Originally Posted by DavidTyler
Let's all understand something: the reason that superman and Batman got toned down and were deputized was because of the comics code that made all comics companies tone down the vigilantism and aggressiveness. That's when we started getting the silly stories and superman started becoming more of a boy scout.
Um, that's not totally true.
For Batman, at least, DC started making editorial demands for Batman to be made more kid-friendly as early as 1940 - 14 years before the CCA even existed.
Bob Kane himself stated that Robin - and Batman's original costume change - came about due to DC's desire to lighten up Batman.