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Why Batman Will Always Win Against Superman

Published by Robert Tidwell in Offbeat
June 2nd, 2008

I am sick and tired of hearing about who would win. Here is proof that there is no possible way for Superman to ever win.

Is it just me or are all the debates about Superman Vs Batman absolutely stupid? It seems obvious to me that there can only ever be one winner between the two and the examples given always seem so off base and abstract that they make no sense. I think Batman would win, every time, hands down, and here is why.


Every time Batman and Superman have collided in battle against each other, Batman has won. This is a historical fact that should be observed when ever discussing Batman vs Superman.

How Did Batman Win?

It’s simple, really, in Frank Millers The Dark Knight Returns, Bruce Wayne is an old man who decides to once again dawn his old mask. He faces Superman, who is still young and as powerful as ever, and tells Superman that he is a puppet for the government. They get into a fight, later on, and Batman dies of a heart attack. How is that winning, you ask? Because he had beaten Superman pretty badly. Superman might have survived but it was Batman who made him fall to his knees. It was Batman who had his hands around Superman’s neck as he died. Batman enlists the Green Arrow, a special type of Batman costume with extreme padding to soften Superman’s punches, and a high energy, super bad ass tank version of the Bat mobile.

Batman thinks a lot more than Superman, and Superman knows this. He willingly gave Bruce a chunk of Kryptonite, just in case he ever becomes evil. Even Superman knows that Batman would not hesitate to take him out, if he has to.

There have been other battles, but in the end the DKR fight is probably the best example of Bruce’s brains vs Superman’s powers.

Why Did Batman Win?

When writing a story, one has to imagine the most dramatic story possible. The hero or protagonist of a story needs to be up against the world, and win.

Batman is a character who is defined by his sense of right and wrong. This black and white vision of justice is what creates a persona that is cold and impersonal. He has no emotional value in his friends and if one is doing something wrong, he will correct the problem.

Superman is defined by his sense of doing good. He is a boy scout type guy who always wants to do the right thing. This is why Superman is a character who will always do what he is told.

In Batman’s cynical world view, in the narrations of his story, it is easy to see a situation where the boy scout will be mislead and forced to do evil, or would become a corrupt leader.

In Superman’s optimistic world view, and story narrations, one can’t imagine a world where his closest friend would turn on him so completely that Superman needs to eliminate Batman.

In the End

This is where it gets obvious. When Batman fights Superman it is like David vs Goliath. It is biblical and mythological. When Superman fights Batman it is like he is a bully picking on someone who is seen as weaker and less skillful. It’s like Mike Tyson challenging Sylvester Stallone because he thought Rocky was an OK boxer.

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  1. meleelee
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I totally agree.

  2. Ryan
    Posted January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    ok dude…..seriously……this is the most ridiculous thing ive ever seen in my entire life. – “Batman enlists the Green Arrow, a special type of Batman costume with extreme padding to soften Superman’s punches, and a high energy, super bad ass tank version of the Bat mobile.” — of course he does….he has to. if you took superman and batman….with no gimmicks no super tank bat mobiles, no special suits…if you took the two men, with their own physical abilities….superman wins hands down.

  3. matt
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Sure Superman would win against Batman in a fist fight with no gadgets or gimmicks,he has superpowers such as super strength.But lets remember something,Batmans gadgets ARE in part,his super powers.Batman is known for his weapons just as Superman is known for his powers.Superman has superstrength,heat vision,freeze breath,superspeed,etc.Batman has different power suites,explosives,batarangs,electric & explosive batarangs,blades on his gloves,etc.To strip Batman of the ability to use any of the above mentioned items in a fight with Superman would be like Superman not having one of his super powers.Also,lets not forget what perhaps is Batmans greatest “power”,his mind.Just as Superman would use what is perhaps his greatest power,his strength,to come charging at a mere human like Batman,so Batman is allowed to,and would use his mind to do battle with Superman.Batman will always win against Superman because he is always 2 steps ahead of every opponent.I mean,come on,how many battles was Batman able to win for the Justice League because of the abilities that he brings to the table? There were instances where if it wasnt for Batman, even Superman and all of his “super powers” wouldnt have been able to bring salvation to the League or the World.Batman wins because he is just better.Lets all just accept this truth and move on.

  4. Posted March 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I’d agree that Batman really would win against superman, I really would, but for slightly different reasons. Yes, Superman just doesn’t have the heart to take out Batman, whilst Batman will do things for the greater good, e.g take out superman if he needed to. But I think the realy reason is the kryptonite. Batman has superman’s weakness in his hand. Simple as. I think Superman once described Batman as ‘The most dangerous being on earth’, which he probably is.

    Please check out my bat-article http://www.cinemaroll.com/Fantasy/Exploring-the-Ways-That-Christopher-Nolans-The-Dark-Knight-Is-Loyal-to-the-Comic-Book-Franchise-Yet-Still-Realistic.621677

  5. Francisco
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    By the way if Batman is that good and perfect why didn’t he do anything when Superman sent his ass to the ER during Sacrifice??

  6. Posted June 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    way to realize that its all fiction, guy.

  7. Constantine
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Any hardcore comic enthusiast would agree that no matter who you are even superman, you don’t mess with the dark knight. when Batman first meets someone friend or foe he is like a super computer. Analyzing to find out your weakness. A cool story would be if darkseid realized batmans potential and kidnapped him. Dawned him with superpowers, brained washed him and made him his high comanding officer. Who would stop him? NO ONE. He would even find a way to overthrow the everlasting darksied. But the most logical finally would be that Batmans will power overcame darkseids control.

  8. Dennis
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I think it’s been established in the comic book world that with prep time, Batman will beat anyone. And tat counts as the few seconds it takes to take out his Kryptonite brass knuckles. By the way, I think Matt put it best. Batman’s gadgets are as much a part of him as Superman’s superpowers are. Take away one from the other, then you have to strip the other down too.

  9. ndubass
    Posted October 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

    all u guys saying superman will beat batman one-on one, y’all keep forgetting that superman is an alien, and Bats, a human, whupping his ass once or twice is a feat. Bats is smarter, and thinks at leastt 3 steps ahead of any living being in and out of earth. refer to justice league.

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