In the 1930s two characters appeared in comic literature that became icons of pop culture. Batman and Superman are the golden boys of DC comics and are considered the most popular of all superheroes. Being around for over seventy years these two have acquired a near endless fan base of all ages. The two kings of comics have often been portrayed as allies, though they have different views on situations. The argument of who is truly the better hero has been around since their creation. To compare these two juggernauts we must look at their defining traits; origin of the hero, their alter egos, and of course their strengths and weaknesses.
First let us look at the man of steel, Superman was born on the planet krypton. Krypton was a planet that was destined for destruction, knowing this Superman’s birth parents sent the infant superman on a space ship bound for earth moments before the planets destruction. Crash landing near Smallville, Kansas, Superman was found by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Jonathan and Martha Kent gave the boy the name Clark Kent and raised him as a normal Earth child. Much of Supermans origin is based around him controlling his godlike powers. Being raised by a farming family shaped Superman with the idea that if he had these powers than it was his responsibility to stop the evil in the world.
The Caped Crusader has a much darker twist on his origin than the Man of Steel. Batman was born in Gotham City, a bleak crime infested city that seems to attract the worst criminals. Bruce was born into a wealthy family and lived a normal life until his parents were murdered in a back alley mugging. Having witnessed the crime this shaped and twisted the young boy with hate and revenge. Having an endless fortune Bruce was able to train and develop skills to rid Gotham City of crime. With help from the family butler, Alfred, Bruce developed the persona of The Batman. Unlike Superman’s idea of responsibility Batman seems more driven by revenge....
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