Ok so as of lately with Daredevil becoming increasingly popular due to the Netflix series (which is awesome btw), a lot of fanboys are bringing up the age old "oh he's a Batman ripoff" myth. Just how did this myth start? I have absolutely no idea because anyone who's read both character knows they are very different characters. I guess it must come from the rabid Batman fanboy trolls who don't know any better, but let's see how far this goes.
Batman has been inspired by Daredevil much more than Daredevil has been inspired by him. See, Daredevil was revolutionized by Frank Miller in 1979, 7 years before he would eventually write Batman. Yes DC took Batman back to his noir roots with Neil Adams and Denny O'neil but they were both very frustrated with how much DC were holding them back. It wasn't until DC took notice of how DARK Frank Miller's Daredevil was and just how much it was selling that they began to take notice.
So the funny thing is, if it wasn't for Daredevil's iconic Frank Miller run, Batman would not be the same Dark character he is today. DC never would have picked Miller up and we wouldn't have iconic stories like TDKR and Year One which allowed for Batman's dark world to began.
Daredevil was dark WAY before Batman ever was and it was because of Daredevil that Batman ever became dark.
Fanboys need to learn their comic history before making stupid accusations about a character they've never read and barely know.
Another thing, Batman writers legit ripped off a Daredevil story as well. Knightfall 1993, one of Batman's most famous stories was incredibly inspired by Daredevil Born Again 1986. Both stories show a character at his lowest, being tortured by their enemy and rising up through the only thing they know how to do...fight. The only difference...Knightfall was published 7 years after Born Again.
So we not only have Batman becoming Dark as a result of Daredevil but he also takes massive inspiration from one of his stories
I'm starting to wonder just who the "ripoff" is?
But the thing is, I know that they are completely different characters. I know that Matt is much more darker and brutal than Batman, I know that Matt is Matt, even when he has the mask on, I know that it's the exact opposite with Batman who is always Batman even when he puts the mask of Bruce Wane on, I know that Matt is an emotional human being who often gets very close with women and pays the price for it while Bats distances himself as far away from women because he isn't emotional, he is a logical, calculating, computer like human being. Daredevil doesn't take in teenage sidekicks, he's not on a team of Gods, he hasn't mastered 127 different Martial Arts (even though he is a beast), he doesn't sit in a cave planning his tactics and strategies. He's just a guy who's trying to do the right thing and protect his neighborhood. He's always been an underdog while Batman is the exact opposite. Matt is much more of a human being, becomes very close with the women he loves, let's his emotions cloud his judgment often, has a wicked temper. He's probably the archetype of a vigilante (besides the Punisher). He's crossed the line more times than any other hero ever has. He's killed before by accident and has attempted to kill many times. The psychological toll that it would have on a man who isn't a logical, calculating computer like Batman is extremely intense. He's even attempted suicide before.
Daredevil has always stayed true to his crime roots while Batman has went towards a James Bond route in the last 20 years. He went from "the world's greatest detective" to "the world's greatest prep master".
These characters have such little in common, it isn't even funny. I have absolutely no idea where this notion that Matt is a rip-off of Batman came from. I heard one fanboy troll try to convince me that he looks similar because he has horns. Usually they always bring up how they look similar and it somehow comes down to the "horns". Look, Matt has "horns" that protrude out of his forehead while Batman's "horns" align parallel to his ears. If that's the only thing they have in common aesthetic wise then I am dumbfounded. I'm pretty sure Batman doesn't own the rights to "horns" ether. I'm also pretty sure Batman isn't a completely original character ether. Shadow, Zorro, The Phantom and others of the Pulp genre have been around years before Batman. Fanboys need to stop sh*tting on other characters. The only true thing they share in common is that they are dark and are of the Pulp-Noir genre but neither of them started the genre nor are they the first characters to have dark storytelling.