Today, we prepared another comparison for you, this time between two superheroes from two different comic book universes. Today’s representative of DC Comics is Batman, Gotham’s Dark Knight, while Marvel’s is Thor, the God of Thunder. Could Batman, a mere mortal, defeat Thor in a fight? Keep reading to find out!
Despite being notoriously known for his preparations and defeating tough opponents, Batman would have a very slim chance of defeating Thor due to his divine powers.
Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics. Timely Comics changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Along with its chief rival, DC Comics, Marvel Comics is the biggest and most important mainstream comic book publisher in the United States. Marvel has, along with DC Comics, contributed to the development of American comics, specializing in the superhero genre. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby are just some of the pivotal writers who’ve helped shape the style and universes of Marvel Comics.
Throughout the years, Marvel has created several pivotal superhero characters and has launched successful franchises such as the Avengers, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, all of which have been adapted into movies, TV shows and video games. Some of the most famous Marvel Comics heroes are Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey; but, the franchise also includes famous supervillains such as Thanos, Apocalypse, Galactus, Loki, Magneto, the Mandarin, Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Venom and others.
DC Comics, for those of you that are not familiar with the story behind the comics, is a major American comic book publisher founded back in 1934. Along with Marcel Comics, it is the most popular comic book publisher in the United States. DC Comics is a major player in the comic book business and is the “home” of many famous comic book characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and many others.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
Batman and his Powers
Batman is probably one of the most famous (if not the most famous) comic book character in history. The stories about Gotham City’s Dark Knight have been popular for decades now and have created a multimedia franchise consisting of movies, TV shows, video games and a lot of other merchandise. But, who is Batman?
Batman is the secret superhero alter ego of Bruce Wayne, a billionaire playboy based in Gotham City. Bruce Wayne is the owner of Wayne Enterprises, a successful company based in Gotham City and is the heir of the Wayne estate. He lives alone in Wayne Manor, on the outskirts of Gotham, with his butler and trusted friend, Alfred Pennyworth.
Wayne’s life has been defined by a tragedy he had witnessed as a child. Namely, one night Bruce went to the movies with his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. His father decided to take a shortcut through an alley after exiting the theatre, but he did not know that an unknown mugger was standing there, waiting for his prey.
The mugger attacked and ultimately killed both Thomas and Martha Wayne, but spared the life of young Bruce, who was left to the care of Alfred Pennyworth. The mystery of his parents’ murder played an important role in Bruce Wayne’s life and was a key fact in his decision to become the vigilante Batman.
Believing that criminals are a “a cowardly and superstitious lot“, Bruce Wayne decided to put on Batman’s cowl, taking inspiration for the name and the design from a childhood experience with bats.
Frank Miller’s important Batman: Year One comic book depicts Batman’s beginnings as a vigilante in Gotham and since that moment, he has become a symbol of Gotham City and a name used with fear among the city’s criminals. While fighting regular villains and members of his Rogue’s Gallery, Batman has also tried to solve the murder of his parents, ultimately finding out that they were killed by a street criminal named Joe Chill.
The Batman mythos has grown with time and with it also Batman, who has evolved from a solitary vigilante to the leader of the Batman family (or Batfamily), which includes several other superheroes like Batgirl, Batwoman, former Robins Nightwing, Red Robin, Spoiler and others. Currently, Batman is aided by his son Damian Wayne (his mother is Talia al-Ghul, Ra’s al-Ghul’s daughter), who is also the fifth and incumbent Robin.
Batman has been present in other media, as well as in the comic books. The first major adaptation was the 1960s camp TV show starring Adam West, after which there have been several animated adaptations. An important event was Tim Burton’s 1989 movie starring Michael Keaton, that launched a film series during the 1990s. In the same period, Paul Dini created Batman: The Animated Series where Batman was voiced by Kevin Conroy; the show gained a cult following and is generally praised as one of the best adaptations of Batman ever. Christopher Nolan revitalised the movies with his Dark Knight trilogy. Batman is currently a part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC’s response to the lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thor and his Powers
Thor Odinson is a fictional superhero appearing in comics published by Marvel. He was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby and was inspired by the Norse god Thore, with whom he shares most of his traits. He made his debut in the comic book Journey into Mystery #83 (1962) and has since become an essential name for Marvel Comics, being the center of several stand-alone series and part of several superhero groups and series. Thor was initially created by Kirby for DC Comics back in the fifties, but the character never achieved any sort of prominence, which is why Kirby co-created another version for Marvel.
Thor is the son of Odin, the mighty All-Father and one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe. He is the Asgardian God of Thunder and is the carrier of the legendary hammer Mjolnir. Being designated as Odin’s “heir”, Thos has tested himself on numerous occasions by fighting strong enemies and doing dangerous tasks, just to prove his worth both to himself and to his father. He had a strong rivalry with his adoptive brother, Loki.
While being an important character in Marvel’s cosmic stories, Thor is also very important for Earth, which he regularly protects. While on Earth, he usually passes himself of as Donald Blake, M.D. Thor has had a relationship with human Jane Foster, who was depicted as Dr. Blake’s nurse in the comics; Jane Foster even became Thor at one point in the series. He is also a member of the Avengers and has saved Earth on numerous occasions.
Thor is certainly one of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe. He has appeared in all forms of derivative material, including TV shows, video games and movies. In the MCU, he is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth.
Batman vs Thor, Who Would Win?
Now that we’ve learned who Batman and Thor are, we can see which one of them is more powerful, i.e., whether Batman has even the slightest chance in a fight against Thor.
Thor is a god, while Batman is just a human. However good Batman might be, Thor still has the advantage in this aspect. Thor has a lot of the same powers his father, Odin, has, but he is still significantly weaker than him. He is superhuman in most aspects (strength, durability, intelligence, longevity, etc.) but is not immortal, as one might think based on his divine attributes and heritage.
He is practically invulnerable, but he does age and, like all the other Asgardian gods, will eventually die; it’ll just take him longer than your average bear to do so. The thing with Thor is that he has access to a variety of unimaginable powers that stem from Asgard, the best-known being the powers of Mjolnir, the Stormbreaker and the Odin Force.
Thor can also use other forms of energy and blend with them, as he did with Power Cosmic. There’s also the forbidden Warrior’s Madness, which can turn Thor into an unstoppable beast, but also destroy his psyche, which is why it was banned by Odin. As for Batman, his powers are very limited when compared to Thor’s. Batman has some enhanced human attributes (strength, stamina, agility), he is extremely intelligent, but despite all of that – he is still human and has all the limitations of a human being.
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.
So, could Batman defeat Thor?
We won’t say it’s impossible, but is highly unlikely. Just by comparing their basic powers, we can see that Thor is more powerful. Even without his additional powers – like Mjolnir and the other things we have mentioned – Thor could easily use his divine strength and defeat Batman in physical combat. Batman has fought physically strong opponents like Bane or Deathstroke, but he has never fought someone who actually had divine powers and was so much stronger than him.
You might compare Thor to Superman, but Batman has fought Superman only after weakening him with Kryptonite, so Superman wasn’t really using his full superhuman powers, as Thor would. If Thor would use his additional powers like Mjolnir or the Power Cosmic, Batman would have even less of a chance for defeating the God of Thunder.
Batman would have to rely on his intelligence and his technology. The first would enable him to prepare well enough with enough time, but in this situation – it seems that preparation would be useless. Namely, even if Batman could anticipate Thor’s arrival and had enough time to prepare, there is nothing in his arsenal that could defeat Thor. There is no gadget Batman has that could seriously harm the God of Thunder.
Sure, he could use some of his vehicles to land a few blows, but Thor would easily recover from such hits and would hardly be seriously injured. The main issue is that Thor – unlike some other strong opponents Batman has fought – doesn’t have any obvious weakness; Thor doesn’t have his own Kryptonite and that is a serious issue for Batman, because there is no visible weakness to destroy.
Sure, the Warrior’s Madness is something that would ultimately weaken Thor enough for Batman to defeat him, but the issue is that Thor would probably destroy Batman in such a state before the Dark Knight could even get a chance for a shot at the Asgardian deity. The only thing he could do is survive long enough for Thor to be completely worn down by the Warrior’s Madness, but even that’s a long shot.
We could compare Thor to Darkseid, since Darkseid could probably defeat Thor, and Batman has defeated Darkseid, but there is a big difference between the two. Namely, Darkseid has a weakness – Radion – which Batman exploited, while Thor – as we’ve said – has no weakness in that sense.
So, what could Batman do? Actually, very little. For the Dark Knight to actually defeat Thor, a lot of things would have to align for him to have a chance. He would have to have enough time to prepare and he would have to catch Thor off-guard. Also, Thor would have to be significantly weaker than usual and would have to be without his hammer or without access to additional powers.
Under such conditions, Batman might have a chance if he managed to utilise his technology and create something that could harm Thor. But all of this is very far-fetched and highly unlikely to happen, so the only thing Batman could do is hope to never cross paths with the God of Thunder.
There you have it, folks – Batman couldn’t defeat Thor in a fight. The God of Thunder is just too strong for the Dark Knight, who would not be able to exploit any of Thor’s weaknesses, simply because he has none in the traditional sense.
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