Both Marvel and DC universes are filled with powerful characters; most of them have superpowers or some superhuman qualities such as enhanced strength, speed, or durability. Batman, however, is an exception because he allegedly doesn’t have superpowers at all, and yet he managed to prevail or simply outsmart characters far more powerful than he is. Galactus, on the other hand, is an embodiment of everything that a “villain” should be. He is beyond powerful and omniscient, with technology capable of draining entire planets of their energy. So, if it ever comes to a fight between Galactus and Batman, who is more powerful, and who would win?
Galactus is more powerful than Batman and would defeat him in a fight without much struggle. It’s not even a debate. Galactus, as a cosmic being, commands the so-called Power Cosmic that allows him to do, well, almost anything. He also boasts terrifying physical attributes like gigantic size, unlimited strength, and godlike durability. Batman is smart, but considering that Galactus has cosmic awareness and knows almost everything, it’s likely that Galactus would see Batman’s plans even before the Dark Knight manages to strike against him.
In the rest of this post, we’re going to analyze the powers, abilities, strength, durability, and speed of both characters so you can see for yourself why this wouldn’t be a thing in the first place. If you’re interested in more, stay with us and keep reading!
Powers and abilities
Batman was born a regular human and stayed one despite his access to technology and various chemicals that could have given him superpowers over the years. This is kind of his trademark and what (for the most part) makes him relatable to the general public.
Still, even the fact that he doesn’t have superpowers doesn’t stop him from having a superhuman feat once in a while. This is mostly due to his powerful suits and his peak human physique. We still can’t give Batman any points in this category because he is a regular human.
On the other hand, Galactus is a cosmic being hailing from the sixth incarnation of the Universe that was transformed in his current form by the Black Winter. He performs a terribly important task for the Universe’s balance: he devours planets (or, lately, knowledge).
Galactus has Power Cosmic at his disposal to devour planets and deal with the consequences of such acts. With Power Cosmic, he is capable of unimaginable feats. He can control and manipulate almost all forms of energy.
He can transmute and manipulate matter and molecules, warp reality, heal, destroy, resurrect, and create almost any desired effect. Galactus is rightfully among the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics due to his offensive and defensive powers that are literally out of this world.
Due to Galactus’ powers commonly being described as nearly infinite and Batman having none, this point goes to Devourer of Worlds.
Points: Galactus (1:0) Batman
Strength and Stamina
Batman has peak human strength bordering and often surpassing the limits of human strength. He can obviously lift far more than your average human can, and he has feats to back up this claim. It’s estimated that, on average, Batman can lift anywhere between 450 and 1000 lbs. He is often seen dealing with heavy objects and throwing people around like they weigh nothing. Due to his rigorous training and discipline, Batman also has levels of stamina that are beyond the reach of regular humans.
Galactus has nearly unlimited strength due to his powers, physiology, and the fact that he can increase his size at will. He is classified as being able to lift well over 100 tons, but he can frequently be seen handling objects far heavier than that. Galactus also has incredible stamina, fighting for who knows how long at his peak without feeling the effects of fatigue. But like with most powerful characters, even Galactus has a weakness.
Galactus suffers from cosmic hunger, and if he is not fed adequately or someone drains those energy reserves, his physical attributes suffer, including strength and stamina. The hungrier Galactus is, the weaker he becomes. He can even reach a point where he can be killed.
Despite Galactus’ quite inconvenient weakness, he is still far stronger and capable of fighting longer than Batman.
Points: Galactus (2:0) Batman
If Batman wasn’t a vigilante, he could certainly be an Olympic runner since his speed surpasses that of humans by a long shot. Batman can reach up to 40 miles per hour while running. He was never a speedster by any means. Still, considering his lack of superpowers, this is impressive. He is even faster in combat, often appearing as a blur to his enemies and matching or surpassing their speeds.
Galactus needs to cross unimaginable distances while searching for planets to consume, which is why he has quite a skill set to make this happen. Galactus can teleport, open portals, and fly. While flying, Galactus easily reaches the speed of light, and it’s really difficult to pinpoint how fast he can really move. I guess it depends on his form. Even though Galactus rarely has to resort to common fistfights, it’s without a doubt that he would be able to teleport behind his enemy’s back without much struggle.
Galactus is way faster than Batman, and due to that, the point goes to him.
Points: Galactus (3:0) Batman
Batman always deals with cosmic strength, superpowered villains, or merely nuts tough to crack such a Joker, and he does it all without the benefit of enhanced durability and healing factor. Yes, Batman has been shown to be able to heal faster than a normal human would, but once again, this is due to his condition, his discipline, practice, and the fact that his metabolism operates at peak human efficiency.
Besides that, Batman can’t hide behind special “healing” powers, and he mostly uses his suits to ward off damage, and the protective abilities of those suits range depending on what model we’re talking about.
Galactus technically cannot be destroyed as he can return to existence sooner or later. He was killed in the comics numerous times but rarely stays dead long. He is often resurrected by other characters or by divine intervention since it’s necessary that he exists. Even if that wasn’t the case, it would be hard to kill Galactus by dealing damage to him, as he is durable and has a healing factor that repairs even the most severe damage possible.
He also has the ability to rearrange his molecules or reshape them, meaning that even losing a limb isn’t defeat for him. However, Galactus’ weakness plays a vital part in his durability once again. It’s possible to drain him, and if he is hungry enough, physically hurt him and “kill” him.
We could award this point to Batman based on the fact that his strategy of defeating Galactus would most likely involve Batman either draining the giant or waiting for his hunger to kick in. However, even the weakened Galactus is infinitely more durable than Batman.
Points: Galactus (4:0) Batman
Batman often finds himself as the winner of unlikely duels primarily because he is a genius. Batman allegedly has an IQ of 192, which makes him the second smartest human on Earth. He often schemes and plans and is known to be the king of prep time in comics in general.
Given enough time, Batman can allegedly defeat anyone. Batman has plenty of feats to showcase his intelligence, such as aviation, business management, chemistry, hacking, and disguise. He is a super genius with an eidetic memory who mostly relies on his own inventions in combat. Batman also excels as a leader and investigator, demonstrating proficiency in a wide range of technologies and weapons. His prep time is legendary, and his contingency plans are even more so.
Galactus has cosmic awareness and is omniscient. Despite having amazing powers, Galactus still relies on his advanced tech to get things done. Galactus is considered among the smartest minds in the known Universe, and his knowledge of technology, natural laws, reality, past, present, and future are unparalleled.
No matter how smart Batman is, Galactus would likely always be several steps ahead of him due to his mind being attuned to the forces of the Universe. This is why this point also goes to the Devourer of Worlds.
Points: Galactus (5:0) Batman
Batman’s first line of defense are his gadgets and his combat skills. Batman is among the finest hand-to-hand combatants in the DC comics. He mastered numerous martial arts. Before he took over the identity of Caped Crusader, Batman spent 12 years wandering the planet looking for the best martial artists to train him. He studied boxing at Roxbury Fielding Academy and received further training from Wildcat in this style.
Additionally, he developed a unique fighting style called “Bam Pow,” specifically designed to fight with the Batman Who Laughs. Batman is also skilled in Dim Mak, an ancient martial art that focuses on striking vital points of the opponent’s body to induce paralysis, intense pain, or even death.
He possesses knowledge of Ninjitsu, Karate, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Tae Kwon Do, showcasing his diverse training. Despite fatigue and blood loss, Batman demonstrated his wrestling abilities by engaging in a match with a bear. He is also skilled in stick fighting and has trained his proteges, the Robins, in using bo-staffs.
Galactus likely received some combat training while still Galan of Taa, but since his transformation, he didn’t have to rely much on his combat skills. He carries incredibly powerful weapons such as Ultimate Nullifier, but he rarely has to resort to physical combat to get things done, which means that he likely isn’t much of a fight.
Batman uses his combat skills constantly, while Galactus in that department is a bit rusty. The point goes to Caped Crusader.
Points: Galactus (5:1) Batman
Batman vs. Galactus: Who is stronger?
As you can see, this fight wouldn’t be much of a fight at all because Galactus is several tiers above Batman in terms of almost everything. Galactus is far stronger than Batman, faster and more durable, and would be able to deal with him efficiently and quickly. Does Batman have a chance of winning? Sure, why not? Through the writer’s intervention, anything is possible, but based on raw stats and their powers alone, it seems highly unlikely.
Who do you think would win this fight? Let us know in the comments!