the comics but the soundtrack and the animation make it worth it. I expected Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice to be based off of it too but it was very different (and a huge disappointment).
4. He could have been a Yellow Lantern.
The Yellow Lanterns of the Sinestro Corps are powered by fear, so when a ring attempted to choose the best person on Earth when it comes to instilling fear, it chose Batman. Yup, criminals are that scared of Batman.
3. He's got a bunch of mechanical armors.
And the one mentioned above is not his most powerful armor. His most powerful is the Hellbat armor(although that was built for him by Superman and the rest of the League).
You can ignore the part saying "IRON MAN, WHO?" though. Iron Man has suits that are more powerful than even the Hellbat. After all, Bruce isn't much of an engineer. He's a detective.
2. He's got contingency plans for the entire Justice League.
This is an obvious one for comic book fans. Batman is a man with trust issues and has contingency plans for anyone he considers a potential threat, including his friends. There's a comic called JLA: Tower of Babel in which Rha's Al Ghul gets his hands on the plans and uses them to defeat the League.
There's an animated movie called Justice League: Doom that's loosely adapted from it. It doesn't have the same plot but it's based on the same idea. This is another movie I'd suggest watching.
1. He (along with supporting characters) was partially inspired from Sherlock Holmes.
So we have one of the best detectives in the world who takes help from a retired army doctor. He's not liked by any of the cops except one. There's a femme fatale that started out as a villain but progressed to be an anti-hero, and an arch-nemesis who wants to watch him burn. Seem familiar? Other inspirations for the character include Zorro, Shadow, and Dracula.
Bonus fact: They even had a crossover.
I'm writing my next two ones about Spider-Man and Wolverine.