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A comic book history of previous Batman/Superman showdowns (13 Photos)
The long-awaited silver screen battle between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel finally comes to theaters this week, and we’re all very excited. Although it’s the first time they’ve come face-to-face in the movies, they’ve been at each other’s throats for decades in comic books. Here are some of the highlights of their previous fights, with a tally to see who’s the current champ.
The Feud Between Batman and Superman (1964)
An attempt at morale-boosting by Superman goes wrong when a bullet that ricocheted off his chest hits Batman. Tensions are increased between the two.
Winner: None. The fight is broken up and the two make up.
The Infinite Evolutions of Batman and Superman (1965)
An “evolutionary ray” created by long-dead scientists from Superman’s home planet malfunctions and Superman is turned into a caveman. Batman is turned into a hyper-evolved human who’s also very arrogant. The two fight before returning to themselves.
Winner: Superman, finally putting the “Brains vs. Brawn” debacle to bed once and for all.
The Galactic Gamblers (1969)
After aliens kidnap Jimmy Olsen and Robin, Superman and Batman are forced into gladiator-style battles on another planet to keep their friends safe. To top it all off, aliens are betting on their fights.
Winner: None, because their hearts weren’t actually into it.
How Do You Kill A Superman (1976)
Superman becomes king of the shrunken city of Kandor, and he gets a little erratic after that. The Kandorians ask Batman to step in when things escalate to kill him. The best part is that an evil alien cat is behind this whole thing. Not even kidding.
Winner: Batman…kind of. While he seems to kill Superman, he actually ends up triggering a sequence of events that save Superman’s life, which might have been his goal all along.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986)
A reborn Batman causes political problems despite keeping Gotham safer than ever before, and the President sends in Superman to take him down. This doesn’t turn out as planned.
Winner: Batman, with the help of Green Arrow, kryptonite and a super-strong mechanic armor suit.
One Night in Gotham City (1986)
The retelling of the first meeting between the two heroes involves Superman being unconvinced that Batman is good. Batman doesn’t make things easier on himself when he tells Superman that he’s wired a bomb to an innocent man that will go off if Superman doesn’t calm down. In reality, it was Batman who was actually wearing the bomb.
The Dark Knight Strikes Again (2002)
In the sequel to
Dark Knight Returns, Superman is coerced (again) by the US Government into attacking Batman. This time, however, Batman has gauntlets of kryptonite ready, and half the Justice League on his side.
Batman: Hush (2003)
While investigating a potential Poison Ivy crime, Batman stands off to a mind-controlled Superman who will do anything for his new lover.
Winner: None. Superman manages to break free of Ivy’s hypnotics when he sees Lois Lane in danger.
Lex Luthor: Man of Steel (2005)
Batman is manipulated by Lex Luthor into believing that Superman is a threat to humanity.
Winner: Superman, by a long shot. He uses his super-breath to disarm Batman of the kryptonite like it’s nothing.
Superman gets mind-controlled again and believes that he’s fighting a bunch of his worst enemies, only to discover that it was Batman the whole time.
Winner: Superman, and it wasn’t even close.
An accident leaves Batman with the powers of Superman, and he gets way too into himself with danger and aggression. The powerless Superman has to take him around, and the Justice League steps in to help.
Winner: Superman, but this wouldn’t have happened if he’d been alone.
Justice League: Origin (2011)
An alien invasion at the start of each hero’s career leads both Batman and Superman to believe each other is working for the invaders. They come to blows for a quick second before heroes and other invaders interrupt them.
Winner: Superman, but the fight didn’t exactly get very far.
Infected with Joker venom, temporarily-insane Superman attacks Batman which leads the Dark Knight to attempt to depower him with red-sun rays. He fails, but eventually escapes Superman after spitting kryptonite-laced polymer into his face.
Winner: Batman, but he’s nice enough to say in the narration that no one is the winner.
That brings us to a grand tally of 5 wins for Batman, 5 wins for Superman and 3 draws. Which basically means that anything can happen on Friday… who are you putting your money on?
Via Hollywood Reporter