Originally Posted by ScottishFogg
In the way the stories are told, Batman is our only hope, despite there being all these other heroes. These other heroes are to be seen as deluded or even feared.
Yet, we have actual DC canon that says the opposite.
No, the so-called "actual DC canon" says the same. In the JLA by Grant Morrison for example, Batman is the smartest. He’s taken the League on by himself, and won. Plus, he is the chief strategist and problem solver.
"It's all just psychology and charisma with Batman. Everyone is wary of him because he's hard as nails, smarter than a bag full of whips and he knows all their flaws and weaknesses. There are just some people in the world that you don't f**k with and Batman is one of them." - Grant Morrison.
By the way, revealed in Countdown 40; Earth-31 within the DC Multiverse is officially the home of Batman, Superman and all the characters in All-Star Batman & Robin, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and DK2. It's actual DC canon, too. The events from Batman: Year One are mirrored both in Earth-31 continuity as well as New Earth continuity.