Spoilers for Supergirl ahead.
Tonight’s episode of Supergirl — ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ — opened up with the ultimate battle between the shows’ two Kryptonians, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).
Just prior to the fight kicking off, Rhea (Teri Hatcher) revealed that she had used silver kryptonite to persuade Superman that his cousin was, in fact, the person he feared most — General Zod.
What followed was an epic battle that saw the two fly around National City, destroying several buildings in the process — Supergirl trying to stop her crazed cousin under sway and Superman trying to stop a person who he thought was his archnemesis.
The fight ended with Supergirl delivering the final blow and finally knocking her cousin out, prior to collapsing from exhaustion.
When the two later woke up at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman revealed that the silver kryptonite doesn’t hinder his strength whatsoever, it simply swayed him. That means Supergirl defeated her cousin in a fight while he was at his full strength.
Throughout the history of DC Comics, Superman has been the ultimate poster boy for all things strong and mighty, but it’s been a long running debate among fans of the cousins.
While Supes has been largely displayed as the closest thing to perfect in DC Comics lore, that began to change when writer Jeph Loeb took over writing the Supergirl comic in the early 2000’s.
Superman has long been known as a character that places restraint upon himself and prior to Flashpoint, Supergirl was a character known for leaving it all on the field. She wouldn’t hold back and knew no restraint.
While the jury still seems to be out on which of the characters is stronger in the comics, one thing is for sure. Supergirl definitely beat Superman in a fight, while he was at full strength, which left the Man of Steel claiming Kara was the “champion of Earth.”
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Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, SUPERGIRL is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Ali Adler (The New Normal), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow) and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura). Supergirl is based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and appearing in DC Comics, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.