World’s Greatest Detective

(This isn’t really a spoiler:) The Dark Knight has a useless, throw-away scene where Batman extracts a brick from a wall with a bullet-hole in it, takes it back to his Bat Lab and does a bunch of ridiculous CSI bullshit where he re-assembles the shattered bullet with computer imagery so he can glean a fingerprint from when the shooter pushed the round into the clip.

This is a stupid waste of time, of course, but then I thought about it and realized that it is one of the few things in any of the Batman movies that establishes Batman as “The World’s Greatest Detective.” ‘Cuz mostly he just punches people.

It got me wondering, though, if Batman had any serious competitors for World’s Greatest Detective nowadays. So I went on Google and came up with a list:

  • Sherlock Holmes (of course, although he might be disqualified by being dead).
  • Batman
  • L from Death Note

Those three win pretty handily in the Google estimation. There are some other contenders for the title:

…and I could go on…

2 thoughts on “World’s Greatest Detective

  1. tinkerer

    Batman is supposed to be a detective? I thought he was just a moody rich guy, who liked to dress up in tights and chase after other people with really bad fashion sense.

    He does have really cool tech toys, tho’…

  2. Darcy

    Apparently. I suppose if you’re going to be in Detective Comics, you have to be at least nominally a detective. How he got to be “world’s greatest detective,” I have no idea…

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