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Way back when Green Arrow was created, DC was basically looking to create a "second Batman". So they made Oliver Queen a billionaire, gave him a boy sidekick, gave him an Arrow-car, etc, etc.

My question is: Was there ever an "in-universe" acknowledgement by Green Arrow of how much he basically followed the "Batman model" in his crime-fighting career? Pre-crisis, post-crisis, whenever.

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There was an acknowledgement of the situation by Batman, at least. This was quite a bit later than I originally thought, in the 2001 Green Arrow: Quiver series.* When the topics of the erstwhile Arrow-Plane and Arrow-Cave come up in conversation between the two superheroes, Batman says: "Good Lord—did you ever have an original thought back then?" (As you can see, Oliver looks a bit annoyed by the question.)

Batman gets snarky.

The issue may also have been discussed when the characters crossed over for the first time, in the 1940s or 1950s. Unlike the first Batman-Superman crossover in Superman no. 76, early Batman-Green Arrow crossovers were not extensively reprinted.

According to Wikipedia, the similarity between the heroes in Green Arrow's earliest days was practically comical:

He retooled the concept into a superhero archer with obvious Batman influences. These include Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy, his use of an Arrowcar and Arrow-Plane for transportation, his use of an Arrow-Cave as his headquarters, his alter ego as a wealthy playboy, the use of an Arrow-Signal to summon him, as well as a clown-like arch foe named Bull's Eye, similar to Batman's arch-foe, the Joker.

*Thanks to FuzzyBoots for locating this.

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