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The Biggest Reasons Batman Hates Superman

Updated January 2, 2020 27.4k votes 5.8k voters 2.9m views19 items

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Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? The answer is obvious: the viewer. Just kidding, it’s Superman. He’s an alien with unlimited powers, after all. But the debate about who would win can wait for another time. Today we’re bringing up the many reasons Batman totally hates Superman. From his Boy Scout naïvete Boy Scout to his unchecked superpowers, there Superman has plenty of qualities that sometimes make Batman’s skin crawl.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice settles the age old question with a definitive answer: Martha Wayne and Martha Kent. They would win in a fight between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. But the examples on this list come not from the cinematic slugfest between DC's heaviest hitters so much as the Silver and Golden ages of comics. They’re just fun to discuss - who doesn’t like talking about Batman being accused of witchcraft? Going into this list, you might expect to find hundreds of examples of Batman and Superman completely hating on each other, but there are fewer than you'd think. It’s kind of cool that despite their differences, these two superheroes get along pretty well.

Still, Batman has plenty of reasons to be annoyed by Superman. Vote up the biggest reasons why you think Batman has a beef with Superman, and if we missed an example, tell us in the comments!


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    The Man of Steel's Unchecked Power

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    One of Batman's biggest concerns about Superman is his seemingly unlimited power. Even if Henry Cavill's Superman isn't the Silver age "anything you can do, I can do better" Superman, he's still basically a god on earth.

    Superman's so powerful he could literally do almost anything. At one point, he decided to hypnotize Batman into being "Nightman," a character who was the same as Batman but slightly different. This made Batman feel inadequate about his sub-standard detecting skills and forced him to jump through a bunch of hoops to get his groove back.

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    Superman Is Accountable to No One

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    Most world leaders, sports heroes, CEOs, and authority figures have someone telling them they can't act like megalomaniacs all the time. Superman, however, does not. Yeah, he's a really nice guy with good intentions, but it's frightening that the only person keeping Superman from declaring himself Earth Leader Supreme (a very real position) is Superman. Unless you count Mister Mxyzptlk.

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    Superman's Always Losing His Mind

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    Since the Man of Steel is so tough physically, his vulnerabilities are mostly mental and emotional. That means he ends up having his mind controlled like some mega-powerful puppet on a fairly regular basis. In Hush, for example, Poison Ivy seduces Supes and uses her plants to basically turn him into the world's most jealous boyfriend, determined to keep the Dark Knight away from his villainous ladyfriend.

    Batman holds his own against Supes using a convenient little chunk of Kryptonite (supplied by Clark Kent in case he should ever lose control), but the hassle has to be obnoxious, especially since Bruce Wayne guards his own mind with the utmost vigilance.
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    Superman Is Okay With Wiping Batman's Memory

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    During the Identity Crisis storyline, Batman catches Zatanna and some other members of the JLA wiping Dr. Light's brain, and when he tries to stop them, his mind is wiped too. If Superman is the boss of the JLA, couldn't he have stopped Zatanna from wiping Bruce's mind? Or at least un-wiped it?
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