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Face-Off: Iron Man vs. Batman

May. 2, 2013by: Paul Huffman
In last weeks Face-Off , we showed Michael Bay some love for making his best critically successful film in a while in Pain & Gain, by throwing together match up between The Island and Transformers. The Island ultimately took the verdict with many of our readers praising the cast and the effort that was put into the story.

This week, it's the wonderful world of Marvel going head to to head with one of the greatest DC has to offer in a match between Iron Man and Batman. Now to make this a bit more simple, seeing as the history of both these characters are so grand, we'll be judging these two based on how they've been portrayed on screen thus far. Batman has a considerably larger resume than Iron Man in that department, but roll with it. Both billionaire playboys in their spare time, mere mortal men who have become bad ass crime fighters at their best. Cinematically Batman has had a spotty record for some, while over the years Robert Downey Jr. has helped Iron Man along the way to becoming a worthy opponent to The Dark Knight. So as of today, where do you stand? Let's discuss.
Origin Stories
Tony Stark, MIT graduate in electrical engineering and physics, inherits his late father's empire Stark Industries. After being attacked by terrorists and captures, shrapnel gradually moves towards Stark's heart threatening his life. Teaming up with another prisoner who happens to be a physicist Stark admires, they build a chest plate to keep said shrapnel from reaching Stark's heart. They also build a suit of armor in which Stark uses to escape his captors and as a bit of a changed man devotes his life to fighting crime. Always dug this origin story as it shows Stark, albeit with some help, using his considerable intelligence to claw his way out of a serious problem in a relatively quick manner. And you buy being captured by terrorists and surviving changing your outlook on life. Bravo.
In Nolan's first foray into the Batman universe, we get our most in depth look into what turned Bruce Wayne into Batman. As a child Bruce Wayne was an eye witness to his parents getting murdered in cold blood by a criminal named Joe Chill. When Wayne reaches the proper age to receive the training required to fight the crime he's grown to hate, he uses a symbol of his own fear to strike fear into the hearts of criminals and take down any wrong doer that finds their way in his path. Bless Nolan for getting it right and really owning that origin story, in past Batman films that origin story is told shortly in flashbacks and had changed several times to better fit the story they were telling at the time. When told in the right way, it's a very tragic pill to swallow.
Abilities
Starks abilities and powers as Iron Man can all be attributed to the high amount of intelligence he had grown up developing. He is a genius in areas like mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computer engineering. That intelligence led to the design and building of the armored suit and all the toys he gets to play with as a result, Stark also uses this intelligence to get out of certain jams. In the comics there are many features the suit can do we haven't even seen touched on in the films, but even the films we've gotten have shown what Iron Man is capable of.
An edge Bruce Wayne has over Tony Stark is his breath taking combat skills and his skills in detective work. From their the iconic Bat suit and other assorted gadgets take over. Batmobiles, batplanes, batboats, batsubs, batcycles, batarangs, and a few other goodies. What I've just mentioned are stylish ways for him to get around and to take out goons from a distance. The aforementioned combat skills are where he shines, as he's able to use this to take out many villains who come nowhere close to matching that ability in the fisticuffs department.
Real Billionaire Life
What I love about Tony Stark is his arrogance that comes off as a bit lovable, at least with the way RDJ has portrayed him. This overabundance of confidence has led Tony Stark to being one of the superheroes that have come forward and proudly claim that they were a crime fighting crusader in their spare time. As Stark takes over his fathers company he has become one of the wealthiest fictional characters of all time, ahead of Bruce Wayne. What I love about Stark, and they really emphasized this in the first Iron Man film, is the business ethics he developed. For all his arrogance (which is justified) he became a noble person when you strip him down to his bare essence.
In contrast to Tony Stark, the Bruce Wayne that Bruce Wayne has put on for the public is a facade. Wayne is playing up what he thinks a billionaire playboy should be and at points in the films he can come off as a bit of an ass, especially in Nolan's films. It's similar to how Clark Kent conducts himself in his every day life, playing a character that couldn't be further from who they really are. There is the Bruce Wayne that the public sees, and there is the Bruce Wayne people closest to him have been able to see. The one still tortured by his childhood. Both are compelling, and the reason is because it's hard to imagine a Bruce Wayne who had to live with being "Bruce Wayne" alone. What would happen to this man if he didn't have Batman?
On The Big Screen
With the upcoming Iron Man 3 we've had Robert Downey Jr. portray Iron Man for four films now. He's been pitch perfect in each of them. The first Iron Man, one of the best and most faithful origin films to date. The second, a great peak into a Tony Stark with some demons both physical and mental to deal with. Avengers, Iron Man at his most heroic and his lovable admiration and awe of Bruce Banner is great. Have yet to see Iron Man 3, but some have and say it's the best of the bunch. That's a hell of a track record. There's a possibility aside from Avengers we are reaching the end of our road with RDJ as Tony Stark. Many will except a replacement if need be, with extreme reluctance? Will any be able to capture Tony as well as RDJ can? Will future films be as successful? Time will tell.
Out of the 8 live action Batman films that have been produced, four of them I find near perfection and could never get tired of watching. Burton's first Batman, the sequel Batman Returns, Batman Begins, and the Dark Knight. Special points go to the animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, that is so great when it comes to story it gives any of these a run for their money. For better or worse, every actor that has tackled Batman has done their best with the material they were given. Who did the best job wearing the cape is up for debate, many varying opinions. I suppose in the end it all comes down to what you prefer. Batman has had his duds in the film world sure, but there is something to say for the nostalgia he brings and quality in recent years.kjk
Batman
As much as I love Iron Man and respect the life Robert Downey Jr has been able to breathe into the character (launching the now dominant Marvel universe)...this is Batman. He is one of the most iconic characters of all time, appealing to more than just comic book fans. The same can be sad for Iron Man, but like I said nostalgia is getting the better of me here. Do you agree? Or have you become more impressed with Downey's Iron Man run? Time to strike back.

If you have an idea that you'd like to see in a future FACE OFF column, feel free to shoot an email to me at paulhuffman@joblo.com with your ideas and some ideas for the critique to base your ideas off. Thank you and in the meantime...

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3:12AM on 05/03/2013

Actually.....

Iron Man has been in 5 movies, albeit as Tony Stark. Remember, he was at the end, after the credits of The Incredible Hulk.
Iron Man has been in 5 movies, albeit as Tony Stark. Remember, he was at the end, after the credits of The Incredible Hulk.
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10:46PM on 05/02/2013

Hah!

Yer damn right Batman!
Yer damn right Batman!
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7:50PM on 05/02/2013

The Dark Knight

Batman all the way!
I am surprised the two didnt work together (despite the Marvel and DC worlds)
Batman all the way!
I am surprised the two didnt work together (despite the Marvel and DC worlds)
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6:38PM on 05/02/2013
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6:01PM on 05/02/2013

deathw1shzero doesn't like the he got thumbs down.

"im already getting thumbs down for my opinion see what i mean it's useless"....He didn't express his opinion about the FACE-OFF. He expressed his opinion about Schmoes, and badmouthed them. Then he called Nolan a jerk, and compared Schmoes to Twilight fans, so he's getting thumbs down because he was being a jerk....DUH???
"im already getting thumbs down for my opinion see what i mean it's useless"....He didn't express his opinion about the FACE-OFF. He expressed his opinion about Schmoes, and badmouthed them. Then he called Nolan a jerk, and compared Schmoes to Twilight fans, so he's getting thumbs down because he was being a jerk....DUH???
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5:25PM on 05/02/2013

jxac said....

Well it being close means it deserves a FACE-OFF because it was hard to choose the winner, it took some thought, and the winner is unknown until after it's over...Would you rather have a FACE-OFF where one of the characters, or whatever it is, would you rather them win all of the categories except for ONE?

If it's not close, then what's the point?
Well it being close means it deserves a FACE-OFF because it was hard to choose the winner, it took some thought, and the winner is unknown until after it's over...Would you rather have a FACE-OFF where one of the characters, or whatever it is, would you rather them win all of the categories except for ONE?

If it's not close, then what's the point?
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4:32PM on 05/02/2013

i can't take this seriously

you guys are giving the people who voted iron man an unfair amount of thumbs down and people who voted for batman thumbs up.You guys are all biased as fuck and some of you are probably nolanites in which case your opinion shouldn't even count.All im saying is no one deserves a thumbs down for their opinion but you nolanites are so attached to this chris nolan jerk you automatically put down the people who feel differentially about his batman films,you guys are worse than the twilight fans i'm
you guys are giving the people who voted iron man an unfair amount of thumbs down and people who voted for batman thumbs up.You guys are all biased as fuck and some of you are probably nolanites in which case your opinion shouldn't even count.All im saying is no one deserves a thumbs down for their opinion but you nolanites are so attached to this chris nolan jerk you automatically put down the people who feel differentially about his batman films,you guys are worse than the twilight fans i'm sorry to say.
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8:36PM on 05/03/2013
Kudos, deathw1shzero
Kudos, deathw1shzero
3:23PM on 05/03/2013
sorry i just get so used to seeing nolanites on imdb boards thinking their movies are superior and bringing everyone else down and trolling massively but then i remembered that this isn't imdb and people here are actually mature and not dumb trolls like the ones on imdb.My bad.
sorry i just get so used to seeing nolanites on imdb boards thinking their movies are superior and bringing everyone else down and trolling massively but then i remembered that this isn't imdb and people here are actually mature and not dumb trolls like the ones on imdb.My bad.
5:58PM on 05/02/2013
deathw1shzero, "im already getting thumbs down for my opinion see what i mean it's useless"....You didn't express your opinion about the FACE-OFF. You expressed your opinion about Schmoes.

You called Nolan a jerk, and you compared Schmoes to Twilight fans. So you're getting thumbs down because you badmouthed Schmoes.....DUH???
deathw1shzero, "im already getting thumbs down for my opinion see what i mean it's useless"....You didn't express your opinion about the FACE-OFF. You expressed your opinion about Schmoes.

You called Nolan a jerk, and you compared Schmoes to Twilight fans. So you're getting thumbs down because you badmouthed Schmoes.....DUH???
5:27PM on 05/02/2013
I loved Batman many years before I even knew who Christopher Nolan was. Honestly I think the reason you're getting thumbs down is because you just compared Batman fans to Twilight fans. The reason the other posts are getting thumbs down is because most of them are insulted by the results so they proceed to insult the Batman character, comic, and movies. And if you go on to read the posts by Batman fans most of them say that they love Iron Man but they just prefer Batman. So really I think the
I loved Batman many years before I even knew who Christopher Nolan was. Honestly I think the reason you're getting thumbs down is because you just compared Batman fans to Twilight fans. The reason the other posts are getting thumbs down is because most of them are insulted by the results so they proceed to insult the Batman character, comic, and movies. And if you go on to read the posts by Batman fans most of them say that they love Iron Man but they just prefer Batman. So really I think the Iron Man fans are being biased little bitches about it. So take a chill pill buddy.
4:53PM on 05/02/2013
Settle down buddy. I love Ironman and Robert Downey Jr. as much as the next guy, but Batman is the most accomplished and iconic (with exception of Superman) character in the history of the medium. Batman has been around almost 75 years. Out of his eight movies 2 are terrible, but the rest range from good to great to legendary. He has 2 of the best video games of all time, one of the greatest animated series of all time and its fantastic spin-offs, the 60's tv show for nostalgia purposes and
Settle down buddy. I love Ironman and Robert Downey Jr. as much as the next guy, but Batman is the most accomplished and iconic (with exception of Superman) character in the history of the medium. Batman has been around almost 75 years. Out of his eight movies 2 are terrible, but the rest range from good to great to legendary. He has 2 of the best video games of all time, one of the greatest animated series of all time and its fantastic spin-offs, the 60's tv show for nostalgia purposes and the greatest collection of comic stories of any single character. Ironman is great, no doubt, but this competition really isn't close.
4:38PM on 05/02/2013
im already getting thumbs down for my opinion see what i mean it's useless
im already getting thumbs down for my opinion see what i mean it's useless
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3:20PM on 05/02/2013

BATMAN

Batman is the only comic book character that I ever truly got totally into, it started when reading the comics as a kid in the early 1980's. I continue to do so, his legacy is unmatched! With all that being said, I have tons of respect for the IRONMAN character.
Batman is the only comic book character that I ever truly got totally into, it started when reading the comics as a kid in the early 1980's. I continue to do so, his legacy is unmatched! With all that being said, I have tons of respect for the IRONMAN character.
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2:07PM on 05/02/2013

Batman all the way

Sure batman had two duds but ironman had a dud as well. Ironman 2 was terrible. Batman easily has an advantage since he is a more iconic character. Plus I always thought the Iron Man movies should focus a little more on Tony Stark's alcoholism.

I like them both but Batman is just where it's at because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

Plus Batman has Alfred. Freaking ALFRED!
Sure batman had two duds but ironman had a dud as well. Ironman 2 was terrible. Batman easily has an advantage since he is a more iconic character. Plus I always thought the Iron Man movies should focus a little more on Tony Stark's alcoholism.

I like them both but Batman is just where it's at because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

Plus Batman has Alfred. Freaking ALFRED!
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1:49PM on 05/02/2013

Iron Man

If I were just comparing Iron Man with Nolan's Batman, then its Iron Man all the way. Not to take away from Bat Man because Ledger's Joker made that trilogy. Christian Bale's growl all but killed it for me and what they did with Bane's voice was a crime. And Iron Man is just a whole lot more fun to watch.
If I were just comparing Iron Man with Nolan's Batman, then its Iron Man all the way. Not to take away from Bat Man because Ledger's Joker made that trilogy. Christian Bale's growl all but killed it for me and what they did with Bane's voice was a crime. And Iron Man is just a whole lot more fun to watch.
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1:56PM on 05/02/2013
Ya know I'm one of the few people who didn't mind Bale's bat voice. It made sense to conceal his identity. I also didn't mind Bane's voice once I got used to it.
Ya know I'm one of the few people who didn't mind Bale's bat voice. It made sense to conceal his identity. I also didn't mind Bane's voice once I got used to it.
12:32PM on 05/02/2013

Iron Man

Movie wise, Iron Man wins.
Character wise, Iron Man wins.
Comic book wise, Iron Man wins.
Movie Iron Man saves his friends lives and throws a nuke into outer space through a wormhole to defeat an alien invasion.
Movie Batman gets his friend scarred and girlfriend killed by a mental patient in clown makeup, and his back broken by a wrestler on steroids.
Movie wise, Iron Man wins.
Character wise, Iron Man wins.
Comic book wise, Iron Man wins.
Movie Iron Man saves his friends lives and throws a nuke into outer space through a wormhole to defeat an alien invasion.
Movie Batman gets his friend scarred and girlfriend killed by a mental patient in clown makeup, and his back broken by a wrestler on steroids.
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6:33PM on 05/02/2013
Laugh out loud.
Laugh out loud.
5:09PM on 05/02/2013
Your not very bright are you.
Your not very bright are you.
1:08PM on 05/02/2013
I'm going to go ahead and file this under "opinions that are wrong."
I'm going to go ahead and file this under "opinions that are wrong."
12:24PM on 05/02/2013
In all honesty, Tony Stark easily come off as a genius where as Nolan's Batman did injustice to his intellect. I've always thought Michael Keaton was a better Batman and used his brains. He was strategic and did things one would expect someone with his high IQ to do. For example: solved the Joker make up issue, hacked Penguin's penguins, planned ahead with Batwing and Batboat as well as few adjustments to the Batmobile. I felt like he was on top of things. I never felt that with Nolan's Batman,
In all honesty, Tony Stark easily come off as a genius where as Nolan's Batman did injustice to his intellect. I've always thought Michael Keaton was a better Batman and used his brains. He was strategic and did things one would expect someone with his high IQ to do. For example: solved the Joker make up issue, hacked Penguin's penguins, planned ahead with Batwing and Batboat as well as few adjustments to the Batmobile. I felt like he was on top of things. I never felt that with Nolan's Batman, ever. Not only did he always have help but he would have been a a lousy chess player. Batman would never assume Joker was just a crazy predictable guy (Alfred figured this out) or Bane nothing more than a League of Shadows thug. Batman would never have made those assumptions. As far as the new movies go, Ironman and Batman have been enjoyable. I will never understand the boner people get with Nolan's Batman but I still enjoyed them as much as Ironman. Really hope IM3 is better than the first 2.
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12:07PM on 05/02/2013

batman

Batman is the better characters, has the better films, comics, games.

In everyway possible batman wins.
Batman is the better characters, has the better films, comics, games.

In everyway possible batman wins.
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11:54AM on 05/02/2013

If Batman can, and has, taken down Superman

Ironman wouldnt be much of a problem
Ironman wouldnt be much of a problem
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11:47AM on 05/02/2013
In a fight all suited up it would be close, but Batman would have the advantage. Tony Stark is too emotional and scatterbrained to match Batman's resolve.
In a fight all suited up it would be close, but Batman would have the advantage. Tony Stark is too emotional and scatterbrained to match Batman's resolve.
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10:20AM on 05/02/2013

I have a few ideas also

Im a artist by nature, so sometimes i like to draw marvel characters fighting DC character. One iI would actually like to see is Marvels Black Panther vs DCs Batman. I believe these two are evenly matched in fighting and figuring out how to take down their foe during combat. I honestly believe that will be a very tough fight. Just a thought
Im a artist by nature, so sometimes i like to draw marvel characters fighting DC character. One iI would actually like to see is Marvels Black Panther vs DCs Batman. I believe these two are evenly matched in fighting and figuring out how to take down their foe during combat. I honestly believe that will be a very tough fight. Just a thought
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10:35AM on 05/02/2013
I'd still give that one to Bats. In fact, I'd probably pick Bats over just about any other comic book character except Spider-Man.
I'd still give that one to Bats. In fact, I'd probably pick Bats over just about any other comic book character except Spider-Man.
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10:13AM on 05/02/2013

whatever, its a tie

The batman nut huggers have it again. neither is above the other as far as imI'm concerned, the big screen catagory is just a cheap way to give it to bats. it was easier to get a batman film made back then than it was to make ironman, budget wise.
The batman nut huggers have it again. neither is above the other as far as imI'm concerned, the big screen catagory is just a cheap way to give it to bats. it was easier to get a batman film made back then than it was to make ironman, budget wise.
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10:07AM on 05/02/2013
The argument for "who is a better hero" or "who would win in a fight"? The face off is a bit difficult to quantify. They both have good stories, but Batman's story and origin seem more "believable". But if the argument is who would win in a fight, Iron man's technology would beat Batman's technology. Hand to hand Tony Stark versus Bruce Wayne and Wayne would easily beat him.
The argument for "who is a better hero" or "who would win in a fight"? The face off is a bit difficult to quantify. They both have good stories, but Batman's story and origin seem more "believable". But if the argument is who would win in a fight, Iron man's technology would beat Batman's technology. Hand to hand Tony Stark versus Bruce Wayne and Wayne would easily beat him.
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10:02AM on 05/02/2013
Good face off, I think they are so close as to be a tie. Batman seems filled with rage and vigilantism as a driving factor to his heroics. He is a mystery solver. Iron Man is heroic too, and his smarts are technology. Batman would be nothing without Lucius and Alfred, and Iron man would be in some trouble without his computer assistant and Pepper. Gonna have to call this one a tie. If they had to fight each other, I'd give it to Iron Man.
Good face off, I think they are so close as to be a tie. Batman seems filled with rage and vigilantism as a driving factor to his heroics. He is a mystery solver. Iron Man is heroic too, and his smarts are technology. Batman would be nothing without Lucius and Alfred, and Iron man would be in some trouble without his computer assistant and Pepper. Gonna have to call this one a tie. If they had to fight each other, I'd give it to Iron Man.
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10:00AM on 05/02/2013
I think this should be a tie. I mean the last category you claim Batman gets the point over Iron Man. Fact is, Iron Man has had three movies consecutively played by the same actor who made the character a household name. On top of that, where Iron Man was not as popular of a character, you'd think it would be easier for filmmakers to get away with changing aspects of the characer, not so. They kept Iron Man probably more faithful to the comics than Nolan did with Batman. The recent trilogy
I think this should be a tie. I mean the last category you claim Batman gets the point over Iron Man. Fact is, Iron Man has had three movies consecutively played by the same actor who made the character a household name. On top of that, where Iron Man was not as popular of a character, you'd think it would be easier for filmmakers to get away with changing aspects of the characer, not so. They kept Iron Man probably more faithful to the comics than Nolan did with Batman. The recent trilogy of Batman was fantastic, but there were also 4 other incarnations which came before it which do not hold up over time, and three of them were total shit! You'd think with all the storied history of Batman, it would be easier for any filmmaker to nail down the story of Batman, yet not so until Batman Begins. So when you look at it, Iron Man on screen has been near flawless and consistent whereas Batman on screen has been flawed and inconsistent except for 3/7 movies. I say the point should either go to both or to Iron Man for the win.
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9:55AM on 05/02/2013

ready for thumbs down

But I don't see how the iconoclast status of Batman as a comic book legend should be the determining factor in comparing these trilogies. Nostalgia isn't going to make me want to sit through the '60s TV longer than a few minutes. I don't want to get into a whole debate here about DC vs. Marvel, but I personally grew up reading way more Marvel comics. I personally don't care if Superman and Batman did a better job of seeping into the collective consciousness of western culture. I have my own
But I don't see how the iconoclast status of Batman as a comic book legend should be the determining factor in comparing these trilogies. Nostalgia isn't going to make me want to sit through the '60s TV longer than a few minutes. I don't want to get into a whole debate here about DC vs. Marvel, but I personally grew up reading way more Marvel comics. I personally don't care if Superman and Batman did a better job of seeping into the collective consciousness of western culture. I have my own nostalgia from going down to the comic book shop in the late 80's early 90's, and Iron Man was one of my favorites. I'd call this one a tie, between 2 very different superhero trilogies.
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9:23AM on 05/02/2013
I'd say it's a tie for this face-off. Tony Stark enjoys being Iron Man whereas Bruce Wayne torments himself in being Batman. However, Batman has great detective skills and vast arrays of weaponry and vehicles to compensate with suped up Iron Man armor.
I'd say it's a tie for this face-off. Tony Stark enjoys being Iron Man whereas Bruce Wayne torments himself in being Batman. However, Batman has great detective skills and vast arrays of weaponry and vehicles to compensate with suped up Iron Man armor.
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8:39AM on 05/02/2013
Stark probably has more fun doing what he does, both as a billionaire and a superhero. Batman's definitely got the better villains. Saying who's the best character is a tough call, even though they're both billionaire geniuses, but Batman's had the best films so far - there's a bit more depth to his story and it's been adapted and reinterpreted in a wider variety of ways. I rate the first Iron Man film very highly, but The Dark Knight was just too good a film to lose out here.
Stark probably has more fun doing what he does, both as a billionaire and a superhero. Batman's definitely got the better villains. Saying who's the best character is a tough call, even though they're both billionaire geniuses, but Batman's had the best films so far - there's a bit more depth to his story and it's been adapted and reinterpreted in a wider variety of ways. I rate the first Iron Man film very highly, but The Dark Knight was just too good a film to lose out here.
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8:17AM on 05/02/2013

Batman

Batman of course.
Batman of course.
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6:23AM on 05/02/2013
Kudos for giving Batman:Mask of the phantasm some respect! Great movie!
Kudos for giving Batman:Mask of the phantasm some respect! Great movie!
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6:37PM on 05/02/2013
Sub zero is also awesome.
Sub zero is also awesome.
5:14AM on 05/02/2013
Disagree.anyday i will watch Ironman films than Dark,pretentious,po-faced,boring,overrated Batman films.Ironman is like James Bond with his flamboyant playboy attitude and yet he is very talented,there is no negative energy in him.Batman is like depressed,burdened character.Ironman is more fun than Batman.anyday,i will watch Ironman films over Batman films,thanks to Robert downey jr's performance
Disagree.anyday i will watch Ironman films than Dark,pretentious,po-faced,boring,overrated Batman films.Ironman is like James Bond with his flamboyant playboy attitude and yet he is very talented,there is no negative energy in him.Batman is like depressed,burdened character.Ironman is more fun than Batman.anyday,i will watch Ironman films over Batman films,thanks to Robert downey jr's performance
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1:13PM on 05/02/2013
Like James Bond? Really?? Sorry I just don't see it.
Like James Bond? Really?? Sorry I just don't see it.
4:24AM on 05/02/2013
Love both Batman and Iron Man, but ultimately Batman wins just because he is more of the iconic superhero. And the fact that he's been around more through film and television. It's a tough decision though since both characters are great and the films are equally just as good as one another.

You would have been better off comparing Batman to Superman though. Not the films particulary, but the characters as a whole in general.
Love both Batman and Iron Man, but ultimately Batman wins just because he is more of the iconic superhero. And the fact that he's been around more through film and television. It's a tough decision though since both characters are great and the films are equally just as good as one another.

You would have been better off comparing Batman to Superman though. Not the films particulary, but the characters as a whole in general.
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8:09AM on 05/02/2013
I agree with old_fruity in that he isn't a rip off of Batman. The Howard Hughes aspect is a real thing. As in that was the real inspiration for the character.
I agree with old_fruity in that he isn't a rip off of Batman. The Howard Hughes aspect is a real thing. As in that was the real inspiration for the character.
5:31AM on 05/02/2013
I wouldn't say Iron Man is a batman rip-off. I believe that he is based on Howard Hughes.
I wouldn't say Iron Man is a batman rip-off. I believe that he is based on Howard Hughes.
5:21AM on 05/02/2013
Iron man is just a batman rip off so i agree it should be bats v sups.
Even bats v wolverine.
Iron man is just a batman rip off so i agree it should be bats v sups.
Even bats v wolverine.
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4:20AM on 05/02/2013
Suck it Stark!
Suck it Stark!
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3:07AM on 05/02/2013
No Contest, not sure how they were even that close
No Contest, not sure how they were even that close
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2:43AM on 05/02/2013
Yep, I'm going with Batman as well. Just looking at origin stories, I think while Tony Stark goes through massive transformations and has to rethink his worldview after his capture, there's something very emotionally powerful in that idea of a young boy swearing on the graves of his slain parents, and following through on said oath with unwavering dedication. Christopher Nolan and David S Goyer were inspired by a photo of JFK Jr. saluting his father's coffin during the state funeral, and Batman
Yep, I'm going with Batman as well. Just looking at origin stories, I think while Tony Stark goes through massive transformations and has to rethink his worldview after his capture, there's something very emotionally powerful in that idea of a young boy swearing on the graves of his slain parents, and following through on said oath with unwavering dedication. Christopher Nolan and David S Goyer were inspired by a photo of JFK Jr. saluting his father's coffin during the state funeral, and Batman Begins did a great job of showing the toll the death of Wayne's parents took on him.
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2:35AM on 05/02/2013
I vote for the goddamned Batman.
I vote for the goddamned Batman.
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2:07AM on 05/02/2013
Pretty much. Of the two, Bruce Wayne/Batman has the most in depth look into why the man puts on the costume and does what he does. Iron Man is certainly good, and while it does go in depth, it's not as much of a character study. I do think that the Iron Man character is more fun, as there's more action, one liners, laughs, and just a general sense of a good time, but Batman has more character and conviction in his actions and it really is more about Bruce Wayne than Batman.
Pretty much. Of the two, Bruce Wayne/Batman has the most in depth look into why the man puts on the costume and does what he does. Iron Man is certainly good, and while it does go in depth, it's not as much of a character study. I do think that the Iron Man character is more fun, as there's more action, one liners, laughs, and just a general sense of a good time, but Batman has more character and conviction in his actions and it really is more about Bruce Wayne than Batman.
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1:45AM on 05/02/2013
Why have a face off when 3/4 of it are ties? I think you should compare him to Superman. But I agree on Batman
Why have a face off when 3/4 of it are ties? I think you should compare him to Superman. But I agree on Batman
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8:15AM on 05/02/2013
Because not everyone will think 3/4 deserve a tie and sometimes there is one deciding vote when deciding who or what you like best.

FACE-OFF's should be close, right?
Because not everyone will think 3/4 deserve a tie and sometimes there is one deciding vote when deciding who or what you like best.

FACE-OFF's should be close, right?
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1:42AM on 05/02/2013

I can't decide!!

I loved the Nolan trilogy but I also really loved downey jr' s portal as tony stark!!!! It's to tough. I'll wait til I see iron man 3 before I decide.
I loved the Nolan trilogy but I also really loved downey jr' s portal as tony stark!!!! It's to tough. I'll wait til I see iron man 3 before I decide.
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1:17AM on 05/02/2013

Disagree, Kinda

Batman is the more iconic superhero but Tony Stark is the more interesting character. They are two very different characters but Ironman is just more fun. Although Batman has better villains and The Dark Knight is a damn near perfect movie, Robert Downey Jr puts Ironman over the top cinematically for me
Batman is the more iconic superhero but Tony Stark is the more interesting character. They are two very different characters but Ironman is just more fun. Although Batman has better villains and The Dark Knight is a damn near perfect movie, Robert Downey Jr puts Ironman over the top cinematically for me
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12:53AM on 05/02/2013
Completely agree. Also agree that Mask of the Phantasm gives any of the Batman films a run for their money. It's my personal favorite Batman film.
Completely agree. Also agree that Mask of the Phantasm gives any of the Batman films a run for their money. It's my personal favorite Batman film.
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10:55AM on 05/02/2013
@ debase, Yes he is. Conroy is just not doing Arkham Origins because they wanted a younger sounding Bruce, but he is playing Bruce/Bats in 'Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox'. The other Batman, Thomas Wayne will obviously be someone else, but Conroy is still doing his thing. He was great in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Great storyline too!
@ debase, Yes he is. Conroy is just not doing Arkham Origins because they wanted a younger sounding Bruce, but he is playing Bruce/Bats in 'Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox'. The other Batman, Thomas Wayne will obviously be someone else, but Conroy is still doing his thing. He was great in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Great storyline too!
9:24AM on 05/02/2013
Love Mask of the Phantasm as well.
Love Mask of the Phantasm as well.
8:03AM on 05/02/2013
Batman: TAS will give anything Batman a run for its money. besides Christen Bale, I think of Kevin Conroy to me he is the voice of Batman, its just a shame he's not voicing him anymore
Batman: TAS will give anything Batman a run for its money. besides Christen Bale, I think of Kevin Conroy to me he is the voice of Batman, its just a shame he's not voicing him anymore
12:48AM on 05/02/2013

I agree with Batman winning, good FACE-OFF, but my thumbs down is for a different reason.

There was so much stupidity in Burton's Batman movies. No way in hell were those even close to perfection.
There was so much stupidity in Burton's Batman movies. No way in hell were those even close to perfection.
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9:28AM on 05/02/2013
Prince soundtrack makes me laugh every time I watch it.
Prince soundtrack makes me laugh every time I watch it.
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