Listening to: I Believe by Christina Perri
Watching: The Fosters
Playing: Fire Emblem Fates (all of them)
Eating: Macaroni n' Cheese
Drinking: lemon tea
Batman v. Superman. There comes a time in every person's life where they have heard the ultimate question: Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman?
Now, for those who were hoping for movie spoilers, I'm sorry to disappoint. This will actually be a real debate between these two superheroes. Since most people know the basics about these two, I will briefly do a sum up of both characters for those who don't. Forgive me if I miss any small details. School, work, and life has been stressful.
Superman, or Kal-El, is the last child of Krypton, an advanced humanoid alien race. After crash landing on Earth soon after its destruction as a baby, he is found by a couple in Kansas and is brought up as Clark Kent. After some confusing adolescent years, he discovers his superpowers and eventually becomes Superman when he moves to Metropolis. His abilities, though it has been debated and rehashed for years, is super strength, near invulnerability, flight, x-ray vision, heat vision, cold breath, super-speed, healing factor, and enhanced hearing. However, he is weak to magic, kryptonite, and loses his abilities under a Red Sun, not to mention, if he takes too much damage with no yellow sun (this is how Doomsday was able to "kill" him).
Meanwhile, Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, was the rich child of Thomas and Martha Wayne, owners of the successful Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his two parents after they leave the theatre, Bruce inherits the company and grows up with dreams of ridding crime in Gotham City and dons the identity as the vigilante Batman. While he has no actual superpowers, he possess an impressive set of abilities such as intellect, detective skills, physical prowess, mental prowess, intimidation, and a master of 127 martial arts. Anything that he may lack in, he makes up for in wealth and gadgetry, having vast scientific intellect and access to advanced technology.
Now the comparison. It's no secret that there are a lot of Batman fans. My roommate is actually one of those fans and, by association, he is starting to grow on me. But I have never forgotten the boy in blue.
I grew up with Superman and Batman simultaneously. I watched Superman the Animated Series and the Justice League on Disney Jedex (Disney XD, now) and tuned into "The Batman" on Saturday morning cartoons, so I'd like to think I'm impartial (especially since I am more of a Marvel lady than a DC gal, since Spiderman is my favorite superhero of all time).
When it comes down to it, Superman is clearly the stronger competitor. His abilities are so OP, he is practically- no! He IS a Mary-Sue- so it should be absolutely no contest. However, strength isn't everything. Batman is so smart that he can actually plan out his moves months in advanced, having a way to take down the ENTIRE Justice League if it ever corrupted (kryptonite included). So really, it is all a matter of who can outlast the other.
Superman vs Batman? It's hard to say. It's kind of hard to compare a guy with limits to a guy who has no limits (except for Kryptonite or a Red Sun, but let's face it, we won't get that situation every time), the Superman Homepage stating with all the fluxes and additions to Superman's powers "Superman is as strong as he needs to be." I think Batman is the superior character in the way he is actually put together, being more relatable as an Anti-Hero whereas Superman is superior in acts of sheer strength and power. Odds are, this debate would go on forever and no one will really be satisfied with the answer (it's not like DC hasn't done this face-off before, you know), and with the writers and revamping of series and changes made to characters, every situation and character arc is different.
If you really want an answer, go check out the latest debate in DC's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."