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Showdown Sunday #45: Batman vs. Spider-Man (Rogues Gallery)

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When it comes to rogue galleries for individual comic book characters, none surpass the villains for Batman and Spider-Man. I think there’s a reason these two characters have become so popular among general audiences. Not only are these characters awesome, but their villains are among some of the most interesting and most relatable ones.

Between the two, which comic book character has the greater rogues gallery? Consider not just which villains are the strongest, but also what kind of relationship some have with the hero, and the kind of threat they’re able to impose on them. (i.e. Riddler’s mind games on Batman. Harry Osborn (Goblin) relationship to Peter Parker.) For a refresher, here are a few of each character’s greatest villains. Afterwards, place your votes below. And as always, if you enjoyed this week’s Showdown, then please share with your followers and get their opinions.

Batman’s rogue gallery: The Joker, Harley Quinn, Riddler, Catwoman, Bane, Deathstroke, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Ra’s Al Ghul, Two-Face.

Spider-Man’s rogue gallery: Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom,  Lizard, Mysterio, Electro, Hobgoblin, Kraven the Hunter, Carnage, Rhino, Kingpin.


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  1. I’m voting Batman. I’m a huge fan! Batman’s rogue gallery takes a lot of my interest, which makes the hero of the story become interesting too.

    I’ll start with the classic: the Joker. Obviously the Batman and Joker have been at each other’s throats for a very long time. Joker always testing Batman’s limits, especially his moral code. I find the Joker to be an effective antagonist because he goes against the morals that Batman follows. He also gives a sense of mystery: his real name and his true origin story is a mystery.

    Next I will go on to Bane, the man who broke the Bat. Bane has been one of the only few people that have taken Batman to his limits, physically and possibly mentally. Being an enemy of great force, Batman cannot use his usual tactics of fear, so he has to be more careful; thus showing us Batman’s side of careful planning and calculations.

    A personal choice of mine would be the Red Hood, Batman’s resurrected sidekick that goes against his moral code. Similar to Joker, the Red Hood tests Batman’s “no killing” moral code. Red Hood carries out justice by killing, and almost kills the Joker himself. This shows the emotional attachment to his former ally that has already died in the hands of his archenemy. But seeing him out of the grave probably gave Batman an unsettling feeling of disappointment in himself.

    And that’s all I can type for now. Have a great day guys!

    • Wow. What a terrific response, Daniel. I completely agree with all of your points, including Batman having the better rogues gallery. One villain who I continue to find fascinating is The Riddler. His high level IQ and ability to strategize really puts Batman’s detective skills to the test. I’m hoping to see him finally make his return to the big screen in the upcoming Batman solo-movie.

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