Yours truly, writing for Creative Market:
Sherlock Holmes (a brilliant detective), The Scarlet Pimpernel (a wealthy-man-turned-hero with a secret identity), the Phantom (he swore an oath to fight evildoers after his father was killed), Zorro (a gymnastic swordsman dressed in a dark cape and mask), the Green Hornet (a vigilante who only worked at night, and had a young sidekick) and even the likes of Dracula are characters Batman’s makers embraced, and they all came before DC’s superhero.
If the creators of Batman thought it best to be “original,” they wouldn’t have made him a masterful detective, given him a cape, a mask, a brightly-colored symbol on his chest, a cool car, a bat theme, a sidekick, insane villains, or even the dead parents. Sometimes you have to permanently borrow others’ ideas and add your own to create something truly remarkable.
I need to occasionally remind myself that not everything I make will be original—in fact, most of it won’t be—and that’s okay, because a good remix can be just as relevant. ∞