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. I don’t mean Hero vs Villain or any battle that could occur in any one universe.
No, I mean, what if DC and Marvel or DC and Image collided? What would be the effects?
It wouldn’t take you too long to look this up and see that it has happened numerous times in the past. Go ahead, go to google and type Marvel Vs DC or more specifically pick any hero from either publisher and type vs between them.
It would look something like this.
We at Comicbasics have salivated at the chance to do this for our website. After all, we are as big of fans as anyone out there.
The question that always came up was, “Every battle imaginable has been created by someone else”.
Sure, this may be true (it is true) but, and it is a big BUT, they haven’t been done by us.
With saying that, I am proud to be able to bring you the inaugural Character vs Character battle here on Comicbasics.com. Who do you ask is the first battle?
Batman vs Iron Man.
Batman vs Iron Man
Before we begin, understand that I am actually not a fan of either character. It isn’t as though either of them aren’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 shithead and I don’t respect shithead’s 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?
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 left over toothpick from his date before Tony even lined up his first punch.
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?
Then, who would win in Batman vs Iron Man?
I think the only way to do this properly is to analyze what each hero brings to the table.
- Brilliant Scientist
- No addictions
- Technology buff
- Peak physical condition
- Knows over 100 fighting styles
- Can fight with or without his suit
- Possesses high moral standards
- Doesn’t regard the women he dates as trophies
- Intense preparation
- Master escape artist
- Master of disguise
- Near invincible
- Countless weapons
- Extremely advanced computer navigation system
- Tony is typically unharmed when the suit sustains damage
- No sidekick to worry about
- Suit analyzes and records opponents at every battle and then uses what it has learned to fight them
The Not So Good
- Suit is only bullet proof
- Has been significantly hurt in the past
- Employs far too much help – has to worry about his sidekicks
- Shares the spotlight with his villains – couldn’t maintain popularity without them
- Little to no moral compass
- Drunk, shameless womanizer
- Suicidal at times
- Death of his parents haunts him and not fuels him
- Not kid friendly
- Without the suit, Tony is nothing
- Can only live because of chest plate
- Needs technology to survive
- Stupid and cocky to reveal identity
I actually don’t know why I chose these two to square off. No matter which way you look at it Batman wins. Not only is Batman more battle tested having to fight the “who’s who” of villains in the DC Universe, Superman has 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.
- Dates Lois Lane to get under Superman’s skin
- Uses Kryptonite ring to subdue Superman after Catwoman throws Lois Lane off of a building as a distraction
- Finds out Superman’s secret identity
- Uses Kryptonite bullet
- Used altered form of Kryptonite to make Superman transparent and unable to absorb the Sun
- Created the Bat-Armor to withstand Superman
and on and on
All of these lead up to my point.
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 what 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.
Is there a possibility that Iron Man could win?
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.