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Batman v Superman: Who should win?

Batman v Superman: Who should win?

23/03/2016Movies

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Batman and Superman have a lot in common. Both lost their parents at an early age (and in both instances, their death was, at least to the heroes themselves, mysterious). They share a taste for dramatic costumes and justice, and the two have also been outsiders all their lives: Bruce Wayne as the sole heir to his parents’ large fortune, and Clark Kent with his unexplained superpowers and  alien origins. You’d really think the two would want to hang out over a pint.

But the gods of Hollywood have decided otherwise. Instead of creating a Marvel-type, Avengers super crew, DC Comics are pitting their heroes against each other. With Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice coming out in theatres this week, here are the reasons we think one - or the other - might win.

3 Reasons Batman Could Be the Victor

Why so serious, you ask? Well, it all started on a night out with my parents…

Why so serious, you ask? Well, it all started on a night out with my parents…

1. He’s clever and inventive

Let’s face it - Batman has brains. Lots. Not content with just building his own-super suit, he’s also constantly inventing, from awesome-looking rides (Batmobile!) to clever weaponry. Yes, he makes all of our side projects look bad. And let’s not forget that he also designed his high-tech lair himself, and that on top of it all, he’s a skilled businessmen. But will his science and strategy be enough to defeat his opponent?

2. He’s got insider knowledge

Batman was born and bred in Gotham city, and he knows it inside out, from its glamorous but corrupt elite, to its dark criminal underworld. Given that in Dawn Of Justice, Metropolis is right next to Gotham - just across the bay - it’s probably safe to assume that he knows it pretty well too. Superman, on the other hand, is a newcomer from another planet. Will this play out to his disadvantage? Will Batman’s superior knowledge of the battleground prove an asset? We’re sitting in tight for the ride.

Stuff is definitely about to go down when Batman has to signal for Batman

Stuff is definitely about to go down when Batman has to signal for Batman

3. He has no fatal flaw

Batman is a human, self-made superhero. What makes him special are his smarts, his inventions, and let’s be honest, his wealth of resources (think: massive business empire). As such, he has no fatal flaw - no Achilles heel that can be exploited willy-nilly by unscrupulous enemies. Superman, on the other hand, is vulnerable to kryptonite.  The substance entirely neutralises his powers. Kryptonite hasn’t featured in this Superman reboot yet - but will Bruce Wayne use his science smarts to discover its powers?

3 Reasons Superman Should Come Out on Top

Whose chin will win?

Whose chin will win?

1. The Superpowers

This is a biggie. Superman can FLY. He has extraordinary strength, laser eyes, and can breathe underwater and in space. Batman can invent all the add-on weapons he wants, but his adversary has the inbuilt package. Does the Bat even stand a chance?

2. He’s got less ego

We’ve seen so many superheroes flounder thanks to their over-inflated pride (we’re looking right at you, Tony Stark). Clark Kent was raised as a normal child, on a Kansas farm estate by a modest couple. He’s confident, but doesn’t think too much of himself, and has an extraordinary sense of responsibility. Bruce Wayne, on the other hand, was born in wealth. His entourage constantly flatter him and his fortune - could this be enough to make him lose sight of what is important?

Superman’s laser eye surgery was a success

Superman’s laser eye surgery was a success

3. His second secret identity

A subtle one, perhaps, but Clark Kent’s day gig as a journalist at the Daily Planet gives him a perfect opportunity to sneak around and ask questions incognito - a luxury not afforded to the all-recognisable Mr Wayne. In fact, Batman has to expend quite a bit of energy to look the part of a rich and irresponsible playboy. Will Superman’s ability to investigate give him an edge?

Our take on the possible outcomes

Goddamit Batman, it’s MY sequel!

Goddamit Batman, it’s MY sequel!

Winner: Superman

Superman is a likely victor. The superpowers definitely tip the scales in his favour - and let’s not forget that his down-to-earth outlook (excuse the pun) will help him keep a clear head in the midst of a fight.  (And well, he’s the hero of Man of Steel, and this is the Man Of Steel sequel.)

Winner: Batman

The only way Batman can really win this is if he exploits kryptonite. But he may also have a chance with other super-allies on his side. Surprise us, Zack Synder!

OR

They both die

Somehow, we can’t see this happening

Somehow, we can’t see this happening

An edgy proposition, but with DC Comics building up its Extended Universe, we think it unlikely.  

They team up

He’s like a modern day Cilla Black, really

He’s like a modern day Cilla Black, really

Could a film called Batman v Superman end with our two gentlemen on the same side? We suspect so (and here come the sequels), especially with Lex Luthor in the casting list. His scheming could just unite the two heroes against a greater foe.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is released in UK cinemas on Friday 25th March

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