We’re back with yet another comparison of DC Comics’s superheroes, this time with Batman and Wonder Woman in the main roles. 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 and that is why we have decided to write this article for you. Enjoy!
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.
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 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.
The birth of Batman
Believing that criminals are “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 evolution of the mythology
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.
Who is Wonder Woman?
Wonder Woman is a fictional superheroine appearing as one of the major characters in the DC Comics fictional universe. She debuted in Sensation Comics #1 in 1942 and was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston and illustrator H.G. Peter, who is usually not credited as her creator. Her real name is Diana, which accounts for her civilian name – Diana Prince.
Wonder Woman was born in the fictional island nation of Themyscira as Princess Diana of Themyscira. Dina is an Amazon warrior and has been trained in the way of the Amazons ever since she was a child. Initially, her origin story included a clay statue made by the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, which was later granted life and several superpowers by the Greek gods (the so-called Old Gods). Newer origin stories retconned this and made Diana the daughter of Zeus and Queen Hippolyta.
Wonder Woman is known as one of DC Comics’ most powerful superheroes ever. She was trained by the Amazons and she also possesses some divine powers, along with specific magical artefacts like the Lasso of Truth. Wonder Woman was granted passage out of Themyscira and into “Man’s World” when she had to accompany U.S. pilot Steve Trevor back to his home. Steve Trevor would later become a crucial part of Wonder Woman’s story.
Deciding to stay in “Man’s World”, Wonder Woman took on the civilian name Diana Prince, while secretly working as a superheroine and a member of the Justice League. During the years, she has managed to “accumulate” a fairly large and colourful gallery of rogues, which includes names such as Ares, Cheetah, Doctor Poison, Circe, Doctor Psycho, and Giganta, along with more recent adversaries such as Veronica Cale and the First Born.
Today, Wonder Woman is one of the most important members of the Justice League but also a standalone heroine, a very important factor history-wise, especially given the fact that she was one of DC Comics’ major character in an area where female, characters weren’t. She has certainly helped shape modern DC Comics.
She has appeared in numerous derivative materials. including movies, TV shows and video games. She was voiced by a plethora of actresses before Patty Jenkins made her Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot starring.
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.
DISCLAIMER: The following list might not be complete, as we haven’t been able to analyze every comic, but it includes a list of confirmed fights that we have managed to find.
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:
|1||JLA: A League of One||2000||Wonder Woman|
|2||Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia||2002||Wonder Woman|
|3||Superman/Batman #15||2005||Wonder Woman|
|4||Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #26||2016||No winner|
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.
Who would win?
Traditionally, before settling the debate, we tend to give you a short overview of the powers these characters have. Since it works, we’re not going to divulge from that plan here.
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.
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