It is always interesting to compare two exceptional comic book characters to determine which one of them is stronger. Today, we have decided to write up a comparison between Marvel’s Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth, and DC’s Batman, the famous Dark Knight of Gotham City. Can the most unconventional of all superheroes defeat Gotham’s Caped Crusader? Keep reading our article to find out all the relevant details!
This was a difficult comparison, since Deadpool and Batman have very similar powers and abilities, but we think that Batman would be able to defeat a non-overpowered version of Deadpool, since he has been able to defeat much stronger enemies. An overpowered Deadpool, though, would defeat Batman with ease.
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.
Who is Deadpool?
Deadpool is the alter ego of one Wade Winston Wilson, a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, debuting in The New Mutants #98 (1991). Due to his quirky nature and the general weirdness of his stories, he has become one of the most popular comic book characters today.
Initially, Deadpool was depicted as a supervillain when he made his first appearance in The New Mutants and later in issues of X-Force, but later evolved into his more recognizable antiheroic persona.
Deadpool is actually a disfigured mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess. The character is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” because of his tendency to talk and joke constantly, including breaking the fourth wall for humorous effect and running gags.
Interestingly enough, he was modelled after DC Comics’ supervillain Deathstroke, who completely inspired the Deadpool persona, including his name (real name and alias), his origins and his costume. The main difference is that Deathstroke is a serious supervillain and mercenary, while Deadpool is more on the comical side. His adventures include numerous hilarious storylines, with one even depicting him killing off the whole Marvel Universe, including himself.
He has appeared in several derivative materials, including TV shows, video games and movies, where he was portrayed by Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds played the character in the X-Men film series, appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Deadpool (2016), and its sequel Deadpool 2 (2018).
Who is Batman?
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.
Comparing their powers and abilities
Before we give an answer to the question from the title, we are – as we traditionally do – going to give a brief comparison of the two characters’ powers to see whether an answer can be deduced from observing just that.
The very nature of Deadpool’s character is often a question of debate, but fo the sake of this article – we are going to consider him a mutant. As for his mutant powers, the most important one is definitely his healing factor, which makes him practically immortal, even without Thanos’ immortality curse (see the linked article). This factor gives him complete resistance to foreign chemicals, disease and telepathic immunity, as well as resistance to being posses. He likewise has superhuman strength, durability, and agility and is an excellent marksman, along with being very, very fast. This covers his basic powers and abilities. What about Batman?
Batman is a regular human, but with exceptional physical abilities; as far as a regular human’s powers and abilities go, Batman’s are certainly at their peak. He has some very enhanced 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 weapons and gadgets he uses in fights. This pretty much covers Batman’s basic powers and skills.
So, just by comparing these powers, we can see that Deadpool is “superhuman” compared to Batman, but Batman’s skills don’t seem to be much weaker. How would a fight between these two end, then?
Now that we have all the necessary information, we can give our verdict. In order to completely answer this question, we have to consider two situations – one where Batman is righting a “regular” Deadpool (as if anything about this guy is regular”, and the other where he is fighting an overpowered Deadpool (like the Killology guy). Now, let us see both of these situations.
The first situation is a bit tougher. Namely, while Deadpool does have superhuman (or mutant) abilities and is immortal, these powers still seem to be just enhanced abilities of a regular human (sans the immortality, but that doesn’t really play a big role here, since we’re talking about a fight between the two, not whether Batman could kill Deadpool). Deadpool is strong, he is fast, he is a good fighter and a good marksman, and he is agile. But so is Batman! Everything we’ve said in the previous sentence can be said about Batman, who is a regular human at the height of human conditioning. How much – if anything at all – Deadpool’s powers surpass Batman’s is a question of debate, but we are certain that it is not by much.
In light of these facts, we believe that Batman would be able to defeat Deadpool. Namely, despite being a challenge, Deadpool is not even near the level of some of Batman’s foes (e.g. Darkseid) and Batman is notoriously known for being one of the best tacticians in the comic books. Plus, Batman has fought enemies that are very similar to Deadpool when it comes to their powers and has defeated them, which is why we think that Batman would be able to defeat a regular Deadpool.
As for the other situation, where Batman has to fight against an overpowered Deadpool, for example, the Killology version of the character that killed everyone and everything, we don’t think that the Dark Knight would stand much chance. Namely, the game would be rigged so much in Deadpool’s favour that anything Batman would come up with would be destined to fail and there is really no basis to state that Batman would stand a chance against such a version of the character.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!
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