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Spider-Man Vs. Batman

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By Chad Derdowksi     October 08, 2009

Spider-man Vs. Batman
© Bob Trate


It’s nighttime in Gotham City and Batman is on patrol. He’s heard reports of a few break-ins at the S.T.A.R. Labs weapons research & development facility in Gotham and he figures he oughta check it out. Rumors vary, but it’s clearly someone with superhuman strength and security guards have made reference to being struck by multiple arms before being knocked out.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man is hot on the trail of Dr. Octopus, who is thieving a truckload of scientific equipment for his latest evil scheme. Whatever he’s looking for can only be found in Gotham so that’s where Spidey ends up. When Batman runs into a guy with a spider motif, he figures there’s a good chance this could be the multiple armed criminal he’s heard about. This being a comic book, you know the two have got to fight before they team up and take out the bad guy, right?

The Tale of the Tape

Spider-Man vs. Batman

Spidey’s Strengths

The proportionate strength and speed of a spider goes a long way in a fight, especially when you’re fighting a guy with no superpowers at all. If Spidey wanted to, he could just pick Batman up and tear him in half. Of course, he’d never do that. But he could. His webshooters would come in pretty handy too. The stuff is pretty darn durable. According to the Marvel Handbook, the tensile strength of the webbing is equivalent to 120 lb. (54 kg) per square millimeter in cross-section. We don’t actually know what that means, but we know it’s sturdy and Batman isn’t likely to bust out of it on his own.
Add to that his extraordinary Spider-Sense and enhanced reflexes and it’s going to be a tough battle for the Caped Crusader. The limited clairvoyance and ability to “know when/where your opponent is going to strike before they do it” gives Spider-Man huge edge in this fight.

Spider-Man vs. Batman

Batman’s Strengths

Possessing no superpowers, Batman has made his career relying on his keen intellect and scientific know-how. He’s got an assortment of weaponry for any occasion including razor sharp Batarangs, grenades, a two-way radio and pretty much anything else he could possibly need for any given situation. Beyond that, Batman has a contingency plan should any member of the Justice League go rogue or have their mind taken over by a villain. The guy knows how to subdue Wonder Woman, stop the Flash in his tracks and put a yellow streak down Green Lantern’s back. Hell, he could even take out Superman.
He’s also scary as hell. His personality is bad enough, but when you couple it with a costume designed to strike fear into the hearts of criminals and do-gooders alike, he’s got a pretty big psychological edge in battle.
You think a guy with the proportionate strength of an insect is going to be a problem for him?

Spider-Man vs. Batman

Their Weaknesses

If Spider-Man could be said to have a weakness, it’s that he’s a pretty nice guy. While he possesses the physical strength to tear a normal person’s limbs off, he’s just not going to do that. He’ll talk your ear off and annoy the hell out of you during a scuffle, but he’s not going to kill you. 
Spidey’s also got some self-esteem issues. He’s one of those guys who talks a lot and constantly cracks jokes to cover up the fact that he’s uncomfortable-- doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a fight or a gathering of heroes. If Batman can knock him off of his game and find a way to shut the wallcrawler up, he might be able to sneak in a couple cheap shots.
As far as Batman’s weaknesses go… well, he’s only human. Like Spider-Man, he’s not a killer either (which isn’t really a weakness, but doesn’t help when you’re in a fight to the death), but against a guy like Spider-Man, having normal human strength and no superpowers is a huge detriment. All Spidey has to do is catch Batman in a web and make sure he can’t get to his belt. End of story.

Spider-Man vs. Batman

Notable Enemies

Both men have a rogue’s gallery that would make most heroes cower in abject terror. Here’s a few of the baddies they’ve come into conflict with in the past.
The Green Goblin was a normal businessman and scientist until he went nuts and assumed a costumed identity. He’s fought Spider-Man time and again, learned his secret identity and even killed the Web Slinger’s girlfriend. Heck, he killed Spider-Man’s clone, Ben Reilly, which is a lot like killing Spider-Man himself. Spider-Man has handed the Goblin his ass more times than we can count, but the guy keeps getting back up for more, going so far as to return from the dead and convince the American public he’s an alright guy.
Venom is a lot like Spider-Man only bigger, tougher and stronger. And he wears a symbiotic alien costume that negates Spidey’s Spider-Sense. Nevertheless, Spider-Man has made this guy look like a chump every time they’ve crossed paths.
Dr. Octopus has a scientific mind as brilliant as Spidey’s but twisted and evil. He’s also got four mechanical arms that can pin you down and give you a spanking while the good doctor enjoys a cup of tea. Four extra arms just adds up to two extra sets of handcuffs though – Spider-Man has been kicking Doc Ock’s butt since the 1960s.
If you think Spider-Man is funny, try The Joker on for size. This guy has been mocking Batman for over 60 years and proving that you can’t keep a good clown down. He may not be able to match the Dark Knight in physical prowess or technological savvy, but he’s unpredictable and has eluded death on countless occasions. No matter how many times Batman defeats him, he keeps coming back for more.
Ra’s Al Ghul is a maniacal eco-terrorist, an immortal and he knows Batman’s true identity.  He’s more than a physical match for the Caped Crusader and commands a secret cabal of the world’s deadliest assassins. Despite this, he hasn’t been able to put Batman down for the count yet.
Of all of his enemies, Bane is the long shot who actually stood a pretty good chance of ending Batman’s crime fighting career. This nutjob ex-con utilized an experimental drug called Venom and actually managed to break Batman’s back. Of course, we all know what happened next… Batman got better.

Spider-Man vs. Batman

The Outcome

The way we see it, the fight breaks down like this…
The two heroes stumble upon each other breaking into S.T.A.R. Labs in the dead of night and naturally they both assume the other one is an evildoer. Batman wants to end it as quickly as possible and tosses out some smoke bombs in order to disable the Web Slinger with a coughing fit. He’ll finish up the job as Spider-Man tries to wipe the tears out of his eyes. But that trusty Spider-Sense comes into play, enabling Spider-Man to leap out of the way of the gas.
Spidey follows a familiar pattern: nail the opponents’ hands and feet with webbing and knock him out with one punch. Only problem is, Batman is always one step ahead of the game and is always on the move. Yeah, Spider-Man snags the end of Bat’s cape with a web, but Batman simply slips out and rolls to safety. A couple more globs of webbing end up subdue the Dark Knight but one of his hands is free, and that’s all he needs.
Realizing that Spider-Man seems to be anticipating his moves before he makes them, Batman tosses out a flash bomb to blind his opponent and couples it with a device that emits a screeching noise that disorients Spidey and pretty much negates his Spider-Sense. A couple bursts from the torch that he keeps in his utility belt and Batman is free. Slipping on a set of energized brass knuckles, Batman lands a one-two punch combo that puts Spider-Man down for the count.
Bada-boom, bada-bing – out comes the Bat-string… okay, he’d never call it that, but at any rate the Dark Knight has got some sort of rope that he uses to keep Spider-Man under wraps until he comes to and Batman can question him. At which point the two inevitably team up and go after the real villain, Doctor Octopus.
The Winner: Batman. ‘Cause let’s face it, nobody can beat Batman.



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Dazzler 10/8/2009 4:37:17 AM

Dream on!

spiderhero 10/8/2009 4:44:26 AM

You know...I'm kinda getting tired of this whole "Batman can beat anybody" business. Remember, Bruce is smart, but so is Peter. He's a scientist. I think that would come into play in this fight. Peter would realize he's dealing with a smart man & would spend a few seconds thinking about how to beat the bat. SPiderman has come out on top of some pretty crazy fights both on earth & in space. I think he would be able to take Batman.

madmanic999 10/8/2009 5:11:40 AM

Brutal, Spidey would mop the floor with Batman...  Batman has had problems with super powered foes in the past which is why the majority of his rougues gallery is filled with normal psychos with disfigurements or gimic weapons.  Spidey is too fast, too strong, too smart, and way too good at getting out of tight situations.  If he lands one kick, one punch, it's naptime for the bat... look at the way it stacks up.


Spidey can lift ten tons, TEN TONS!!!!

Batman has the strength of a decent body builder (impressive)

Edge Spiderman

Speed and agility

Spidey, super human reaction time plus Spider sense

Batman. Olympic level athletic ability

Edge Spidey by a mile


Spidey, genius level intellect

Batman, genius level intellect

Edge, NA


Spidey, webbing and stingers

Batman, Too many

Edge Batman

Fighting skill

Spidey gets his skill from decent experience and his powers increasing his natural ability to an insane level

Batman is obviously one of the most skilled fighters in any comic, so he should have the edge, but with just above normal human strength, speed and agility, how well can it stack up??

Edge ? but will give it to batman

Special abilities

Spiderman, Duh... Spiderpowers

Batman..... he can detect stuff.... really really well....

Edge hmmmmmmm.... Spidey

Bottom line Spidey has too many ways to win, don't get me wrong, if there is a guy out there with the tools to beat a superhuman, it's the bat, so he could squeeze in a victory, but Spidey wins this one 99 times out of 100.

CardinalSin 10/8/2009 5:45:28 AM

Chad Derdowksi you're a Bat Man loving geek and it shows with this bull crap scenario.  Why do you think whenever DC/Marvel crossover they throw Batman Vs. Captain America?? Because Spidey will clean the floor with this dude.  You can't be serious with this? 

IRONMANIAC 10/8/2009 5:57:00 AM

 My B.S. Detector is tingling. 

goldeneyez 10/8/2009 6:30:55 AM

This one is tough... on paper it would seems the odds are in favor of Spider-man.  I disagree with the logic that a flash bomb and noise generator would defeat Spider-man's Spider-sense.  A flash bomb wouldn't stop you from hearing & a noise generator wouldn't stop you from seeing, so why would either prevent a sixth sense working for Spider-man that allows him to react to unforseen events without thought.

Also for the no one can beat Batman folks... the Joker did in the Dark Knight.  I'll repeat Heath Ledger's Joker beat Batman.  He drove Harvey Dent insane & pushed him over the edge causing him to go to the darkside.  Not to mention he killed his girl.

That said, the one way Batman could beat Spider-man is if he is prepared.  In the senario given, Spider-man wins because Batman has no idea who Spider-man is.  He's not prepared for his speed, strength, or spider-sense. However, Batman's odds get better with the more time he has to prep.  Given time, he could have a Batsuit made that was resistent to Spider-man's webbing, or have a mech suit that gives him strengh, or have weapons that can cut through the webbing, etc.

That's about the only way Bats could beat Spider-man, IMHO... which is all it is an opinion.

goldeneyez 10/8/2009 6:35:29 AM

oh yeah... it would depend on which version of the character you're talking about.  No one could beat the Adam West / Superfriends Batman... that character had an answer for freakin' everything in his utility belt.  He'd just break out the Spider-man repelent & it would be game over.

If we're talking about current comic incarnations, I'd go with Spider-man.

noahbody 10/8/2009 6:42:49 AM


You should have included the fact that Batman would know that Parker was Spider-Man.

And that would be the difference.

.....The batman, on his knees out of breath, "alright Parker you win!"

Spider-Mans mind is wirrling thinking ' #$%@! He knows who I am!!" 

A momentary lapse on Peters part was the The Dark Knight needed, from his knees the caped crusader reaches into his ultility belt and grabs the...........


.................and ittsy bittsy spider falls down the water spout! 




silversurfer 10/8/2009 7:15:03 AM

As much as I love the fact that Batman is a total bad-ass....this fight goes to Spiderman. He can lift 10 tons, and in a fight with Batman, I would think he would have to use some of that. Batman is a keen intellect and will definitely not go quietly, and because of his prowess with hand to hand combat, he'll definitely keep things interesting for a while. He would get inside of his head because while Spiderman is a bit of a jokester, he's no Joker, which is Batman's intellectual (IMO) equal.

Because this is their first meeting, Batman wouldn't be able to have the information on hand on how to defeat Spiderman, which is why I say he would win. The next time though....he would be completely versed in all things Spiderman, and that would be the way Batman would beat him....period. For certain he would go to visit Spiderman and watch the wall crawler and study everything about him, thus gaining the upper hand on him.

savagelee 10/8/2009 7:37:13 AM

 I dunno. Bats has the training. I've seen him take down a dozen punks like Peter Parker, without even trying hard.

Peter's big advantage is that he's a nice guy. He can get the crowd behind him. But come on - Batman beats up teams of bad-guys with more powers than what Peter's packing.

Think about when old Batman in Dark Knight Returns, takes down the mutant leader. It wasn't a mud-pit, it was an operating table. And Bats was the surgeon. Again, Peter's a nice guy, but he hasn't spent his entire life turning his body and mind into a tool to beat the crap out of other people. Peter just wants to live a normal life, hang out with his friends, have a few laughs. Batman is a troubled, haunted warrior, who will not sleep until he crushes the guilty. 

Batman's got the drive. 

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