So this has been done before. In the realm of comic book fandom, we have been kept up night wondering who would win if two heavyweights from comics went toe to toe with each other. For this post, one of the most popular characters from their respective universes have been chosen, Batman and Iron Man. Before we begin, understand that I am actually not a fan of either character. It isn’t as though either of them isn’t awesome because I’m told on a daily basis that they are. They have just never resonated with me. In the case of Iron Man, he is a jackass, and I don’t respect jackasses too much. He is cocky, brash, arrogant, and typically only thinks of himself. As for Batman…I grew tired of him and his origin story. Petty, I know, but that’s the way it is. The question is, what would happen if the two were to battle? A real Batman vs. Iron Man?
It looks like Batman would win in a fight against Iron Man. I suppose the answer lies somewhere around the parameters of the question. If the fight occurred while, let’s say, they were both returning from watching a movie, a date, or any other thing that found them in plain street clothes, then hands down, Batman would win. Tony Stark is just a really smart man. Nothing more. Bruce Wayne, however, is more. He is everything Tony Stark is, plus he is trained in 127 different styles of Martial Arts. 127! Or at least, according to Wikia.com, he is. In other words, Bruce Wayne could kill Tony Stark with the leftover toothpick from his date before Tony even lined up his first punch.
Now that we got this out of the way, it’s time for our analysis of our character. I know our conclusion is a bit shocking, but to see how we got to it, stay with us and check out how Iron Man and Batman stack up against each other.
Powers and abilities
Batman is a brilliant scientist; not only that, he is a powerful detective with extremely pronounced analytical skills. He has no addictions, he is a technology buff, and he is in peak human physical condition. This means that if you stack him against an average human, Batman is basically superhuman.
He is well-versed in over 100 fighting styles and has extremely high moral standards. He can fight without his suit, and before he faces any enemy, he intensely prepares for it by analyzing the enemy. He is also a master of disguise and a master escape artist. Which you need to be to hide your identity when the city is swarming with your enemies.
Iron Man, on the other hand, is nearly invincible, he has countless weapons at his disposal, and his suit has an extremely advanced computer navigation system. He can fly. His suit also provides him with enough protection so he can’t sustain damage when he is in it. He doesn’t have sidekicks to make his job easier.
And when it comes to analyzing his opponents, his suit does it for him. When it comes to advanced equipment, Tony Starks definitely wins, but we’re not analyzing that. We’re focusing on powers and abilities alone, and this is where Batman takes the point due to being in better physical condition and a better fighter between the two.
Points: Batman (1:0) Iron Man
As smart as Tony Stark is, Bruce Wayne is smarter. He is a planner, a strategizer, a thinker, and a mastermind when it comes to his enemies. There is a reason that the Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bane, and Catwoman all belong to him. The best of the best must be paired with the best of the best.
Given enough time to prepare, he could easily beat Iron Man in a one-on-one battle. Batman would analyze Iron Man’s tendencies are, and use them against him. If that didn’t work, fear not. He would resort to Plan B. Batman knows that to defeat Iron Man, all he has to do is target the chest plate that powers the suit.
If that didn’t work (and I’d be stunned if it didn’t), he’d use one of the many gadgets in his belt to ensure that the flight system of Iron Man’s suit was disabled. Without being able to flee to the skies, Iron Man would literally become a sitting duck.
Points: Batman (2:0) Iron Man
Batman’s suit is only bulletproof and nothing more. He was known to sustain significant injuries in the past. He employs far too much help and has to worry about his sidekicks constantly.
Iron Man, on the other hand, is known to be suicidal at times. The death of his parents serves as something that haunts him and does not fuel him. Without the suit, he is practically nothing. His chest plate sustains him, and he would be long gone without it. He needs technology to survive, and he was stupid and cocky enough to reveal his identity. Iron Man is known to be a genius, but he hardly ever displays it. His suit does 99 % of the superhero job for him. As far as weaknesses go. Iron Man’s are far more severe, so this point goes to Batman as well.
Points: Batman (3:0) Iron Man
Batman vs. Iron Man: who wins?
What if the two met on the street, in their armors? You know, they stumbled across each other and said, “Hey, let’s fight and see which one of us is better?” Who would win, then? Who would win in this version of Batman vs. Iron Man?
Well, I would argue that the title in that match would go to Iron Man. His suit is far too powerful, and being able to attack from a distance at speeds that Batman can’t keep up with would make this a very short battle.
What if the two had time to prepare for their battle? What if they knew that the fight was coming and they were able to analyze each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and abilities?
Not only is Batman more battle-tested having to fight the “who’s who” of villains in the DC Universe, but Superman has also gone on record stating that “Batman is the most dangerous man on Earth.” High praise from someone known as the “Man of Steel.”
Not only that, but the most dangerous man on Earth has defeated the Man of Steel on more than one occasion. Batman is far more resourceful when it comes to battles.
He dated Lois Lane to get under Superman’s skin. He used the Kryptonite ring to subdue Superman after Catwoman throws Lois Lane off of a building as a distraction. He found out about Superman’s secret identity. He used Kryptonite bullets. He used an altered form of Kryptonite to make Superman transparent and unable to absorb the Sun. His Bat-Armor is specially designed to withstand Superman.
And on and on. All of these lead up to my point. Everybody has a down day, even Batman. Maybe he is sick with the flu or has contracted a life-threatening disease. All possibilities, I suppose. But that day isn’t today. In this battle of Batman vs. Iron Man, Batman wins…hands down.