The man has been on a Marvel streak, going in on Captain America, X-Men, Dead Pool and the likes. While he was intently consumed by Captain America I said Casually ” This is just power ranger on steroids” I knew i had struck a nerve. ” Superman is in there too Miss. Smart mouth” he retorted. ” Batman over Superman all day everyday” I said and we went in a heated debate about who is better Batman or Superman. All I can say is men who think Superman is better than Batman come from a long genealogy of men who will be denied of their conjugal rights by their wives. 😂😂😂😂😂
So this blog was born. Here we go!
1) Superman is only slightly short of indestructible, while Batman is more than likely to be shot dead, and with surprising ease, if he were to miscalculate even the slightest bit. A big bad bully hitting on a small defenseless kid is hardly news at all, while an intelligent kid outsmarting and eventually beating said bully is the stuff of epic stories. Being that powerful makes Superman something of a mythological god-creature. This is only interesting in a battle of epic proportions against another creature of similar or superior ability. Being that that is terribly rare, even in comic history, most of the time it’s just some undefeatable, indestructible guy flying around punching people and breaking shit until he stumbles into the actual criminal which has little or no way to offer him any resistance.
2) Batman is a lot more relatable as a character. His conflict stems from immense personal tragedy, and having no guidance from his parents or family, he makes himself into a weapon with the sole purpose of fighting evil and taking down injustice. Meanwhile he has to fight his own personal demons. Granted, he is immeasurably rich, but let’s picture a penniless waiter that has to work extra shifts just to get his costume, that wouldn’t really make for a great story. On the other hand, Superman possesses all the knowledge from Krypton, and is raised by an exemplary family, that gives him the background and education to be a great human being. Add to that a wide array of superpowers, the ability to make time go back and immortality… things could literally not be any easier. Batman’s story is, life sucks, you can chose to be an asshole about it, or make the world around you better. Meanwhile Superman’s greatest problem is having to hide the fact he is infinitely superior to everyone else.
3) Batman is a lot smarter and more complex
character. Superman is supposed to possess super-intelligence, but the fact of the matter is that what we see him doing most often is punching or throwing things. I mean, evil masterminds are fucked the second Superman finds them, so all we get is a confused flying man breaking shit until he eventually stumbles into the culprit. Meanwhile, Batman is one of the cleverest detectives, and you see how he brilliantly finds the evil fuckers and takes them down, at a huge personal risk mind you. Well, they both save the day, but you Batman keeps you wondering how he’ll do it, and how the hell he’ll get out of that particularly complex situation, while all you wonder about Superman is if he’ll be punching or melting something with his heat vision.
4) Having Superman in a league of superheroes is just pointless. What exactly is Green Arrow supposed to do with his pieces of wood and string that Superman can’t do, 5000 times over in a millisecond? Meanwhile Batman benefits from a league, and having more “hands on deck” with him as the mastermind and lead detective can have some of the best results ever.
5) Batman would lose in a fight between them. This last point is a bit of a paradox. What makes the Batman ultimately better is that although he is infinitely inferior to Superman he faces the impossible daily and makes a plan for it. Superman getting hurt is a huge deal, while Batman getting hurt is just the typical everyday of the ultimate vigilante. Batman only gets a chance because Superman refuses to kill him, and is doomed because the same handicap hurts him far more. The truth is that whatever plan he makes in an eventual showdown between them the instant it stops working, or he makes the smallest mistake, he’s toast.
Supporting Superman because he’d win is like supporting a nuclear warhead because it would beat your smartphone — of course it would, but which is more interesting? Which would you rather spend time with? Which has options beyond “soar in and just flatten everything instantly”? But to hit the smug Superman even once, that’s Batman’s victory. To show what humanity can achieve with work and dedication. To face the impossible as a challenge and a duty. Superman is just swatting a fly. Batman is reaching out to touch the face of God.
Also, he is the Batman.