Batman vs. Captain America: Who Would Win?

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Who would win in a fight between Batman and Captain America? This is a topic that  has been debated by comic book fans for decades, with opinions evenly torn between the two sides. Some suggest that the match would result in a draw, but for Cure For Kryptonite stalemate is not an option. One man must come out on top. The question is, who will it be?

Both of these guys have their own advantages and disadvantages, but before going into detail about the characters, I want to set up the parameters of the fight:

Cap and Batman meet each other on an average city block. They are both aware that they are fighting, so there are no sucker punches right from the start. It is night time and very dark, but neither person is familiar with the city where they are fighting. Cap has his shield and Batman has a fully equip utility belt. No vehicles and no calling for back-up. The first one to incapacitate his opponent wins.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about Captain America. He’s a soldier straight out of World War II and the leader of the Avengers. This dude had some serious street cred. He also has some serious fighting skills. The super soldier serum that he was injected with back in the 40s gives him super-human abilities such as enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and agility.

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Physically speaking, Captain America is Batman’s superior. He’s stronger, faster, and able to fight longer than Batman. He also carries a shield made out of Vibranium (which is a super strong metal capable of absorbing vibrations). In the hands of Captain America, that shield is a deadly weapon. He is able to throw it with pinpoint accuracy including ricochet shots off of walls and other objects. He even used his shield to fight a shark once.

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So far things aren’t looking so good for Bats, he’s up against one tough son of Uncle Sam.

But wait… what’s this?! Batman has fought sharks too!

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Dang, Aquaman is going to be pissed…

Batman’s shark whooping abilities are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his strengths. For starters, he’s a martial arts master and stealth expert. He has mastered just about every martial art there is and he’s able to disappear while in plain sight. Captain America is a great fighter, but he is outmatched against Batman in terms of fighting skill.

Batman also carries an arsenal of weaponry. His utility belt is stocked with batarangs, freeze pellets, smoke bombs, various gasses, a grapnel, and about 100,000 other nifty little gadgets.  (I promise he doesn’t have any anti-patriotism spray, though).

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His suit itself can also be considered a valuable asset because it serves as body armor. The Batsuit helps Batman take a punch, even from someone as strong as Captain America. Plus, his cape allows him to glide.

Now let’s get back to the hypothetical confrontation!

I think that Captain America would make the first move in this fight, maybe a shield throw.  Bats would probably dodge it and Cap would move in to retrieve his shield. That would cause the two men to get closer and fight hand-to-hand. After taking a few blows, Batman would quickly realize that his opponent is stronger and faster than he is and does not tire easily. Cap would use the close encounter to gauge what fighting style Batman was using, he would determine that he’s dealing with a master.

But before Cap could try and use his strength and speed to finish the fight early, Batman would use a smoke bomb to disappear. Once he was lost in the shadows, he would hit Cap with every gadget he’s got: stun grenades, sonic disruptors, freeze pellets, batarangs, nerve gas… Cap would try to use his shield to defend, but it would be useless against a majority of the attacks (especially the gas attacks).

This barrage of weapon-based attacks would not incapacitate Captain America, but it would severely disorient him. From there, Batman would glide back in and resume hand-to-hand combat. Cap would still be a tough fight, but it would be a completely different scenario now that he was disoriented. Strikes would be exchanged by both men. Eventually, Batman would manage to land a few pressure points. This would give him the brief opportunity to hit Cap with a few electro-shock batarangs.

That would be the end of the fight. Captain America would fall to the ground incapacitated, and Batman would walk away with blood in his cowl, a few cracked ribs, and a dislocated shoulder.

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Winner: Batman! But keep in mind, you have to take my verdict with a grain of salt because the above scenario is hypothetical and entirely based on my opinion.

The reason that I think Batman would win comes down to his stealth abilities and weaponry. If this were strictly a hand-to-hand fight with no weapons or armor allowed, it would be a lot more difficult to judge. But the fact that Batman can disappear and hit Cap with a variety of attacks that a shield cannot defend against is a major game changer for me.

Also, Batman has fought and beat genetically modified adversaries in the past. A few examples that come to mind are Bane, Deathstroke, Man-Bat, and Clayface. I’m sure there are others, the point is he’s no stranger to fighting modified super people. In fact, he has held his own against a few super super people like Superman and Darkseid.

So I stand by my decision and give the edge to Batman. Who do you think would win? Let me know in the comments section!

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4 comments

  1. Don’t do this to me! Don’t make me choose between these two! *sigh* Okay here we go. Now if I understand the confrontation right, neither opponent knew they were going to be fighting the other until they came face to face right? In the above situation I have to give the win to Cap. In a situation where neither fighter knew anything about the other, equipment, fighting style, personality, etc, I think Cap’s raw strength and agility would overcome Batman. It would be a long and glorious battle though, make no mistake. Now if they knew in advance that they were going to be fighting each other? Batman wins hand down. He would have researched Cap, determined his fighting style, learned about his super human powers, and found his weaknesses. Give Batman a week of prep time and he can beat almost anyone. Yes, I’m a fan of the Justice league: DOOM animated film. Man it feels nerdy trying to rationalize these fights!

    1. Embrace the nerdy-ness!

      You’re right when you say it would be a long and glorious battle. But in the end, I think Batman would be able to hold his own during hand-to-hand combat long enough to come up with a plan of attack. To me, that would be enough prep time.

      Especially considering he’s got a fully-stocked utility belt and he has dealt with genetically modified foes in the past.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. I’ve seen this debate so many time and i thought i’d leave my opinion this time . Captain america has an advantage when it comes in strength, speed and agility. Batman has an advantage when it comes to a wide array of weaponry. Both are great fighters who have mastered multiple fighting style though one thing separates them, the captain would approach a fight like a soldier while the bat would fight like a ninja. The cap is more of a head on fighter with his shield as his common weapon. Bats is more of a combination of short to long range fighter though he prefers long range when fighting foes who are stronger than him. When it comes to martial arts technique id put them equal. The only way to settle this fight is to imagine them fight, both at their best fighting each other. And i think the bat would always come on top no matter wha, here’s why: i know captain america has an indestructible shield, and his fans would say, he has dodged bullets why cant he dodge batarangs. His shield’s size allows him to cover from his chest down to his waist, if he puts it up to his head he can barely cover is entire upper body leaving a part of his belly and legs wide open. I dont know why caps foes keep on aiming at his shield well in fact they know it can’t be destroyed . Its like his enemies are saying “hey look its captain america and his shield, but wait a huge part of his body is not coverdd by shield, lets aim for it, but wait, screw it, lets just aim for the shield and hopefully it breaks before he can attack us”. Captains opponents keep on doing this stupid form of attack over and over again which batman wont. Batman is like a doctor. He will break down his opponents and attacks at all angles.it’s what he always does specially with opponents stronger than him. HRemember that a bullethas one direction and its going straigth, though its fast, it can be dodged specially if u are captain But batarNg can change in direction depending in how batman throws it .he throws smoke bomba, 2 common batarangs, 3 grenades at ur feet and more explsive batarang either going to ur side or going past u and returns back to strike ur back and more electric batarangs. He also throws ice pellets nd electric pellets or flash bombs or even gadgets that produce sonic waves.put in grappling hooks, ropes and nets. He can do these thing in different sets of combinations evrytime. Now tell me how can captain even block those with a shield that covers a minimal part of the body? Captain maybe strong, but he’s not superhuman at all, if a bomb explodes at him, it will hurt him.all weapons in batmans arsenal willk hurt him or could kill captain if batman wants to. If the fight gets close batman has electric knuckles and therfore equalizing captains strenght advantage. Dont exaggerate captains strenght, he’s no superman at all and batman is not a wimpy kid, hes at the peak of human strenght, the best any human can attain. Captain may have faced lots of enemies and is highly experienced, but this time he is facing a ninja. I dont know if he has faced a ninja before in the comics but even if he did, batman is the best ninja he will face so the captain is really gonna have a hard time though he is a soldier. The shield when thrown is dangerous but batman is so good that he can learn the trajectory of it in the course of the fight. Thats what he does, he breaksdown and studies even during a fight. Even if batman gets hit by it, its not gonna put him down. He may get grazed(which hurts still but wont knock him out. Besides he has armor that will minimize damage. In case he gets hit (if he will be hit) i dont think he will allow it twice. He will find a way to hinder the trajectory of the shiel so it wont return to captain or hit batman he can do it by throwing a batarang or anything and a slight change of the way the shield is flying can change the whole trajectory. Besides, a couple of times the shield didnt return to captain specially when he fought tough opponents. He tend to find a way to go and Get the shield back which batman wont allow it. And how cud captain get it if he’s getting a barrage of attacks from batman. If the fight take place in the night or in some strange building or in a jungle full of trees, the captain wont stand a chance. Batman will use the environment to his advantage. Thats what he does best. If the battlefield is a plain arena, captain has a beter chance but batman will still win . His wide range of weapons is too much for a single shield. Batman doesnt need to destroy it. He only needs to negate it. So sorry captain.

    Another thing, batman also has this booster type of gadget that send people flying like that in ‘under the red hood’ and justice league war. So, once again lesser chance for captain. Maybe not even a chance

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