DC Comics fans all know how Batman came to be - Bruce Wayne witnesses the death of his parents at the hands of a criminal and grows up to become a vigilante superhero (searching for the killer of his parents or inspired by the murder, depending on which storyline variation you are reading). But there are many schools of thought as to which came first, the vigilante or the super villain. Would Gotham have been safer without Batman? Did Gotham have simple criminals prior to his arrival or did the Super Villains emerge as a response to his crime fighting actions? Was criminal activity in Gotham seen as something of a challenge for the Super Villain to seek out simply because there was someone like Batman fighting crime there?