|Batman (Christian Bale) versus Superman (Brandon Routh) Source|
Batman and Superman seem like an unlikely pairing for a fight. You have a guy powerful enough to survive bullets fighting a guy that throws little bats at people. It seems like an easy win for Superman. But we have to remember Superman isn't invulnerable and Batman is the most resourceful fighter ever.
The Man of Steel sequel Superman vs. Batman means we'll get to see the two fight on screen for the first time. Think it'll be a quick fight? Think again.
Here are 12 ways Batman would easily beat Superman in a fight.
#12. Kryptonite Poisoning
|Batman punching Superman with Kryptonite knuckles|
Let's get the most obvious weakness out of the way early. Superman is weakened by Kryptonite. They're the radioactive remains of Kal-El's home planet Krypton. So, all Batman has to do is get some and throw it at him. He can put it into an arrowhead or make Kryptonite bullets. He could even hide it in a Twinkie and trick Superman into eating it. The list is endless.
Some have said Kryptonite doesn't exist in the Man of Steel universe. But the first movie had a Kryptonite Easter Egg. The Utopia Casino can be seen in Metropolis. In the series Superman Confidential, casino owner Anthony Gallo brings Kryptonite to Metropolis and Lex Luthor discovers it's effects on Superman. So, the stage is set to bring the rocks into the new Man of Steel movies.
Once Batman gets his hand on Kryptonite, he can take Superman down easily.
#11. Take Over Superman's Mind
Superman is vulnerable to mind control, so Batman can take over Big Blue's mind and make him do whatever he wants. Where would Batman get mind control powers from? It's hard to imagine him developing the technology for mind control, but Batman is resourceful and will do whatever it takes to win. So he can make a deal with a super-villain that uses mind control.
Poison Ivy can take control of Superman with her pheromones. Or Batman can trick Superman into wearing one of Mad Hatter mind control devices.
Once Batman takes control of Superman he can make him quack like a duck or something. The fights over and it's an easy win for Batman.
#10. Punch Him Really Hard
Batman can build a suit of armor strong enough to beat him. Superman isn't invulnerable. He can be beaten if he fights someone strong enough. Doomsday practically killed him in the Death of Superman storyline and is the best example of this. Batman can build a suit of armor strong enough to "Pimp Smack" Superman.
He's done it before in the movies. In The Dark Knight Rises he built a knee brace that helped him walk. It's not hard to imagine him making a suit strong enough to make him equal to the Man of Steel in strength. It would be easy for Batman to build. He could do it in a weekend.
#9. Scare the Pants of Superman
Batman was created from fear and it's a powerful ally. The Dark Detective can use some of Scarecrow's fear toxin on Superman and Supes would cave in. Maybe it turns out Superman is afraid of spiders or something.
Whatever Clark fears would be Batman's ticket to an easy win.
#8. Blind Him
While it's far from canon, in the TV show Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman episode "The Eyes Have It," Superman is blinded by lasers in his eyes. So that might work.
Batman could even do a double-cross and trick Superman into using his x-ray vision on a bright light hidden behind lead shielding. "Say Clark, I got some pictures of Lois in here you might want to look at."
Easy as Sunday morning.
#7. Hold Innocent People Hostage
Would he actually kill them? Probably not, but The Big Blue Boy Scout doesn't know that. Point a gun at a baby and Superman throws the fight.
#6. Threaten to Reveal His Secret Identity
The world's greatest detective can easily figure out Clark's secret identity. After that he just has to threaten to reveal his secret or take a fall.
#5. Blow Him Up with Nuclear Weapons
In the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns Superman is weakened by the blast from a nuclear bomb. One reason given for Supes vulnerability to a nuclear weapon is that the massive radiation combined with lack of sunlight from the nuclear winter would make him too weak to overcome the effects of the radiation.
Batman isn't desperate enough to blow up a bomb in Metropolis. But, with careful planning, The Dark Knight could set up a nuclear explosion before the fight that would weaken Superman.
One blast with his Bat-Nuclear-Bomb and The Man of Tomorrow's toast.
Or he can dress up like Jonathon Kent and there's no way Superman would punch him. Especially if Batman starts taking about tornadoes and dogs.
#4. Take Away His Powers
In Superman II, and the comic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, they established there's a chamber in the Fortress of Solitude that takes away his powers.
In Man of Steel they showed that the new fortress can simulate Krypton's atmosphere and energy leaving Superman vulnerable. Batman can trick, blackmail or threaten him into removing his powers.
From there its easy. Batman has way more fight training than Superman. Superman would go down in an equal fight .
#3. Hit Him With a Sonic Attack
Superman's greatest strength could be his weakness. The Last Son of Krypton's super hearing can be used against him. A loud supersonic or infrasonic noise from a sonic cannon would take him down. In The Dark Knight Returns Batman hits him with a blast and causes a nose bleed.
The military and police are working on sonic weapons right now. Batman could easily get one from R&D.
Big Blue's stronger than an average person but a sonic weapon would have him crying like a little girl.
#2. Emotional Blackmail
Batman does whatever he had to do to win, so we can imagine him using Clark's friends and family as emotional blackmail against him. Lois Lane, his foster mother Martha Kent, and friends like Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White are all people Batman can use against him.
The Big Blue Boy Scout will cave in once Batman threatens one of them. Or the Caped Crusader can use interrogation to get Superman's vulnerabilities and deepest secrets. It's hard to imagine Batman water-boarding Superman's mom, but alls fair in love and war.
#1. Electrocute Him
A good electric shock would take Superman down. Now, obviously I'm not talking about a 9-volt battery. I'm talking about the kind of electric charge that would kill 50 elephants. Think of it as a Super-Taser. Batman gets close enough to him and sends an electrical charge that makes The Man of Steel's head ring.
The comics have established that, while he can shrug off a lightning bolt, enough of a charge can hurt him. Besides the famous fight in The Dark Knight Returns, in Superman #126 he's strapped in an electric chair in an attempt to restore his memory.
In the upcoming animated film The Batman/Superman Movie, the Joker uses a high powered joy buzzer to shock Superman. He almost kills him until Harley Quinn stops him.
After that, while Big Blue is lying on the ground twitching, he gives him a wedgie or something. Just to remind him what it means to mess with The Batman.
What do you think? Can Batman beat Superman?
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