Comparing Batman with Spider-Man is difficult. They face different level threats for different reasons, with different powers and different tactics. And both get the job done. No matter what they are both superheroes. One could argue Batman isn’t a superhero; that a superhero needs super powers (hence the super. ) Others could say that without his powers, Peter Parker isn’t a hero. Merriam Webster defines a superhero as: “a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; also: an exceptionally skillful or successful person.
They’re both fictional. One has superhuman powers. The other is exceptionally skilled and successful. So in turn; they are both superheroes. We can fantasize over all their similarities and differences and what a showdown between the two would end like, but at the end of the day the only thing you can judge the two on is their ethics and morals. Spider-Man, through his trials and tribulations, is the more selfless of the two. Spider-Man can attach to most surfaces, has superhuman strength and is roughly 15 times more agile than a regular human (Marvel).
His spider-sense is a warning detection system linked with his other abilities, enabling him the ability to evade most any injury. The combination of his acrobatic abilities and webs enables his speedy travel. Batman has a numerous number of gadgets he built himself that he relies on when fighting. He’s pushed his physical abilities to their absolute limit. An Olympic-caliber athlete with a plan for every occasion, Batman always seems five steps ahead (DC). He’s mastered fighting styles from all over the world making him an expert in hand-to-hand combat.
In terms of raw ability, Batman is the clear winner. “The World’s Greatest Detective” has a knack for the element of surprise and preparation making him the best equipped for any danger he may face and is still just human. If he had Spider-Man’s super powers one could argue he’d be the better hero. With superhuman strength, agility, and spider-sense Batman could do a lot. In fact, if Batman had Spider-Man’s powers they would be extremely similar in terms of how they tackle a threat since the only difference between the two would be Bruce Wayne’s massive wealth and Parkers bigger intellect.
Parkers’ intelligence is often neglected when talking about his powers and is cited as being just as gifted as Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic) and Tony Stark (Iron-Man. ) Recently (as of late 2011,) Parkers actually has a job where he can design tech for his alter ego. Making various technologies that show him fighting smarter than harder (he even dons his own utility belt. ) And he’s become a revolutionary inventor creating such things as a chamber that can instantly freeze and preserve what’s inside it and instantly unfreezing it afterward (he adapted in a way that it could be useful for organ transport. Bruce Wayne’s riches can’t be ignored either though. He alone as a philanthropist has a huge effect on the city of Gotham.
He’s a man of influence already and aids various charities to benefit the city. His word is valuable to everyone as he’s one of the most respected men in Gotham. In many ways he’s like a Tony Stark without the suit. But the end result would be VERY different given the reason the two took arms as superheroes. Batman effectively is a vigilante. He fights to rid Gotham of crime, since “crime” is what took his parents from him. He’s vengeful.
Disturbed. He doesn’t kill because doing so makes him the very thing he set out to stop. Spider-Man on the other hand fights for the good of the world. After losing his uncle Ben to someone who he easily could have stopped, he learned that he must use his power s to the benefit of everyone; but never to kill. To him, everyone he fights could be someone’s uncle Ben, aunt May, or Mary Jane. Batman fights with vengeance. Spider-Man fights with compassion. In that, Batman fights with a more specific purpose; his guideline is the law more than anything.
Whereas Spider-Man acts on his morals, that if someone is clearly being wronged, he must help. Should the law ever be twisted and clearly advocate something that puts another at a disadvantage, then Batman could be on the opposite side of justice. A villain. A great case-in point is that Batman won’t jump into a burning building solely to save someone. He’d do it to catch a criminal or save someone who he loves. Whereas Spider-Man sees it as his responsibility to do so, because he knows that that person is important to someone somewhere.
Not to say Batman would necessarily ignore someone’s cry for help, but he wouldn’t go out of his way to do so. His goal isn’t directly to save lives. It’s to stop crime, which in turn would save lives. Which is opposite of Spider-Man whose goal is to save every life he possibly can. He’s even brought a Doctor Octopus post-apocalyptic scheme, terminally ill, about to drown, to safety (Amazing). He adopted a mantra; nobody dies. So, Spider-Man is the more selfless of the two heroes. He fights for the good of the people and to preserve life wherever he goes.