The first Superman comic was released in 1939 and the first Batman issue was published in 1940. Since then, these heroes have captured the imagination of comic book fanatics, and have been immortalised by numerous television shows and movies. Comic book adaptations featuring the superheroes as friends and foes have been a way of interlinking their narratives and keeping the fan base hooked. Many years before the new movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens on March 24, mano a mano brawls between the caped crusaders have been explored by cartoon series on television. Here are some of the best fights, as well as a comic one.
Dark Knight versus the Man of Steel Zack Snyder, the director of Dawn of Justice, has said that Frank Miller’s 1986’s comic book, The Dark Knight Returns, is a strong influence on the movie. The graphic novel’s storyline follows the Man of Steel, who is on the government’s side, as he tries to rein in 55-year-old Batman, who has lost all control.
The Brave and the Bold fight scene Red Kryptonite has corrupted Superman’s sense of righteousness, and Batman must fight him to save the day. The Brave and the Bold features Batman’s metal suit, which will also be seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Justice League War fight scene A vulnerable Batman takes on the powerful Superman with all his might. Green Lantern makes a special appearance.
The World’s Finest A series of three episodes from the animated The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Batman and Superman have ideological differences in their very first meeting. Batman also has an affair with Lois Lane, which adds fuel to the fire.
The parody YouTube channel How It Should Have Ended supplies alternate animated endings to popular movies. A recurring gag has Batman and Superman sipping coffee at the end of their encounters.