Batman is famously secretive about his identity, but I remember Coleman Reese from The Dark Knight figured it out.

So who was the first common person to figure out Batman's real identity?

By "common person", I mean people excluding supervillains, known associates of Batman, and other superheroes.

  • First in- or out-of-universe?
    – Laurel
    Apr 28 at 15:26
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    Do women count as well?
    – Adamant
    Apr 28 at 15:46
  • @Laurel,in universe obviously
    – shanu
    Apr 28 at 16:29
  • @Adamant, no they aren't smart enough , just kidding ofc they do count
    – shanu
    Apr 28 at 16:30
  • Probably "common person" would be more clear, then. Or even more clear, "ordinary/normal person."
    – Adamant
    Apr 28 at 16:37

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In the story "When Batman was Robin" (Detective comics 226 12-1955) there was a detective named Harvey Harris, who was kind of a mentor to young Bruce Wayne. Bruce appeared to him wearing a Robin costume and learned the methodology of detecting from him. He deduced Bruce's identity and. later, when Dick Grayson (Robin) came on the scene, Harris knew that young Bruce had grown up to become Batman.

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