New York Comic Con 2014: Creators, fans decide on Batman versus Superman

  
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiBryan Pace/For New York Daily News ‘Batman’ James Haggerty, 19, from New Jersey (left), battles ‘Superman’ Mike Byrnes, 42, from Bossier, La., at New York Comic Con on Friday.

Who wins: Batman or Superman?

The Daily News took to the floor at New York Comic Con to ask DC creators and fans who would triumph in the ultimate superhero showdown.

The pair are normally allies, but unusual circumstances have seen the heroes go head-to-head on a number of occasions.

One of the most iconic conflicts between the two happened in Frank Miller’s 1986 mini-series “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” when a government-employed Superman battles an aged Caped Crusader on the streets of Gotham.

The heroes also fought in Jeph Joeb’s “Batman: Hush,” which saw a Poison Ivy-controlled Superman attack Batman in Metropolis.

Man of Steel fans suggested that his powers and strength would give him an edge over Batman.Courtesy of DC Comics.
Man of Steel fans suggested that his powers and strength would give him an edge over Batman.
The Caped Crusader takes on the Justice League in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's 'Batman' #35.Courtesy of DC Comics
The Caped Crusader takes on the Justice League in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s ‘Batman’ #35.
Supporters of Gotham's Dark Knight cite his brains and resources as the reasons for his coming out on top.AP
Supporters of Gotham’s Dark Knight cite his brains and resources as the reasons for his coming out on top.
Frank Miller's iconic 'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns' features one of the most famous fights between Superman and Batman.
Frank Miller’s iconic ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’ features one of the most famous fights between Superman and Batman.
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  • A cover of Batman comics. Provided by DC Comics at New York Comic Con.
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  • Arnold Crimp is a minor character who appeared on only one page of issue #2 of Frank Miller's epochal Batman: The Dark Knight Returns limited series (DC Comics: New York City, 1986; page 89 in the hardcover compilation). James Holmes Colorado Century 21 movie theatre massacare.

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The current creative team on DC Comics “Batman” sided with Bruce Wayne’s alter ego to win.

“I think Batman wins because, at the end of the day, he’s human,” said writer Scott Snyder.

“The reason he wins is he’s all about overcoming your fears, overcoming trauma, to show readers how to do the things they think are insurmountable.”

Artist Greg Capullo agreed with his creative partner.

Eddie Rodriguez, from Long Island, thinks Batman would be well-prepared for a conflict with Superman. Bryan Pace/For New York Daily News

Eddie Rodriguez, from Long Island, thinks Batman would be well-prepared for a conflict with Superman.

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Rob Venzon says Superman is 'just a stronger character.' Bryan Pace/For New York Daily News

Rob Venzon says Superman is ‘just a stronger character.’

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Eddie Rodriguez (left) thinks Batman would be well-prepared for a conflict with Superman, but Rob Venzon (right) says Superman is ‘just a stronger character.’

“Batman is so clever, he’s got some very deep pockets, he’s got some trust issues. You would imagine that he’s got a contingency plan should he have a face-to-face with anybody, including Superman,” he said.

“So I’m betting my money on the Bat.”

Coincidentally, the Dark Knight fights Superman and other members of the Justice League in Snyder and Capullo’s “Batman #35,” which hit shelves Wednesday.

Other creators from DC didn’t put their money on either hero to win.

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“It all depends on the scenario; I think the debate will go on forever,” said “Superman” writer Geoff Johns.

“People say Batman’s always prepared, more strategic. But Superman’s incredibly powerful and intelligent; I think we all underestimate how intelligent Superman is. It’s a hell of a fight no matter what; it just depends on the day.”

Dan Didio is co-publisher of DC Comics and has written stories featuring the two.

“We always lean on the fact that Batman’s the most thinking of superheroes,” he said. “But theoretically since Superman has incredible powers … hopefully they’re not arm wrestling!”

Henry Cavill's Superman will meet Batman in 'Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.' Clay Enos Photography/WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT

Henry Cavill’s Superman will meet Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’

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Ben Affleck's first outing as Batman will feature him in conflict with the Man of Steel. CLAY ENOS PHOTOGRAPHY/WARNER BRO

Ben Affleck’s first outing as Batman will feature him in conflict with the Man of Steel.

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Henry Cavill’s Superman (left) will meet Ben Affleck’s Batman (right) in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’

Jim Lee, Didio’s fellow publisher, is the artist who depicted their fight in Loeb’s “Hush” story arc.

“To me it’s like the chicken or egg question. If Batman has enough time to prep, he can take down Superman because he’ll come up with a fool-proof plan,” he said.

“But if he doesn’t have time to prep, then Superman can take him down from a distance. He can just melt him with his eyes!”

Predictably, Batman and Superman cosplayers at New York Comic Con sided with their respective characters.

Man of Steel fans cited his incredible powers, which are the result of his Kryptonian cells absorbing energy from Earth’s yellow sun, as the reason why he’d come out on top.

“Superman has the strength, he has the power and he’s just a stronger character,” said Rob Venzon.

“That’s an obvious answer, it’s Superman. The reason being is that Superman’s faster than a speeding bullet; if Batman tries to do anything, he whoops Batman’s butt. He grabs his arm, throws him on ground, laser beams to the face; he’s done,” said Michael Byrnes.

Caped Crusader followers looked to his brains and preparedness as the reasons for his triumph.

“Batman. He has a safeguard against Superman, just in case he ever went bad,” said Batman cosplayer Eddie Rodriguez, possibly hinting at Batman’s hidden stash of kryptonite.

“Batman beats Superman because he knows all his weaknesses and doesn’t depend on powers,” said James Haggerty.

Fans are eagerly awaiting the first big-screen battle between the titans in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” due for release on March 25, 2016.

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