Created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman is an elder statesman of the DC universe and a staple of the comic book industry. He is the archetype for many other heroes including Nemesis, and Nighthawk. Batman is so popular he is one of the three most recognizable comic book characters alongside Superman and Spider-Man. But fame can bring controversy.
In recent years DC has overly relied on Batman to support their publication. Batman has an overwhelming presence over the DC universe, as he or a member of his Bat-family are present in many of the current comics at DC. The Bat-family is popular among DC fans, but their fame can make it difficult for other characters to have a chance to shine, as comics featuring Batman or a member of the Bat-family always outsell other titles.
There are two schools of thought on Batman within the comic book fan base: the first sees Batman as the most popular character that can do no wrong and single handily holds up the DC universe; the second school views Batman as overpowered and uninteresting, as he solves every problem with his mere presence.
Batman is more divisive than he may appear - at least to those who read DC's comics...