Batman has always been known as one of the greatest superheroes around. This is a remarkable feat considering Batman doesn't have any superpowers. Besides training his body over the years since his parents' death in multiple fighting styles, Batman is known for more than just a fighter. Batman is the World's Greatest Detective. He is one of the greatest fighters and also has one of the greatest minds.
Batman is able to solve any problem. He can defeat any opponent due to the fact that he does have all the answers. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of both superheroes and supervillains. He has several villains that are of a more psychological threat and Batman has been able to defeat them time and time again.
Batman isn't overconfident but there's no way he doesn't know how skilled he is. That's how he is able to face off against super-powered villains without blinking his eyes. But what if Batman didn't have all the answers? What if he was in the middle of a big case and got things wrong?== TEASER ==
For as great of a mind Batman has, you have to admit it's not necessarily the most stable one around. Batman is obsessed with fighting crime. He goes out in the night dressed as a giant bat. He doesn't have superpowers but sometimes relies on high tech gadgets. He employs children he feels are properly trained to fight along side him. But he is the best there is at what he does. He prides himself on being the best.
No one can always be right or always be able to solve the mystery. If a situation came up and Batman was unable to figure things out, it could have a big affect on him. Everything Batman does relies on his skills. If you take away his ability to solve the problem that comes up in any situation, Batman will be in a weakened state.
An example would be if all of a sudden Superman wasn't able to fly. Most of his fighting style revolves around flight. He zips around and can fly wherever he needs to go. He would still have his other abilities. We've seen him walk around in the recent Grounded storyline (and in television's SMALLVILLE) but losing that ability, or his super strength would take some getting used to. It could mean fatally losing a battle.
Batman isn't full of pride or one to gloat. He simply knows what he can do and does it to his full extent. He jumps into action without needing to think because he already has the answers to any scenario worked out. But has Batman taken into consideration a scenario where he is stumped?
We have seen Batman fail before. Death in the Family is one of the biggest downfalls for Batman. He was unable to prevent Jason Todd from running off in search of him mother. He was unaware until the last moment that it was a trap that would cause Jason's death. That had a big impact on him. Obviously there were things beyond his control. He couldn't keep Jason locked up or prevent him from running off. But if he had been a little quicker, things could have ended differently.
If anything, Batman is quick to adapt to any given situation. Even getting his back injured by Bane or getting killed by Darkseid couldn't put a stop to Batman. If Batman lost his confidence, he would have to compensate for it. It wouldn't be put an end to his career. Finding out that he was wrong would only make him work harder. Batman is one that would learn from his mistakes.
Batman has always been slightly arrogant when dealing with his fellow superheroes. He has every right to be since he's proven how skilled at everything he can be. The idea of Batman losing his confidence would be hard to grasp. We all know Batman is the ultimate hero. But seeing him mess up will be a reminder that he is indeed human. He's more human than most of his colleagues. Being over-confident is Batman's only real weakness. To make him an even better hero, he needs to face this flaw and overcome it. Once Batman realizes it's possible he might not have all the answers or that he could be wrong about something, he will become an even better hero.