There’s this old adage of “who’s the better man?” or “may the best man win.” We’ve all heard it before, and sure enough it’s an appropriate phrase since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is looming over the horizon.
The rivalry between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel has been shown many times before; it will always be an ongoing debate. With that said, how can we define better? It’s a subjective word, but we’re talking about superheroes, characters that were created to be a form of entertainment and symbolism. Superheroes don’t just protect, they inspire and teach as well. Let’s all take a deep look at the very core of Batman and Superman.
Heroes: Are they Born or Made?
A battle for the ages: Superman vs Batman
“It’s not an S. On my world, it means hope.” - Clark Kent
After witnessing the death of his parents, Bruce Wayne vows to uphold justice through vengeance, thus he transforms himself through a personification of his own fear - the Batman. The Dark Knight is driven by pain, anger, fear, and sadness; elements that are part of every human. The caped crusader has experienced loss and loneliness - something we’re all very familiar with.
Next we have the Man of Steel. Big blue. Superman. Clark Kent, as we all know, is the sole survivor of an alien race that was wiped out from the face of the universe. Originally named Kal-El, Clark was adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent after they discover his crashed spaceship. As Superman, Clark is a powerful being that is nearly indestructible. Being the only survivor of his kind puts him in a depressing spot. With all that power, he was considered an outsider. A nomad with no home to return to.
The Man of Steel with a heart of gold - Superman.
Justice is Served
“It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me” - Bruce Wayne
Gotham’s Dark Knight relies on a more straightforward, and sometimes harsh, way of upholding justice. Batman doesn’t hold back when it comes to making a mission a success, a good example of this can be seen in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. In this animated film, Batman was willing to sacrifice his life and the life of his colleagues to defeat the enemy. He even gained Darkseid’s respect when Darkseid stated “you’re willing to destroy an entire planet for the sake of a mission.” - a clear example of Batman’s relentless tactic for success.
I am vengeance. I am the night. I AM BATMAN!
Superman, on the other hand, has a stronger sense of morale. Upon his creation during the golden age of comics, he was made to be aggressive, but this came to an end when he vowed not to kill. The Man of Steel believes that using his powers responsibly is the way to go, but there were exceptions, such as his battle with General Zod who made him choose between ending him or letting an innocent family burn - it clearly traumatized Superman. His sense of morale might stem from his midwestern upbringing by the Kents. As we can see in most Superman films, Jonathan Kent always told Clark that his powers should be used in the right way - never bring harm to those who are weaker than him.
A Hero for a Reason
“Why do we fall Sir? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” - Alfred Pennyworth
Batman fights with pain as his drive and fear as his ally. His feeling of loss is what makes him strong, every man has felt the same way, but how he handles it is what makes him unique. Batman has a ton of resources, he’s got money and the greatest mind in DC, but at the end of the day he is just human. A cunning detective and a superior warrior that he earned through arduous efforts, Batman shows not just discipline, but also the drive to achieve his goals despite his shortcomings.
“As a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting” - Bruce Wayne
Superman on the other hand views things in a lighter way, his sense of justice is far cleaner than the broody Batman. Kal-El believes in inspiring others through his god-like abilities. He doesn’t dwell on the loss of his entire planet and race, but he soldiers on to protect the world that he is living in at present.
Be all, End all
“You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards.” - Jor-El
After analyzing these two heroes we’ve come to the conclusion that they are as similar as they are different. Both have endured and still try to overcome the roadblocks that they continue to face. Batman protects because he has felt pain and he doesn’t want others to feel the same suffering he felt. Superman does the same because he wants to protect a planet that has nursed him throughout his life and because he feels a great need to use his powers responsibly.
Things are about to get ugly when these two face off, but it’ll also be magical when they team up.
At the end of the day, we can all be our own superhero. We may have different purposes and methods, but if the idea of a peaceful and just society is your vision of a true world, you’re a hero nonetheless. Why not start with the little things, such as voting smart, making contributions to society by knowing your role, and even simple ones like letting the old lady standing in the bus have your seat.
You don’t need high-tech gadgets or super strength to be a hero. You just need a will to make a change, that’s how Batman and Superman started. The question now is - how can you be a hero in your own way?
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