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Comic Vine Battle of the Week: Batman/Katana vs TMNT (Animated Versions!)

Who wins when the leads from Beware the Batman and Nick's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get into a fight? Come vote and speak your mind! Don't just sit around and say nothing because the winner is determined by YOU!

It's time for the segment's FIRST animated battle! This week, we're pitting great heroes from two modern shows against one another and it's going to be a blast. Both teams have already faced a big variety of enemies, but which side will earn the win when they'e forced to duke it out? Will Master Splinter's team triumph thanks to their numbers advantage or do Batman and Katana have the skill and resources needed to claim the victory? Well, that's entirely up to you. Yes, you, so go ahead and read all of the rules to see how and where the fight's going down. Once you've done that, click the link, cast your vote and get your debate on!

We understand not everyone's knowledgeable on both teams, so please keep in mind you have all week to vote. Seriously, the poll's open until Friday morning (ET), so there's no need to vote right away. Go ahead and conduct your own research or head to the poll thread (link provided below) and read the arguments which will be made for both sides. Odds are you can catch episodes through Video On Demand or purchase episodes via sources like iTunes or Amazon. If you do know both teams well enough, jump into the poll thread right now and let us know who you think should win and why. Impress us enough and you just may earn the Viner Argument of the Week spot in Friday's update (post must be free of scans and video clips). You can't put that accomplishment on your resume, but it's still a pretty darn satisfying award.

Comic Vine Battle of the Week Rules

  • Combatants are in character.
  • Characters have standard gear.
  • Knockout, incapacitation, or death all count as elimination. Making a tactical retreat counts as a loss, too.
  • They're fighting in a generic downtown city setting. It's unpopulated, at night and all standard city lights remain on. They start roughly 30 feet apart and visible. There's a fair amount of cover between them (parked vehicles, bus stops and such). The entire city region is on limits. Seeing as this is a "generic" city and not New York or Gotham, Batman/Katana are not in communication with Alfred, nor do they have access to their vehicles.
  • Feats from the BEWARE THE BATMAN and TMNT: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES comic books can be used in the debate as well.
  • It's not mandatory, but if you take time to vote, elaborating as well would be extra awesome. Keep things informative and your post could be the next Viner Argument of the Week!

Click the following link to cast your vote. Again, it would be extra cool if you could get your elaboration on as well. If you vote for a side, be sure to tell us why! Oh, and do try to remember this is just a conversation about fictional characters fighting, so keep things informative and not personal.


Viners, you have the week to research, debate and vote! This means there's no reason to vote right away if you don't have all of the info you need to make an educated decision. Check the homepage Friday for an updated article with the following:

  • My extended thoughts on the match.
  • A Viner Argument in favor of the poll's winner (can't include scans and must be in the poll thread).
  • Extra thoughts from other Comic Vine staffers.
  • If we're lucky, blurbs from industry talent.

Feel free to make future match suggestions in the comments below or via Gregg's Twitter page.

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Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie

This is going to be interesting...

Posted by IheartZombies92--defunct


Either way, this is gonna be a close one

Posted by sasquatch888

batman/katana win

Posted by BlackLegRaph

I'll have to go with the Turtles. They have both numbers and superior teamwork on their side.

Posted by G_leno

Turtles for the win. 'they're the worlds most fearsome fighting team!, They're heroes in a half shell and they're green'.

Edited by AlKusanagi

The Turtles. BatTeam would get canceled halfway through the fight.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I only watched the first episode of Beware Batman, so I got to research

Posted by Dstick88

He is batman. Nothing more need be said.

Posted by godzilla44

this going to be close The beware the bat might have been a awful show, their fighting skills were least good though

Posted by Grimoire

Beware the Batman team all the way on this one.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh


Edited by GLforHIRE

It say its TMNT pretty handily if we'd going off the show. Heres why:

Both of these cartoons dumb down each teams combat skills. The turtles are more goofy then in previous movies and comics while Beware the Bat, everyone seems to be able to go toe to toe with batman in hand to hand from basic silver monkeys ninjas to anarchy. So I think anyone one of the turtles alone would be a hand to hand match with Bats or Katana let alone they fact that it can almost be a 2 on 1 for both parties.

Alot of people are going to mention Batmans gear, but again, on the show he doesnt really use much and its a non prep battle here. so outside of batarangs and smoke bombs etc...what do katana and Bruce have? and i'm pretty sure the turtles have grown up dodging smoke bombs and customized ninja stars.

The turtles also have more basic weapon variety which along with the numbers game should be too much. A pairing of Leo/Ralph vs Batman and Don/Mikey vs Katana eventually the numbers would wear them down since the cartoons don't really have batman on par with his "best DC hand to hand fighter" title like in the comics. So numbers, better physical stats, weapon versatility etc...i say turtles.

Posted by thenexusrebound

The Turtles win since Beware Batman seems to be up and down on his skill set. Also the brothers have better team work.

Posted by LordoftheNorth

Batman is my favorite character and if was nearly any other Batman i would go with him but in Beware the Batman Bruce's skill are never very consistant. Like how he got his ass kicked by Magpie but than he goes and stomps a bunch of ninjas. I dont mean he is bad but iam pretty sure the Batman from brave and the bold could kick his ass.

Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude

TMNT since it's a 4 on two fight and Leo has shown better swordsmanship than Katana.

Posted by mannthias

many people are saying he TMNT will win becouse of numbers and in thier show they fight more while you have to remember how batman uses fear and though the turtles are ninjas as well if you watch he show hey do not use the dark now raph and leo will be ALMOST unaffected or they will try to surpress there fear mike will most likely run away with his arms in the air yelling AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and then one turtle is down and the others are freaked out and thrown off by the loss of their brother one down 3 to go

and remember even this batman is still a master of many fighting styles TMNT are only masters of ninjutsu

now to consult the shows themself in beware the bat his enemy escapes first then is stopped(for now) or taken out while in TMNT they battle some one get there butts kicked and then go back to master splinter for a answer but in this case a retreat is a lose so while i do enjoy TMNT i must give my vote to the batman

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse


Posted by Jayc1324

@alkusanagi: I think someone said that the show was supposed to return in January but we will see