There's something about Batman that just make people love him. Maybe it's because he's just a regular (and incredibly rich) guy that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the DC universe, or maybe it's because he has risen to prominence in recent years thanks to a string of excellent movies. Whatever the reason, people just love watching Batman videos on YouTube.
As part of Geek Week, YouTube compiled a list of the most popular superheroes on the Web site. They looked at the number of views and the hours of video available on each character to determine the top 10. Unsurprisingly, Batman comes in first place with 3 billion views and 71,000 hours of video. Thor comes in second with 2.1 billion views and 66,000 hours of video. Rounding out the top three is Superman with 1.7 billion views and 14,000 hours of video.
The rest of the top 10 starting with fourth place and going in descending order are Iron Man, The Avengers, Wolverine, Spider Man, Captain America, Justice League and Deadpool. Part of me wants to say that The Avengers and the Justice League are a little unfair as they're not just a single superhero, but we'll just have to roll with it.
As for search, Batman takes the top spot in overall searches on YouTube, but they point out that Thor, Iron Man and The Avengers have all risen to the top spot in search at various times since 2008.
So, what's the most popular Batman video on YouTube? The official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises from last year has now received more than 32 million views:
Following up in second place is the Epic Rap Battles of History featuring Batman vs Sherlock Holmes with over 29 million views:
Overall, YouTube says that the top 10 superheroes account for more than 10 billion views and 234,000 videos. That's not half bad for a bunch of characters that were once considered too nerdy for mainstream culture.