Batman: DC Comics’ Bat-Family characters ranked from worst to best

Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max
Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max /
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7. Tim Drake (Red Robin)

Tim Drake figured out who Batman was on his own. That’s how smart he was as a kid. Now, he’s surpassed Bruce Wayne in the genius department and possibly as a detective too.

You can see Tim’s intellect on full display no matter what comic book you’re reading. It’s like his brain never stops coming up with ideas.

He is also the most reliable member of the Bat-Family. You can always count on him to be ready, responsible, and to have a plan. The latter is one of the reasons he’s closer to Batman than anyone else on their team. The only reason he’s underrated is because he doesn’t fight quite as well as the others. But as we’ve seen, that doesn’t matter when you can outthink your opponent.

Comic book series to check out: Detective Comics: Batmen Eternal

6. Catwoman

Catwoman has been a part of Batman’s life almost from the very beginning. They’ve played the game of cat and mouse (or cat and bat) for decades. No matter how bad Catwoman was, she was rarely someone who Bruce wanted to arrest. All he wanted to do was love her. It took him decades, but he finally admitted his love for her out loud.

During the Tom King run of Batman, Selina helped Bruce become a better man. Not a just a hero, but a man. She challenged him at every step and reminded him that he can be wrong, he wasn’t alone in his fight, and that it’s okay to be vulnerable around her. Without her, Gotham would still be the City of Bane and Joker would own all of Wayne Enterprises. She can also be attributed to keeping Bruce’s heart soft.

Comic book series to check out: Batman (the entire Tom King run)