Zeus is most commonly known from Greek mythology as the primary god living on mount Olympus. The mythology is where DC Comics harnessed their inspiration for the comic book character Zeus. He’s one of the rare characters that fans believe would be strong enough to take on Superman. The question is, who would win if they ever fought, why, and how?
Zeus is an immortal god having unbelievable magical strength, so he would certainly be able to defeat Superman, seeing that one of his weaknesses is magic. Still, Superman at his strongest could destroy anybody, so it’s not a clear-cut battle.
To determine who would win in a fight between Superman and Zeus and why, we’ll look at what powers they have and how they compare before we can make an educated guess into who would win.
Superman and His Powers
Superman is an extraterrestrial being from a planet called Krypton. He first appeared in Action Comics #1 back in 1938 when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the character.
Kal-El, as his Krypton birth name was, had been sent to Earth by his parents as Krypton was destroyed. He was found by a Smallville couple who raised him as Clark Kent.
He has incredible powers that he wouldn’t normally have on his planet, but being in Earth’s atmosphere and near our Sun, a yellow star, gave Kal-El incredible superhuman powers.
Superman is, of course, firstly known for his incredible superhuman strength. He can lift a building in the air and toss it with virtual ease, which is more than superhuman strength.
What is more, being exposed to our Sun only amplifies and somewhat charges his powers. Once when he got “supercharged,” he stated he could easily lift over 100 quintillion tons – with one arm!
He sometimes had difficulty defending himself from magic, though, and he always has that glaring weakness in Kryptonite. Luckily for him, there isn’t much around, but the magic vulnerability might be where Zeus takes the edge.
So, when at his strongest – for instance, when the Highfather blessed him – he’s capable of defeating some of the strongest beings in the universe, like the infamous Darkseid.
Zeus fought a weakened Darkseid and lost, which just goes to show that Superman has his perks in a potential battle, too.
Invulnerability & Stamina
Superman just doesn’t get tired. Even when he endures incredible amounts of damage, he usually gets away unscathed, and he can go on forever.
No physical weapons can damage him, not even with energy beams, explosions, and whatnot. He is virtually invincible but not immortal, as seen on quite a few occasions.
Superman has so many superhuman abilities; it will be easier to put them on one list. We’ve already covered his superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, but there’s more.
First, Superman can fly at lightspeed – even faster, enabling him to turn back time in some versions of the comics and movies. Also, even if he gets hurt with Kryptonite or somehow else, he is capable of incredibly fast healing and recovery.
Kal-El also has numerous ocular powers. Most notably, he has laser vision, shooting concentrated, high-heat energy beams out of his eyes. He also has X-ray and infrared vision with a phenomenal eyesight range, going from microscopic to telescopic scales.
Finally, he has invaluable abilities with his breath. He can blow winds of hurricane strength and freeze anything in his path by blowing in it.
The more charged he gets with the energy of the Sun, the stronger he gets.
Genius-level Intellect & Fighting Skills
Finally, to add to all the immeasurably strength and power he has, Superman also has the brains and the morals to use it in the best, most effective way imaginable. His intellect allows him to be smart in combat and life, as he managed to hide his identity as Clark Kent his entire life on Earth.
Also, he learned many martial arts and fighting skills, making him an even bigger threat if he needs to refrain from his superhuman powers and use only hand-to-hand combat to minimize collateral damage.
So, he’s invulnerable, extremely durable and strong (virtually to unlimited scales), and has many highly powerful superhuman abilities. The only problem is, he has somewhat of weakness to magic and Kryptonite. Also, the further away he is from a yellow star, the weaker his powers get.
Also, he got poisoned several times, meaning he’s not really immune to all substances, diseases, etc. Even though he’s extremely mighty, there’s a window to exploit there.
Zeus and His Powers
Zeus is a character based on the Greek mythology god of the same name. He first appeared in DC Comics in Superman #28 in 1994, created by Jerry Siegel and Ira Yarbrough.
He was not just one of the Olympian gods but the most powerful of his kind, being the head deity and the leader among all twelve gods. Zeus possesses incredibly magical powers and cosmic strength, so he is capable of giving any character trouble in a one-on-one fight, hero or villain.
Being a highly powerful god, Zeus has a plethora of supernatural, godlike abilities, mostly revolving around magic. He knows how to conjure and manipulate energy and matter, transforming himself in size, shapeshifting, cloning himself, and much more.
He lives at Mount Olympus, having the ability to fly just like all the other Olympian gods. But, out of all his abilities stemming from his godly physiology, the best one he has is immortality. Even when beaten and damaged, nothing can kill Zeus.
Superhuman Strength & Speed
Apart from flying and having supernatural abilities, Zeus’ physical traits are also way beyond the human level. He is as strong as Superman (except when Superman is “charged”), and he has godlike speed and agility. That makes him quite a formidable opponent in hand-to-hand combat as well.
Summoning Thunder & Lightning
Finally, Zeus is a god of thunder, meaning he can conjure lightning bolts and thunderstorms with ease. It’s one of the main powers he often uses.
So, we have an immortal deity with vast magical and physical powers and not many glaring weaknesses. Even when he’s beaten, he doesn’t die, but it still doesn’t guarantee he could take on Superman at his strongest. Perhaps he wouldn’t die, but that isn’t the question here. It’s who would win the fight and why.
Superman Vs. Zeus: Who Would Win and Why?
When it’s all said and done, who would win the battle between Superman and Zeus?
Both have immense power and different abilities that could give them the edge, so it’s hard to determine the clear-cut winner. When they are at their normal power levels, Zeus could exploit Superman’s magic vulnerability and incapacitate him, if not kill him. Also, he could take the battle far from our Sun, diminishing Superman’s powers to defeat him.
They have collided once in the Injustice. However, Superman was quite weakened there, so Zeus literally slapped him around.
But, if they are at their maximum power, it’s a no-contest in Superman’s favor. We don’t even know the limits of his powers, but we know his ceiling is higher than Zeus’.
Just look at Superman: The Dark Side #3 – after being blessed by the Highfather, Superman managed to beat and defeat Darkseid, one of the strongest, most dangerous supervillains in DC Comics.
On the other, Zeus fought a weakened Darkseid in Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #37, and although he didn’t get killed, Darkseid still beat him in a fight.
So, my answer is: Zeus would win if they were both on a normal power level – in that regard, Zeus is more powerful, and Superman has more weaknesses to exploit.
But, if we get a stronger version of Superman – let alone him at full power potential – he would certainly win a fight over the Olympian god.