#1 – JLA: Tower of Babel/Justice League: Doom
JLA: Tower of Babel is a JLA arc written by Mark Waid, while Justice League: Doom was a DC Universe Animated Movie based on the same storyline. There were some differences between the two versions, but the central plot remains the same. Batman, in his obsession to be prepared for any situation, created contingency plans to beat each member of the Justice League should they go rogue. While this seems perfectly reasonable in a world where mind control isn’t uncommon and heroes sometimes go off the reservation, Batman’s teammates were not so understanding. Even though the plans are meant as failsafes, an enemy of the Justice League (Ra’s al Ghul in Tower of Babel and Vandal Savage in Doom) discovers the information and implements Batman’s methods.
As is the recurring theme, when Batman has time to prepare for a situation he’s virtually unbeatable. In Tower of Babel, Superman is exposed to Red Kryptonite, Batman’s own creation, which turns his skin transparent and causes his body to overload on solar radiation and overwhelm his enhanced senses. In Doom, Superman is shot with a Kryptonite bullet. While the bullet slowly kills him from the inside, it also can’t be removed through conventional means because of Superman’s invulnerable skin. In both cases, Superman and Batman don’t have a direct confrontation, but the villains are able to execute Batman’s plans, nearly eliminating not just Superman, but the entire Justice League.
Who wins in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?
As obsessed as Lex Luthor may be with Superman, no one is more effective than Batman at taking the fight to the Man of Steel. Given time to prepare, Batman is one of the few characters in DC Comics who can go toe-to-toe with Superman and actually beat him. While Doomsday’s appearance in the trailer suggests they’ll be teaming up against a greater threat, the movie is called Batman v Superman for a reason. Batman has surely developed countermeasures for Superman’s abilities after seeing the fight against General Zod, and more importantly, has developed a grudge against the Kryptonian following the destruction in Metropolis.
It’s possible that Lex Luthor will also share some of his insight into Superman’s weaknesses with Bruce Wayne, especially if he thinks it will fuel the confrontation between the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham. However it is that Lex, Doomsday, and even Wonder Woman factor in to Dawn of Justice, the clash between Batman and Superman remains the biggest selling point. Once the movie hits theaters next March, fans will have another point in evidence over which hero is better.