Both Batman and Wonder Woman are members of the Justice League and while they have clashed from time to time (most often in alternative universe storylines), they are generally on the same side. Still, it’s interesting to see how they’d fare against each other. So, who would win in a fight between Batman and Wonder Woman?
Wonder Woman is physically stronger and has superpowers that could easily beat anything Batman has to offer. But, Wonder Woman has a weakness and Batman has a contingency plan for each member of the Justice League, so – although Wonder Woman is stronger, Batman could ultimately defeat her.
Speaking of Batman vs. Wonder Woman, there’s still a lot to be said. Throughout the rest of this article, we will look at their powers and abilities in more detail and see how the fight between Batman and Wonder Woman would play out.
Have Batman and Wonder Woman ever fought?
You wouldn’t, perhaps, expect two heroes to be fighting between them, especially in the main continuity, but we have managed to find some stories where the two did fight. Here are the comic books in which Batman and Wonder Woman have fought:
JLA: A League of One (2000)
In this one-shot story, Wonder Woman learns from an oracle that a dragon will come and kill her and her teammates. Wanting to save them, she goes to fight the dragon herself, but she has to keep all of her teammates away. So, Diana decides to defeat them one by one, including Batman. Batman was the only one who saw through Diana’s plan and he wanted to help her, but he was powerless to stop her. Diana fought him briefly and managed to knock him out, continuing on her mission.
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia (2002)
This interesting storyline follows Wonder Woman protecting a criminal from Batman, who is chasing her to bring her to justice. Wonder Woman partakes in an ancient ritual called the Hiketeia, according to which she is honour-bound to eternally protect and care for a person, in this case, the young criminal. She fights Batman on several occasions and beats him, until he finally admits defeat not long before the story’s conclusion.
“Absolute Power, Part 2 of 5: ‘What Price Freedom…'” (2005)
In this alternative reality, the epic fight is shown in Superman/Batman #15. In this reality, Batman and Superman have become tyrants who rule the world together, mercilessly. Some form of resistance pops up now and then, but it’s always crushed in blood. Wonder Woman, one of the resistance leaders, initiates an attack and ends up fighting Batman, eventually killing him with her sword. Of course, this made Superman very angry, but that’s a completely different story.
“See What’s Become of Me” (2016)
Narrated in Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #26, this was certainly an interesting fight between the two. Set in the alternative reality of the Injustice series, this story begins when Batman is about to kill Superman but is stopped by other members of the League, including Wonder Woman and Hal Jordan, this time as Yellow Lantern. Batman briefly fights Wonder Woman and would probably have lost had Jordan not intervened. The Flash later transported Batman to a safe place, thus saving his life.
Here it is in table form:
|JLA: A League of One
|Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
|Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #26
As you can see, Batman and Wonder Woman haven’t fought that much, but Wonder Woman was successful in all their encounters, save for one, but had Hal Jordan and the Flash not intervened, Wonder Woman would probably have won even in that scenario.
Now, let us settle the debate.
Batman Vs. Wonder Woman: Who Wins?
Batman is a regular human, but with exceptional physical abilities. Batman has some enhanced human attributes (strength, stamina, agility), he is extremely intelligent, but his enhancements are the result of diligent training, not any chemical enhancements or superpowers. He is heavily reliant on technology and is a great engineer, inventing and designing a lot of different utilities he uses in fights. This pretty much covers Batman’s basic powers and skills.
Wonder Woman, on the other hand, is a goddess. Well, technically she’s not, but she is a demigoddess and therefore has divine powers, something which Batman doesn’t have. She is a masterful athlete, acrobat, fighter and strategist, trained and experienced in many ancient and modern forms of armed and unarmed combat, including exclusive Amazonian martial arts.
She also has similar superhuman abilities as Superman, another member of the Justice League, although she doesn’t have his special powers (e.g. heat vision, laser breath, etc.). Her actual strength is incalculable, and she also has abilities like nigh-invulnerability, speed, flight, a strong healing factor and semi-immortality.
All of this, on paper at least, makes her equally strong, if not stronger, than Superman. In addition to all of this, she also regularly uses different weapons and/or gadgets to aid her, like the Lasso of Truth, the Bracelets of Submission or her tiara.
She is also great in weapon-based fights, which is why she can often be seen with a sword and a shield.
When observing their powers and abilities on a general level, Batman doesn’t stand a chance. Wonder Women is a goddess with superhuman abilities and Batman doesn’t have powers even near that level. Despite all of his strength and stamina, Wonder Woman would beat him to a pulp, even without any of her weapons.
Batman might be able to prolong the fight using his gadgets and his intelligence – as he is more intelligent than her – but that about covers it. In due time, he would either succumb to fatigue or just run out of ideas, as he is not capable of tiring Wonder Woman so much that she succumbs to her own fatigue.
Yet, Batman has a trick up his sleeve, as he usually does!
We’ve talked a lot about Batman’s preparation and how he can defeat practically anyone with a weakness if he has enough time to prepare. And while that is true, when Wonder Woman is concerned – he doesn’t even need that time, as he is already prepared for a fight against the Amazon Princess.
Namely, Batman has come up with a contingency plan to defeat every member of the Justice League in case they become evil, himself included. Wonder Woman is on that list and Batman already has a plan on how to defeat Diana if necessary.
Using the power of nano bots mixed with VR, Batman would shoot the little robots into Diana’s brain, giving her the impression she is in engaged in combat even though she isn’t, making her brain suffer the stress and feeling that her body is really going through that pain.
This creates the illusion of her fighting an undefeatable foe, which in turn would force Diana to continue fighting. This would completely drain her energy and she would fall into a comatose state. Batman would, thus, effectively be able to defeat her and we know that for sure, because this plan was put into action by Ra’s al-Ghul in one story, after he had stolen it from Batman.
So, there you have it. Generally speaking, Wonder Woman is stronger than Batman and would be able to defeat him, but since Batman has a contingency plan to defeat her, he would be able to come out as the winner if he put his plan into action.