Super-hero battles from DC and Marvel between heroes of similar abilities and/or powers can be found among many of our most popular heroes and some not so popular ones. There’s Flash and Quicksilver, Green Arrow and Hawkeye, Superman and Gladiator, Swamp Thing and Man-Thing, you get the idea.
However, for Batman, there really isn’t anyone who is quite his equal. Until you consider the Black Panther.
When you think about it, there’s a lot of similarities between the two. It’s not the most popular battle out there but it is one of the most evenly matched. Though the Black Panther has a mysticism background, it’s not like he’s Doctor Strange. The mysticism aspect basically enhances his innate physical abilities and skills plus it gives him the knowledge of all the other Black Panthers before him. Batman, in contrast, is all about science and the standard by which all ordinary human superheroes are measured.
Here’s how Thomas A. Rice sizes up this head-to-head battle. You can read his full battle here.
“You have to have the Will, the determination to fight injustices. Batman is the epitome of Peak Human. He's a Master of 127 Martial Arts styles, in peak physical condition- He's has worked his body to the point of perfection and his mind as well. Batman is a Detective on par with Sherlock Holmes. He does his homework before going out to defeat seemingly Superior villains.”
“Black Panther is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, politician, inventor, and scientist. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University. Considered one of the eight smartest people on the planet. He is a genius in physics and advanced technology, and is a brilliant inventor. He also has been granted the strength and knowledge of every past Black Panther.”
Comic Book Movie has the tale of the tape here. Read up on it before you make your choice.
So who will win?
GL Josh gives us his take on the ensuing battle in YouTube using the following criteria: Intelligence, Fighting Ability, Strength, Speed, Durability, Invulnerability, Energy Projection, Versatility, and X-Factor. With these in mind, he chooses one as the winner by a very slim margin.
I won’t spoil the video for you and let you decide whether you agree with him or not.
Personally, with that criteria, I believe Batman wins over Black Panther. Black Panther may have the extra abilities and knowledge derived from mysticism, but Batman has faced just about every kind of villain with superior abilities before and came out on top mostly because of his superior tactical abilities and advanced planning abilities.
What do you think? How would you score the fight and why do you think Batman or Black Panther should win?
Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xku75PDzg64