So is Batman's request to the League reasonable?
Well, no. Undercover missions isn't really up the JLA's alley in the first place, and Earth's Greatest Heroes aren't exactly needed to pull one guy out of some dungeon. Personal favors are all well and good, but what's next? Assembling the team to rescue Jimmy Olsen from drowning in Metropolis Harbor? Your supporting cast, your problem Bats.
Superman is the UN's tool, don't you know that? It's what keeps him from throwing all the nuclear missiles into the sun. That and the fear that if Superman IV's events are reenacted, it will make Nuclear Man and Lennie Luthor come out of the woodwork.
Credit where credit is due department: I do enjoy the middle panel a heck of a lot. Seeing the scene from the Moon graphically demonstrates the great divide between Batman and the other heroes on this issue.
And here is it: The big break-up. You don't touch the cape, Clark!
And now for a full-page recap of the origin that can finally be told! Oh wait, it's the best-known superhero origin of all time you say? Oh well, here it is again. IN APARO-VISION!!!
Remember... how little Brucie lost his flat-legged pa and Robin Hood capped ma.
...how he beat the cemetery grounds repeatedly to harden his fists into weapons of pure vengeance.
...how he learned the meaning of fear from a bat flying through the window (because at heart, he's just a little girl).
...and how he perfected the technique of standing imposingly on both gargoyles AND rooftop corners. SOMEbody has to do it. Is it gonna be YOU, Superman? Gargoyles? Really?
Nah, you can't pull it off.