Batman or Superman: Who is more popular?

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#1 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Superman. Superman and Batman. Two of the greatest superheroes of all time. Everyone knows who they are, how they do things, who the fight, and what they fight for. With the millions of fans out there, just who is the more popular one?  
 
The Man of Steel or The Dark Knight?

#2 Edited by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is the most known Superhero, everyone knows who he is...But Bats unfortunatly is more popular.

#3 Posted by Calvin (3479 posts) - - Show Bio

People like more what TV tells them to like. So they like Batman better.  

#4 Posted by Dracade102 (8167 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is more well known, but Batman has a bigger fan base

#5 Posted by HannibalKing (50 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, I'd say Batman is more popular, I think he just has certain advantages over Superman in today's world.
 
1) Batman is a human being. I'd say there is bias in his favor there. Of course, he's not as human as people like to think, considering a lot of his feats, but hey, this is the comic book world.
 
2) People are a lot more cynical now, so I'd say they'd gravitate more towards Batman than Superman. Heck, Superman being "too good" is right up there with Superman being "too overpowered" as to why people dislike Superman.
 
3) Batman's like a super-ninja. Everyone loves ninja.
 
But hey, these are just my opinions, maybe they're wrong.

#6 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@HannibalKing said:
" Yeah, I'd say Batman is more popular, I think he just has certain advantages over Superman in today's world. 1) Batman is a human being. I'd say there is bias in his favor there. Of course, he's not as human as people like to think, considering a lot of his feats, but hey, this is the comic book world. 2) People are a lot more cynical now, so I'd say they'd gravitate more towards Batman than Superman. Heck, Superman being "too good" is right up there with Superman being "too overpowered" as to why people dislike Superman. 3) Batman's like a super-ninja. Everyone loves ninja.  But hey, these are just my opinions, maybe they're wrong. "
I agree. I still favor Supes though. But yeah this quoted post pretty much sums it all up on why Bats is more popular... 
 
I might want to add.. Some non-Americans prefer Batman cause Superman is "too American" for them... Truth, Justice and the American way kinda stuff. Just as Spidey is preferred (plus being relatable like Bats) over Captain America.
#7 Posted by Son_of_Magnus (15258 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman but they are clsoe

#8 Posted by Sexy Merc (42071 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd say Superman, but not by much.

#9 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dracade102 said:
" Superman is more well known, but Batman has a bigger fan base "
#10 Posted by conformist21 (413 posts) - - Show Bio

people know superman more but like batman better

#11 Posted by tensor (4095 posts) - - Show Bio

superman is a icon an the most popular comic icon ever created

#12 Posted by Superguy1591 (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

Everyone knows Big Blue. He's the most iconic character in comicbooks, but thanks to Nolan and Burton Batman has been more popular. 
 
Superman was great in the late 70s early 80s, but people refuse to let go off the Donner movies which do not relate to a modern audience. Burton made Batman relevant in the 90s, then Nolan reinvented the character for the 2000s. Also, Batman is dark and broody which people seem to think is cool now a days, while Superman is bright and optimistic which people seem to think is "f@ggy"

#13 Posted by johnny_spam (2035 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman is in my mind they should be equally popular but Batman is more popular then Superman.

#14 Posted by Vitality (1762 posts) - - Show Bio

Does it matter? 
  
They are two of DC's big three. It matters not who is more popular.
#15 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@Vitality said:
" Does it matter?   They are two of DC's big three. It matters not who is more popular. "
To fanboys like me it's quite a big deal.. I don't know why.. It just is... Ehehehehehehehe!
#16 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@Vitality: It doesn't matter to me, I was just wondering. I personally love them both the same. 
#17 Edited by PumpkinBomb (493 posts) - - Show Bio

"Batman" is the 187th most-visited Wikipedia page as of 2009. "Superman" is 1171st.

#18 Posted by BraveToaster (26 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman

#19 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio

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#20 Edited by Hoboseid (1022 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman by miles, fans, comics, video games, cartoons, block busting movies...way more followers and popular 
Superman is better known cos he's that iconic first red caped flying hero look, but he's so out of season and no longer in fashion. He's one old ass dusty icon who hangs out in old people's homes. Superman's best days of popularity where during the days when Hendrix, the Beatles were playing or when China first went Red or when Hitler was destroying Europe 
The coolness of Superman is part of the past, its like music your granny used to listen to but no kid would be caught dead listening to that stuff today
 
Superman has kinda got stale and lame. Smallville had an ok idea to go back to basics, revamp the image of Clark Kent and was doing ok in tv ratings but its one tiresome soap opera to watch  
 
Spidey and the Bat kill Superman, way more popular and way better writers 
plus Spidey and Batman got way better looking babes to hang out with 
 
oh yeah and Singer's Superman Returns was dreadful sh*t

#21 Posted by Reactor (2485 posts) - - Show Bio

This isn't even a question. Superman is unarguably more popular and famous than Batman, despite Bats enormous popularity. Batman is famous, and his recent movies have spiked that indeed. But Superman is a bona fide American icon, and is without a doubt the most easily and universally recognized comic book character and superhero in the entire world.
 
He's an at least limitedly known figure in virtually every major and minor land in the world, from Russia to China to Israel to Afghanistan to Ireland to Australia to Egypt to almost anywhere else you can imagine. Superman is know nearly everywhere in the entire world. Outside the western civilization, Batman isn't.

#22 Edited by mrtrickster (2307 posts) - - Show Bio

at this time, batman.

#23 Posted by War Killer (20102 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it's a pretty good tie, some could say that Superman is more well known, but I think most people know who Batman is just as much as they know who Supes is. But I think if it comes to who do people like more, it's Batman, I mean he's Batman for crying out loud! xD

#24 Posted by brc2000 (1679 posts) - - Show Bio
#25 Posted by Theodore (3445 posts) - - Show Bio

Bats at the end of the day.

#26 Edited by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

Out of the two, I prefer Bats ;) 
 
and yes, Batman is way more popular nowadays than Superman.

#27 Posted by Jodin20723 (79 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman most known.... Batman most Popular
#28 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@brc2000: Neat chart 
#29 Posted by ComicStooge (12428 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman is.
#30 Posted by I'maDC/ImageGuy! (1648 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman is more popular to the masses for multiple reasons. Superman on the other hand was in fact a shattered breaking power house until the fifties came around(thanks Frederic). Superman's popularity is went through the tubes for the public's misinterpretations and misunderstandings due to Superman's reputation/marketing from DC. Batman on the other hand has time on the lime light and gotten popular for how dark and grimm he is. Plus ask anyone why they like Batman and you'll get the generic answer "Because he has the best villians.".

#31 Posted by IrishX (2343 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman. I also don't think Superman is more well known.

#32 Posted by WW-Fan (2738 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is more known! Batman is more popular! sorry to say! i tottaly prefer Superman!.. i think Batman is way too much Overrated
#33 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio
@WW-Fan said:
" Superman is more known! Batman is more popular! sorry to say! i tottaly prefer Superman!.. i think Batman is way too much Overrated "
AWESOME!!
#34 Posted by mm24 (23 posts) - - Show Bio

it goes both ways, as of right now batman is more popular, but overall and throughout history superman is more popular.  and the recent movies have helped the bat.  but superman is a GLOBAL icon and a voice to everyone and the guys great for every generation. 
batmans good but he is not as legendary/iconic as superman, 
 supes sparked the comic book world without him there is not much of a batman, or any other comicbook superhero or villian  
 

#35 Posted by batman_is_god (1185 posts) - - Show Bio

When I was young, it was Superman. Now it is Batman. It has always been one pr the other since they were created in the 30's. They are both still the top two though, and will probably switch places again soon (within a decade).
#36 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@I'maDC/ImageGuy! said:
" Batman is more popular to the masses for multiple reasons. Superman on the other hand was in fact a shattered breaking power house until the fifties came around(thanks Frederic). Superman's popularity is went through the tubes for the public's misinterpretations and misunderstandings due to Superman's reputation/marketing from DC. Batman on the other hand has time on the lime light and gotten popular for how dark and grimm he is. Plus ask anyone why they like Batman and you'll get the generic answer "Because he has the best villians.". "
Very good answer. That's part of the reason why I love Batman anyway. Joker, Two-Face, Bane, and Riddler are my favorite villains from DC. They just happen to all be Batman villains, lol. 
#37 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024: No love for Supes =(?
#38 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@Primmaster64: No, don't get me wrong! I love Big Blue, but Batman's got the better villains. All in all though, if I had to read one comic for the rest of my life between Batman and Superman, I'd pick Superman hands down. 
#39 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024: I say this kinds of stuff, because I'm pretty tired of Batman.
#40 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@Primmaster64: Understood. He's been kinda overexposed throughout the years... More so than Superman anyway.
#41 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024: He has and Superman hasen't, he's barely shown anymore. When's the last time he had his own show?
#42 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@Primmaster64: Starring Superman only? It's gotta be Superman TAS way back in the 90's. And even that didn't compare to what Batman had in the 90's. So depressing =/
#43 Posted by entropy_aegis (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@WW-Fan:
And superman isnt overrated at al ?  just check the galactus vs silver age superman thread.and superman fans need to quit moaning on batmans popularity,supes has had plenty of exposure it simply comes down to writers even now
 JMS abandoned supes before even finishing his story,i guess batman is to blame for that.
#44 Edited by entropy_aegis (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@Primmaster64:
HUH he has had his show for the last 9 years(SMALLVILLE),he will be getting an animated movie in february,he was also featured in the apocalypse movie and mind you it was all about supes and kara, batman was just there to be a cheerleader. supes was also seen in public enemies,crisis on 2 earths,batman gets more exposure simply because people want to know more about him,superman on the other hand keeps getting his origin changed every 2 years.
#45 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024: Yeah, i know.
#46 Posted by rogue_mar1e (19833 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman :)

#47 Edited by MKF30 (11635 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman...always, but Batman is definitely second only to Supes. 
 
@enthropy, please...like GALACTUS isn't overrated? Are you even aware that SA Superman SNEEZED away an entire solar system by himself with ease? Yet...Galactus needs "heralds" to do his bidding and needs them to locate planets for him to eat.... Galactus takes forever just to eat one or destroy one...Superman did it in one shot, SNEEZE done...lol
 
Superman sneezed away/destroying an entire solar system that had a shitload of planets....some Marvel fans need to seriously do more research before posting on here...haters lol

#48 Posted by entropy_aegis (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
@MKF30:
So a guy whos favourite hero and villian are batman and darkseid is a DC hater pfft right,galactus is a cosmic, superman isnt, someone said that batman is overrated and overexposed,now this is true but it would have made more sense if it was coming from say a flash fan,but superman i'm sorry if the writers at DC cant do him justice it doesnt mean its due to batman love,they want supes to succeed more than we do.
#49 Posted by BreakingTheFourthWall (23 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024:
Because of the Nolan films, I think that Batman is more popular among younger people for sure. Though in pop culture in general, it is probably Superman.
#50 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@BreakingTheFourthWall said:
" @Gambit1024: Because of the Nolan films, I think that Batman is more popular among younger people for sure. Though in pop culture in general, it is probably Superman. "
That's probably true. The question is, how will it change once Nolan and Schnieder's Superman movie comes out? Will it outdo Batman's latest films?

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