I'm sure that if I said "Who are you", most of us comic book fans would say "I'm Batman" in that subtlety gravel Michael Keaton voice. If I asked how you avoided being eaten by sharks you'd mention the bat shark repellent you had in your utility belt. And I'm sure you can also hum the theme to the Batman The Animated Series intro. For those of you who do not get the references used here, I bet you still think Batman is cure all end all to any person ever. Fun fact, Batman, like every other comic book character has been beaten before. He may be the best (It's hard to debate. He's ****ing Batman), but he isn't indestructible. Yes, I am aware that it all depends on how much time he has to plan and blah blah blah. But if you give anyone enough time to plan and a billion dollars you can find a way for Batman to win. But Batman winning with amazing plans isn't what makes Batman great to me.
My first introduction to Batman was Adam West running with a giant comical bomb over his head and later returning world leaders from colorful sand back into world leading douche bags. Then, it was the animated series where I watched him take out people day in and day out with nothing but baterangs, kicks, and punches. From then on, whenever I picked up a comic with Batman in it I read it, I was in awe that someone with no powers could be one of the most feared men around. Wolverine was always one of my favorites, but he had a kick ass healing factor and claws. Batman had weapons and the will to never give up. Even when Batman's plans failed, he didn't run or even retreat. He stayed and fought and I always admired that he never gave up. That's why it saddens me when I see the memes of him turning a guy with skill into winner by default.
If Batman was alive (YES, I KNOW! HE ISN'T REAL!), he'd be offended by the thought that he just wins all of his fights just because he is him. Batman is the man because of the hard work he has put into his fighting skills, genius intellect, and patience. Just saying "He wins because he's Batman" is the sports equivalent of saying Michael Jordan is the best just because. There's more to it than that. A perfect example is Batman during the "Court of Owls" and "City of Owls" arcs. Batman was put to the test physically, mentally, and emotionally. After the beating he took, Bats managed to pick himself up and overcome the odds put in front of him because he is just that damn good. Not just because, but due to the years of prep time planning for such a day.
I know this probably sounds like the rambling of a nerd, and guess what, it kind of is. But I like Batman and I even enjoy the memes. But seriously, saying he wins just because takes away from what he really is. A great character. We all like Batman because of everything he is and more importantly, everything he isn't. And who is he? I'll let him tell you.