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Batman vs. Superman: The winner takes all

Point counter point

By Cantaberry Yonathan, Daniel Fields
On May 3, 2016

Everyone will likely agree that Superman is one of the strongest super heroes to this day. 

He can shoot laser beams from his eyes, he is super strong, he can fly and is usually played by charmingly handsome actors. 

In the movie “Batman v Superman”, some critics may argue that Batman won the fight, because in the movie Batman stopped at the last second before killing Superman. 

I disagree, because the only reason Superman was in a tight spot was because he didn’t want to kill Batman before trying to reason with him first so they could combine forces to stop the villain.

Superman, being the kind and patient hero that he is, tried multiple times to convince Batman to help him save Superman’s mother. In response, Batman shot and immobilized him and weakened him with Kryptonite. 

The traps set by Batman to slow him down wouldn’t even be triggered because Superman would already be in Batman’s face to finish him off, even while wearing his clunky Kryptonite armor.

Another reason why Superman would have won against Batman was that Superman is so insanely strong. In the film, he was able to withstand a nuclear missile, although he was knocked out for a few minutes, and then absorbed the sunlight like a solar panel, before miraculously coming back to join the fight like it was nothing. 

Batman, on the other hand, is a very well-built man with no super powers whatsoever, who was resourceful and rich enough to gather the last few Kryptonite pieces on Earth to end the “threat” of Superman. In this new movie, Superman is the clear hero.


In light of the grittier, darker superhero movies – in contrast to the Batman and Superman of Adam West and Christopher Reeves – which have become the mainstay of comic book action hero films, it makes sense that the latest release would feature two of the most preeminent superheroes in popular culture fighting one another. 

However, a surprising result of the film is that for much of it, audiences accustomed to the classic dichotomy of good vs. evil are forced to pick sides between two somewhat flawed, but well intended protagonists. 

While Superman would at first appear to have the upper hand between the two – he can fly, has super human strength and is immortal (which is by no means an insignificant advantage) – he does have one weakness, Kryptonite. 

Kryptonite neutralizes these powers, the result a level playing field between him and Bruce Wayne, or any other mortal for that matter. 

And on such a playing field the technological genius and training of Batman gives Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck, the upper edge. 

However, and much more intangibly, mortality can also be seen as an advantage. “Batman v Superman” is in many ways an examination of power - an exploration of whether or not power should have limits, a debate centered on Clark Kent, Superman’s alter ego in the film. 

For the Christopher Reeves Superman, perhaps this is a non-issue. But in light of today’s more nuanced and flawed protagonists, there should be limitations. And, in this paradigm mortality provides the all-important check on absolute power, making Batman the safer, and as the movie proves, equally effective super.

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