I realize that Batman vs Ironman has been done many times before. And I realize that it is often considered a Ironman victory, commonly labeled a curbstomp. However I propose that we take a second look at a scenario that has, at least in my search, not been done before.
I also take note that it is extremely common that Batman fans (of which I am one) use the "With Prep...." argument. And after months of going through threads and reading up on this, I do notice that we (Batman fans) tend to use this a little too much. Batman is limited, especially in his basic form with basic equipment. He would lose most fights if they were random encounters. Heck, even in his own comics, he does lose in random encounters quite often. It is not uncommon for him to lose a fight, retreat, regroup, prepare, and come back to win. This can be seen in his fights against Bane, Bronze Tiger, and the Owls.
When we look at Batman and Ironman, they are clearly counterparts. Are they equal in their basic equipment? No. But they are counterparts in their personalities. Billionaires, Playboys (well Bruce fakes this part), Philanthropists, Geniuses, Art Collectors, and both are mutant-phobic (Look at Civil War/Thorbuster/Hulkbuster and Brother MK I/OMACs)
Random encounter, basic equipment, Ironman easily wins without pause. Batman would be lucky to escape for a regroup.
Unarmoured Hand to Hand, Batman easily defeats Stark.
With all of that said, let me propose the following Battle.
Bruce Wayne / Batman vs Tony Stark / Ironman
In this fight we are not restricted to New 52, Batman, nor are we restricted to Avengers vs X-men, Ironman.
The Batman and Ironman found in this scenario represent the overall Batman and Ironman from the main storylines, starting from 1980 to the Present. We are also looking at the maximum comprehensive potentials for each character. The best of the best in terms of Ironman and Batman*.
(*Therefore Batman has master level training in of 127 different forms of martial arts, can bench press over 1,000 pounds, has educational degrees in Biology, Physics, Advanced Chemistry, Forensic Sciences, Criminal Science, Forensics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Engineering, Medical Sciences, Expanded Computer and Engineering Sciences, and Technology.
I bring these things up because they tend to be overlooked and not mentioned by most Batman vs______ Threads.
None of Ironman's qualifications tend to be overlooked in other threads)
Here are two great links for information about both superheroes:
Location: Neutral Modern Downtown Metro
The Image posted above is a picture of Gotham City. However this fight is not taking place in Gotham. I simply used this as an example of what type of city we are using for our battle location. The city in which Batman and Ironman are fighting is a city neither individual has ever been in before.
There is a city full of bystanders, lets say Over one million of them.
The cities Police may get involved. However the national guard will not.
Both Ironman and Batman will be in full character for this fight.
However they both understand that they must absolutely stop the other. In their thinking, if they do not stop their opponent, then the city would be destroyed.
Neither opponent is actively seeking to kill the other. (Obviously this is the case with Batman). Tony does not want to kill Bruce.
They key word above, is that they must Stop (not Kill) the other superhero.
Both Ironman and Batman will be given One Year to Prepare for the Fight.
They know who they will be fighting. But they must obviously research each other.
They may also opt to not prepare. Tony may very well believe that he can handle Bruce. While Bruce obviously needs to prepare to fight Tony.
Gear and Resources:
Both Ironman and Batman can make use of their full resources in order to prepare for this fight. This includes their full measure of wealth, allies and connections in order to prepare.
They both have full access to gear, including recent gear. Keep in mind that Batman has recently showed the ability to create and use Armored Suits, See Below:
And then look at Ironman's Hulkbuster:
While Batman's armour, (as seen in the picture above [which is from the New 52]), is not comparable to the Hulkbuster, it does show that Batman has the capability to create armoured suits.
We could also point to the armour Batman developed to combat Superman, as seen in the Dark Knight Returns. There are other versions of we could also look at, but this is enough to give us a rough idea.
Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne cannot obviously destroy the City. Neither can use Nuclear weapons (that should be an obvious issue, but still...)
Both fighters must fight the other one on one. They cannot call in any help. They are also restricted from creating any robots/androids to fight alongside them. This must be one on one.
However both may use any available vehicles.
In order to win the loser must be stopped. They may brought to within an inch of his life, if not absolutely killed.
Starting Locations Within the City:
After their Full year of Preparation, Batman and Ironman enter the city, not knowing where the other superhero is located. They must seek each other out.
Who will win?
I really dont think it is best for me to add my opinion as to whom I believe will win this encounter.
So I leave it up to you guys to decide.
Who will win Batman or Ironman?