The Top Five Greatest Batman/Superman Fights

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The Top Five Greatest Batman/Superman Fights

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 In March of 2016, Warner Bros will be releasing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ahead of the release of the film pitting the Dark Knight against the Man of Steel, we decided to spotlight the five greatest comic book fights between the two superheroes.  

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5. Batman (Vol.2) #36 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Danny Miki

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 During the “Endgame” storyline, the Joker has used his Joker toxin to turn Batman's Justice League teammates into crazed versions of themselves, complete with sickening Joker-like grins. Batman uses a special armor to defeat all of them, but he finds himself in a difficult situation with Superman – Batman's armor had prepared itself well against Superman (including gauntlets with microscopic red suns in them) but not for an insane Superman, so Superman's reckless disregard for everyone around him ultimately leads him to getting the jump on Batman. He destroys the armor as he pulls Batman into outer space. Luckily, Batman kept a rubber pellet laced with Kryptonite dust in his helmet – he chews it up (“Kryptonite gum,” as Alfred calls it) and spits it on Superman's face, winning the battle.  

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4. Superman: Red Son #2 by Mark Millar, Kilian Plunkett and Walden Wong

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 Superman: Red Son was the story of what would have happened had baby Kal-El landed in the Soviet Union during Joseph Stalin's reign instead of Kansas. Superman grows up to become the leader of the Soviet Union. He begins a friendship with Wonder Woman. Superman slowly turns into a tyrannical leader. Eventually, Superman's closest friend, the head of the KGB, along with Lex Luthor, the United States' answer to Superman, train a young boy whose parents were killed for printing Anti-Superman literature. This young man, Batman, captures Wonder Woman to lure Superman into a trap. When Superman arrives, Batman floods the area with red sun lamps, eliminating Superman's powers. Batman plans to leave him trapped in an underground cell irradiated by red suns, but Wonder Woman breaks free and destroys the lamps. Batman kills himself rather than let Superman capture him. 

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3. Batman #613 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams

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 During the “Hush” storyline, Poison Ivy has taken control of Superman's mind, but unlike the insane Superman of “Endgame,” this Superman is fighting Ivy's control, so that gives Batman an advantage, which he presses, using the Kryptonite ring that Superman had entrusted him with for just such an occasion. As Batman thinks, while he decks Superman, “Even more than Kryptonite, he's got one big weakness. Deep down, Clark's essentially a good person...and deep down, I'm not." Eventually, he keeps Superman off balance long enough for Catwoman to bring Lois Lane into the mix, helping to break Superman free of Poison Ivy's mind control (of course, I don't think Batman would have approved of Catwoman's method of bringing Lois into things, by throwing her off of a building, hoping it would force Superman to break free to save her).  

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2. "The Trust" by Alex Ross and Chip Kidd

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 In a special story included in Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross, Ross and Kidd tell a compelling story of Batman being forced to do something he has always refused to do since he saw his parents murdered in front of him – use a gun. Superman trusted him with Kryptonite to use if Superman ever went nuts and that trust overrides his distaste for guns, leading him to shoot a Kryptonite dart to take down Superman when the Man of Steel goes on a mysterious rampage. Ross' stunning life-like painted artwork makes the fight really stand out.

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1. Batman: The Dark Knight Falls by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson

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 The Superman/Batman fight that all Superman/Batman fights will be measured against for all time, the fight between the former friends draws Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight series (now most commonly known by the subtitle of the first book in the series, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) to a close. In the future, an older Batman is now a wanted man after he seemingly murdered the Joker, so Superman is tasked with taking him down. He doesn't know that Batman has spent weeks preparing for this final battle. First, Batman hits him with thousands of volts of electricity. Then he hits him with ultra-sonic soundwaves. This allows Batman to knock Superman to the ground with a punch. As Superman recovers, Batman delivers his coup de grace – it turns out that Batman has developed artificial Kryponite! Green Arrow shows up and shoots Superman with a Kryponite arrow. Batman tells the powerless Superman, “I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you." But then Batman has a fatal heart attack and dies. At his funeral, Superman attends and hears a heartbeat. He realizes that Batman has faked his own death to escape government attention. Superman decides to give him this victory and lets Batman continue his work in secrecy.