Top 10 Superhero Always Fighting Pairs


Batman and Superman have fought so many times over the years, you’d be forgiven for believing them to be enemies rather than friends. The thing is, almost every time, mind control is involved. A prominent example is in the famous Hush storyline by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, in which Poison Ivy uses her pheromones to take control of Superman’s willpower. She sends him after Batman, who pulls out every trick in his arsenal to stop the Man of Steel.

But their most famous fight is by far their most bitter, without any mind-control or personality-altering drugs involved. Frank Miller’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns finds an older Batman waging a more brutal, no-compromise war on crime in Gotham, which attracts the attention of the President. For whatever reason, Superman has become a government lackey in this version of the future, and after a series of escalating events, Washington sends Superman to take Batman down.

The fight goes almost beat-for-beat like the one depicted in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was largely inspired by the graphic novel. Batman wins the fight, but lets Superman live as a warning to leave him and his allies in Gotham alone.

What makes the battles between these two so endlessly compelling is that Batman is a mortal man, while Superman is an indestructible alien. They’ve fought constantly in “Elseworlds” stories like Injustice: Gods Among Us, in which Superman decides to enforce totalitarian rule over Earth, and Batman rallies a resistance movement against him. This darker version of Superman usually manages to come out on top, even though Batman has survived their many encounters.

But in the main DC Universe, Batman’s amazing hand-to-hand skills and unparalleled tactical planning (not to mention his willingness to use Kryptonite-based weapons and any other imaginable advantage) always give him the edge. He tends to win every time they fight.