In DC Comics' strange history, we have the character of Composite Superman:

Composite Superman

Robot Chicken has a sketch where he shows up and there is an argument about his name:

Superman: Dear God, it's half a monster!

Batman: He's…he's some sort of—

Superman: —Composite Superman!

Batman: Composite Batman you bastard!

Superman: Not if I tell people first!

In the comics where he is introduced, why is he called "Composite Superman" and not "Composite Batman" if he's 50% of both?

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    More importantly, how does that half-mask stay on? – Tim Sep 4 '17 at 23:07
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    @Tim It only half stays on. – Thunderforge Sep 4 '17 at 23:45
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    A thought occurs... if left half is peak human, but right half is superhuman, then the first time he does anything he's gonna tear himself apart. – Tim Sep 4 '17 at 23:54
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    @Tim Well, in Robot Chicken, they defeat him when they realize that only half of his body has "Super Balls". Of course, they needed a kryptonite batarang to defeat the other half. – Thunderforge Sep 4 '17 at 23:56
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    @Tim - All of him is superhuman. It's just the costume that's half and half – Valorum Sep 5 '17 at 0:00

It's not entirely clear. Notably, the process by which he gained his powers drove him temporarily insane so his reasoning may be similarly unfathomable.

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World's Finest Comics Vol 1. #142

That being said, we know that he had a deep and abiding hatred of Superman which may account for his decision to name himself thusly.

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    Interesting. He's definitely obsessed with getting back at Superman, so being a "Composite Superman" makes sense. Batman almost seems like an afterthought. – Thunderforge Sep 5 '17 at 4:09
  • @Thunderforge That was my thought. Why even use Batman at all? Why not only be a green Superman and call it a day? This looks like it came after Bizarro's first appearance, which makes it even more confusing. – DCOPTimDowd Sep 5 '17 at 19:14
  • One should note that he has a whole mess of powers (hence, composite), including Superman's. It's make more sense to call himself the Composite Legionnaire - except, of course, that the Legion wasn't commonly known of (in spite of their statuettes and his experiences with them being covered by this museum). Composite Batman would make no real sense, as Batman has no part directly in his origins or powers. Perhaps the better question would be why the heck did he use Batman's costume as part of his (in-universe - out of universe, being in WORLD'S FINEST makes it pretty obvious)? – RDFozz Oct 17 '17 at 17:39

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