Scott 1Malik ScottProfessor WilsonEnglish 11115 October 2018Batman vs Superman Throughout history every society has had their own heroes of myth and legend; from the Greek heroes of Hercules and Achilles, to the Medieval English heroes King Arthur and Lancelot. Heroes are what a society finds important. In today’s society we have two heroes that are legends and that stand above all others—Batman and Superman.The immortal question that fans have asked for decades is who would win a fightBatman or Superman? I will not get into that argument, mainly because everyone knows deep down no matter how huge of a Batman fan they are that if Superman really wantedto beat Batman in a one on one fight, he would win easily. This is one of the many reasons why I believe Batman is better than Superman in the overall aspect of the characters. He is always at a disadvantage when hanging around with the god like heroes he does, yet he never backs down from any challenge. Batman is superior to Superman in some other critical areas when discussing their fictional characterhood, mainly Batman’s better movie portrayals and more entertaining films, Batman’s larger and more grounded rouges gallery, Batman’s lack of powers leading to a greater amountof heroism, and Batman’s refusal to kill in darker stories with more villainous foes.
Scott 2Superman first appeared in literature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938; Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. It didn’t take long for either of them to receive their first live action portrayals with both receiving film in the 1940’s. However, I’ll be focusing on their films starting from the 1970’s to now.Superman’s classic film series starred Christopher Reeves as the big blue Boy Scout, who was undoubtedly the best part of the entire series, even giving sensational performances in the dreadful Superman III and IV. These movies in the classic series were very lighthearted and cemented the image of Superman as a goody two shoes whocould do no wrong in the eyes of America. The first movies had convincing portrayals of Lex Luthor and General Zod as well. The first two films were very well received critically and financially, but the two sequels weren’t as strong as the first. After a financial “failure” in Superman Returns, as an attempted sequel to Superman II which ignored theevents of Superman III and IV, Warner Brothers decided to reboot the film series with therelease of Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavil, in summer 2013. This film abandoned the happy and bright tones of its predecessors choosing to instead follow the formula laid down by The Dark Knight Trilogy, a darker tone laced with despair which doesn’t really fitthe characters make up of always bringing light to even the darkest of situations, which is one reason the film had mixed reviews from critics and audiences.