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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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