I hate to rile any fanboys up who probably won’t ever read this blog, but do you know what really grinds my gears? The fact that Batman is always kicking Superman’s ass every single time I’ve seen them fight each other.
I don’t get it.
Yeah, Batman is supposed to be so cool because he’s got all his smarts and his riches and all that, but come on already. You can only be so good at everything without it counting as either a superpower or being completely unrealistic. I get that Batman is very smart and should be able to overcome most if not all of the Justice League. Could he realistically beat Superman in a fight? Maybe once or twice. After that Superman would have to press the advantage. He’s as fast as the Flash for Crom’s sake and he has LASERS IN HIS EYES (yes I know it’s “heat vision” yet it looks a lot like lasers). Superman has so many superpowers, but he’s also no dummy. Batman might have a trick like kryptonite, but the thing is Superman beats villains all the time that use that kind of horseshit.
When Batman beats Superman constantly, it ruins the appeal of the character being a normal guy without super powers. If he can beat the most powerful superhero on Earth, then why does he have any challenge with any villain? The idea that Batman is portrayed as being able to beat overcome any obstacle up to and including always being able to beat Superman ruins the character of Batman. It’s one of the reasons that Superman isn’t as strong as a character in the hands of a bad writer when he’s made overly powerful and has no realistic challenges. Because of fanboys, Batman is equally is boring when he’s portrayed as so epically competent that he can overcome any obstacle.
That’s why I loved the scene in Countdown to Final Crisis where Batman finally got what was coming to him. In one of the many worlds the heroes visit in the series, Batman is the lone superhero left after everyone else retired. Jason Todd, the former dead Robin, teams up with this Batman. In his excitement to kick tons of ass again, Batman jumps in to battle and then this happens:
Oh that’s got to hurt. Sure that’s not really Superman (he’s a version of Superman from yet another Earth), and that’s not the real Batman, but it sure it was friggen sweet.