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The Dark Knight vs. The Man of Steel!

In anticipation of the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, we asked the TFAW employees to share who they thought would take the trophy in a battle royale between these two iconic superheroes. The best submission not only gets to share their thoughts here on our blog, but also wins a great prize pack featuring some super swag from both heroes.  Congratulations Ally Wilson for giving us a great run down on this epic match up of who you think would win and why.

Bats are black, the last son of Krypton is blue, but when placed side by side, how do you chose between the two?

With the opening night of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” so near on the horizon, more and more attention is being given to my two favorite comic heroes. (And rightfully so!) From super strength and speed, to gizmos, gadgets and guile, these two characters rule the DC Universe in both power and popularity.

While both Batman and Superman are amazing characters, I have to admit that I have been addicted to Superman for pretty much as long as I can remember.  One of my most prominent memories as a child is actually when I first saw the Superman movie, where I simultaneously fell promptly in love with the character of Superman, AND wanted to be Superman myself.  After climbing atop my kitchen play set in the basement to see if I too could fly, my dream (and my face) quickly came crashing to the ground.

While I was disappointed that I was not in fact Kryptonian myself, I at least had a brand new universe full of amazing stories and characters to dive into and explore.  It wasn’t long until I started reading older “Worlds Finest” issues pairing the black bat with our man in blue, and was able to truly appreciate both characters as individuals, as well as the wonderful juxtaposition of the complimenting/contrasting nature between the two as a team.

But, if it really came down to it, who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? 

This is an age old question, right up there with “Kirk vs Picard” or “Who shot first?”, that is still as fiercely debated now as it was over 75 years ago, when the beloved Caped Crusader first earned his way onto the pages of his own ongoing comic series, and our hearts.  But, is this even a question worth asking?

I mean, we’re talking about a human man, albeit a highly skilled and heavily accessorized man, against someone with God-like abilities.  Even Batman himself said, “In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all.  Then…he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a God.  And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him.” (Superman/Batman #3/Public Enemies)

Considering my Superman obsession, and the obviously uneven physical aspects of the two characters, I think the winner here is pretty obvious….

BATMAN (Wait, what?)

I know, I know, technically Superman could blast Batman from space before he could even say “Kryptonite”, let alone mount a defense; leaving poor Alfred quite the mess to clean up.  Apart from Batman launching a kryptonite-filled surprise attack, Superman could find a way to dominate in the majority of battle scenarios, so if we were just talking about abilities here, of course Superman would win.  But the question wasn’t, “Who would win in a fight, a Kryptonian or a badass billionaire with awesome gadgets?”

If the question at hand is between Batman and Superman, then their respective powers and skills don’t even really enter the equation. Sure, Superman could destroy Batman without even breaking a sweat (do Kryptonians sweat?), but the real question to ask, is would he? Superman has spent his life using his abilities to help those in need, and knows that having the advantage against someone doesn’t give you the right to take advantage of your gifts against a weaker target just because you can.

Without super powers of his own, Batman has had to learn to be more strategic, and take advantages that are presented to him. In a real fight between the two, Batman wouldn’t have the same qualms about doing whatever it takes to win. He would use all of his strength, intelligence, and any advantage he could get to make sure that he was the one coming out victorious at the end. Batman himself even admitted, “If Clark wanted to, he could use his superspeed and squish me into the cement. But I know how he thinks. Even more than Kryptonite, he’s got one big weakness. Deep down, Clark’s essentially a good person…and deep down, I’m not”. (Batman #612/Hush)

When all is said and done, even with all of the weapons and abilities at their disposal, the real determining factor of the fight would be simple morals and values; giving Batman the only advantage he really needs to win.

While the Big Blue Boy Scout may not be the winner of a no holds barred Batman v Superman beat down, he has most certainly won fan girl status from me for the simple fact that he could rule the world with an iron a steel fist if he was so inclined, and yet he is constantly striving to be more ‘human’ than the levels of humanity most of us mere mortals choose to display.

About The Author:

Ally Wilson is a full-time manager here at TFAW, and a part-time freelance writer with dreams of getting her own nerdy blog up and running.

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