One thing I noticed from the real-world aftermath of the Batman vs. Superman movie is a bit of a generational divide. In particular, I see a lot of younger (post-Gen-X) Batman fans have a huge problem with Bruce Wayne getting fooled by an Evil Scheme(tm) because "He's supposed to be The World's Greatest Detective".
This is typically said as if its the single most important defining canonical thing about Batman. What I find weird about that, is I don't think I'd ever heard that before. At least not seriously.
Now, I'm Gen-X myself, and Bats wasn't one of my comics, so my chief exposure to him was from watching Superfriends back in the 1970's, along with occasional reruns of the old live-action campy Adam West TV show.* I've seen some of the newer cartoon series, but haven't watched them all every week like I did with Superfriends when I was a kid.
In Superfriends, Batman did often act as an investigator, but he was constantly getting fooled by the bad guys. If he wasn't, shows would have been like 5 minutes long, because the Superfriends always trounced the bad guys in any stand-up fight. Dude tried, but frankly he kinda sucked, even with big computers with impressive blinking lights and pointlessly thrashing tape reels at his disposal. So seeing him getting fooled in BvS by Lex Luthor was not only not a big deal to me, but frankly expected.
He did have mad skills in the older TV series, but that never really held much water with me because "logic" and what happened there are basically in different universes.
So it seems to me a person's perception of the character changes based on what media version of Batman you've grown up with. Which makes me curious about a couple of things:
- What media came up with the exact term "World's Greatest Detective"?
- When did the popular media (eg: non-comics) start taking that so seriously?
* - Yes, I know, my generation sucks.