Who's the most iconic superhero: Batman or Superman? | The Tylt
Batman versus Superman is one of the most polarizing geek debates ever. Both of the DC heroes are legends in their own right. Superman is arguably the first superhero ever, making his debut in 1938. Batman was created in 1939. Superman influenced many more straight-laced derring-doers; he's also a symbol of hope for fans. Batman represents the darker side of heroics, filled with tragedy and revenge, which fans love, and other comics have mimicked. Who's has had a greater cultural impact?
Who's the most iconic superhero: Batman or Superman?
Let's be honest—Batman is much more interesting than Superman. Supes lost his parents too, but he was just a baby. Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents murder — leading him on a path seeking justice and stopping bad guys. Many heroes in both the DC and Marvel universes lost loved ones or experienced tragedies in their lives that put them on the path of standing up for justice. This was popularized by Batman's origins story.
The Dark Knight has many layers (and the most iconic villains) that has kept him relevant longer than most other superheroes. Batman is arguably the most successful superhero ever. The character has had many successful commercial products including live action and animated TV shows and blockbuster films for nearly 80 years.
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Superman doesn't have to be as layered as Batman. It's simple; he's a symbol for hope that many generations of comic book lovers identify with. Supes is the grandfather of superheroes. In fact, superheroes might not have existed without the creation of Superman. Maybe they would have, but he influenced the esthetic of costumed heroics—especially the blue and red color schemes, and the superhero symbol on the chest.
The Man of Steel is typically portrayed as the most powerful hero. And with all his power—he's remained one of the best good guys ever. Superman represents hope alright, but he also represents "truth, justice and the American way."
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