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5 Batman VS Superman Stories Better Than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Posted by cyberpfalcon on March 20, 2017

Another article I did for the company newletter.


A lot of us looked forward to last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and a lot of us left the theatre after seeing it feeling disappointed by, what we felt, was a movie marred by a disjointed and messily-put-together plot (though it did have Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, some great action scenes, and a cool Batmobile).

So, to give us all some hope for the next installments in the DCEU, Wonder Woman and Justice League, I’m going to list 5 Batman VS Superman stories that are better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

And for those of you that did enjoy Batman v Superman, now you can explore more Batman VS Superman stories that you might not have known about before!

Now, before we begin, let’s be honest, it’s practically standard now that when two superheroes crossover and fight each other, they’ll usually end up resolving their differences and then fighting some other threat together (heck, even Batman v Superman did this). So, my criteria for inclusion on this list was, basically, that if, at some point, a Batman and a Superman are fighting each other somehow (directly or indirectly), then it counts.

So, with that out of the way, here’s the list!


The Dark Knight Returns

Warning: Parental Guidance Suggested

Seen by many as THE Batman VS Superman story, this story has influenced many other stories that came after it (including Batman v Superman).

The story opens with Bruce Wayne, who has retired as Batman for many years now. However, as Gotham dives deeper and deeper in decadence, a gang called ‘The Mutants’ begins to terrorize the city, leading to Bruce Wayne going back into action as Batman again. However, Batman’s reemergence and his more violent methods draw the attention of Superman.

The Dark Knight Returns is available as a trade paperback comic, and as an animated adaptation (which features Peter Weller [Robocop!] as Batman and Mark Valley as Superman).


Injustice: Gods Among Us

Warning: Parental Guidance Suggested

Superman is tricked by the Joker into killing Lois Lane, his wife, which triggers the detonation of a nuclear weapon, destroying Metropolis and killing millions. Although Batman manages to capture the Joker, he is not able to stop a devastated Superman from murdering the Joker in revenge. In the aftermath, Superman dedicates himself to eliminating crime by establishing an authoritarian regime across the world that he rules as its High Councillor. To oppose Superman’s regime, Batman forms his own insurgency, and the two factions gather allies, leading to a war.

AND THEN, five years later, Batman transports more superheroes from an alternate universe, where Joker’s plan failed, to help the insurgency.

Injustice: Gods Among Us is available as a video game on PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox360, and Xbox One. There are prequel comics as well that focuses on the five year gap.


World’s Finest

World’s Finest is a three part story, which is composed of episodes 29, 30, and 31 of Superman: The Animated Series.

Batman has come to Metropolis, trying to capture the Joker. The Joker has teamed up with Lex Luthor, offering to kill Superman if Luthor provides him with resources and payment. In the middle of trying to stop this plan, Batman meets Superman for the first time.


A Better World

A Better World is a two part story, which is composed of episodes 37 and 38 of Justice League.

In an alternate universe, Earth is ruled by Superman and the Justice Lords (a renamed Justice League) – they took over after stopping President Lex Luthor’s plans, during which Superman had resorted to killing Lex Luthor. In the name of peace, the Justice Lords have taken over governments, and have ruled the world with an iron fist.

The Justice Lords discovers our Justice League, still playing a reactive role in stopping crime, rather than their proactive role. Deciding that the League’s world needs the same law and order that the Lords have enforced on their own world, the Justice Lords cross over into the Justice League’s world.


The Call

The Call is a two part story, which is composed of episodes 46 and 47 of Batman Beyond.

In the future of Batman Beyond, Terry McGinnis is now Batman, with an elder Bruce Wayne as his mentor and support. Impressed by his work, Superman (still Clark Kent) offers the young Batman membership in Justice League Unlimited. However, things are not as they seem, and Superman confides to Terry (and Bruce) that he suspects that one of the members of the JLU is a traitor.

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