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"How It Should Have Ended" has a shtick about "Because I'm Batman" that turned into a meme by now.

But did HISHE invent it, or does Batman actually say that exact phrase in any canon, comic or film?

I'd prefer the phrase to be stated in correct context (as an explanation/reason for something).

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I believe using the phrase *because* I'm Batman is original to HISHE. There are plenty of instances where Batman has said I'm Batman both in comics and movies. And there was Frank Miller's I'm the goddamned Batman.

Tv Tropes (Danger Will Robinson!) has lots of instances of him saying I'm Batman across variable medium, but it is only in HISHE that he uses the exact phrasing because.

In the HISHE Superman episode, Batman says "cause I'm Batman." This is the introduction of the Super Cafe with Superman and Batman.

Superman: I know. You say that a lot.
Batman: I carry things on my belt. Cause I’m Batman.
Superman: Dude, it's cool.

The first time in HISHE that Batman says "Because I'm Batman" is in his next appearance, in the Spider-Man 3 episode.

Batman: ... Because I'm Batman.
Superman: Dude, it's cool.

  • Again, lacking the because, but it's implied, shortpacked.com/2005/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/… predates HISHE for using "I'm Batman" as an all purpose explanation. – starpilotsix Jul 6 '16 at 15:15
  • @starpilotsix Add it as an answer. Although, that fan comic fails to explain how Superman can talk into a microphone while in space without a helmet. I hope it isn't because he's Superman. – Jack B Nimble Jul 6 '16 at 16:36
  • @JackBNimble he could just hold his breath and then when he needs to speak he has air in his lungs that he can push out so that there is a medium for the sounds to travel through... It's possible, they just probably weren't thinking that. – Durakken Jul 6 '16 at 18:45
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The Popularity of such phrases comes from Frank Miller's terrible rendition of Batman in All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder when he says "I'm the god-damn, Batman!" (said meaning Because I am Batman) But there are a number of times throughout various canons that he says "I'm Batman" in various ways, sometimes with the intention of "Because I'm Batman" jokingly but more often it's expressed by other characters about him than him saying it. It comes from the idea that Batman is always several step ahead and has a gadget for every situation.

I'm not going to try to find an instance of it, but it is somewhere in the comic said at least once, before 2011. Finding it can be understood in thinking how rare it is to see Batman joke in Bronze Age comics and then realizing that of the number times he has joked it has only been said a small fraction of times in those instances and considering there are around 4000 issues that you'd have to look for to find it I'm not going to look ^.^

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    "Yes, but I'm not going to give you any references or actually back this up with anything." Downvoted. – phantom42 Jul 6 '16 at 12:52
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    "I'm the Goddamn Batman" was specifically a response to a question of "who are you", wasn't it? The full quote was ("What, are you dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you THINK I am? I'm the Goddamn Batman!") As such, while it may have influenced the popularity of the "Because I'm Batman", it doesn't really count as an example of it being in different words. Also, the Michael Keaton movie had "I'm Batman!" said dramatically and spawned a lot of imitation in comics, although again, without the "because"... still, it might have influenced the meme. – starpilotsix Jul 6 '16 at 12:53
  • @starpilotsix The context of "I'm the Goddamn Batman" is "Who are you to be giving orders". Or expressed in another way "Why are you giving orders?" "Because I'm Batman" It's the same meaning as what was said. – Durakken Jul 6 '16 at 13:01
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    @phantom42 I know it exists, but I'm not going to look through 4000+ issues for 1 line, where the only way to look for it is to search manually. That would take nearly 2 years to do and so is not ridiculous to not give a reference in this case. – Durakken Jul 6 '16 at 13:01
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    @Durakken Ehh, I suppose it can be taken that way, yeah, but it did seem to be answered specifically as though Robin didn't know who he was at all, ie, Who are you and what gives you the right to order me around," and yeah, I'm Batman functions as an answer to both, but it's a bit more nuanced. – starpilotsix Jul 6 '16 at 13:09

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