Batman vs Darkseid sounds like a complete mismatch on the surface, but considering the nearly impossible feats that the caped crusader has accomplished before, it might not be as much of a lopsided battle as you’d think. Batman is a phenomenon unlike any other in the history of comic books. Perhaps more so than any other character, people like debating about who he can and can’t defeat. Today we’re going to take a look at the powers, skills, and abilities of Batman and Darkseid, and see if the world’s greatest detective has what it takes to take down a New God.
Batman was born Bruce Wayne to wealthy parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha and lived a life of wealth and privilege from birth. However, his good fortune would come to an end when his parents were murdered right in front of him in an alleyway by small-time criminal Joe Chill after a trip to the theatre. This tragedy would set young Bruce on a path to becoming the legendary superhero Batman.
The most notable characteristic of Batman is that he has no actual superpowers. Instead, he relies on gadgets, martial arts, and his intelligence to fight crime. Being rich helps as well since he’s able to fund the construction and maintenance of various high-tech pieces of equipment such as the Batmobile, Batplane, and Batcomputer.
Over the years Batman has had many notable adventures and has teamed up with a variety of other superheroes such as Wonder Woman, Superman, the Flash, and more. Unlike most other heroes, Batman is well known for his pragmatism. While he tries to avoid killing if he can, his methods are oftentimes viewed as harsh and unrelenting. That said, Batman has also been known to show mercy on occasion as well.
Batman has also had many feuds with criminals from his infamous “rogues gallery,” such as Bane, the Joker, and the Penguin, just to name a few. Though mainly a “street-level” superhero, Batman has taken on vastly more powerful opponents, usually during his team-ups with other superheroes. Despite being just a normal human, Batman has shown himself capable of using all of his resources and intelligence to come out on top against opponents that outclass him in virtually every way.
In an alternate universe, there was a war among the Old Gods. Taking advantage of this Darkseid stole the powers of the fallen gods and deemed himself to be a New God. He spent the next few eons ruling his dystopian planet Apokolips, and occasionally feuding with his brother Highfather.
Eventually, Darkseid decided that he wanted to conquer Earth and nearly did just that defeating Superman and many other superheroes. However, quick thinking on the part of Batman allowed him, Superman, and Cyborg to send the tyrant through a portal and back to his home planet. This would become a trend as Darkseid tends to be much too powerful to simply defeat through sheer brute force. Instead, heroes end up taking him down using strategy, cunning and exploiting his own overconfidence.
Darkseid’s most prominent characteristics are his lust for power, and his desire to enslave literally everything in all existence to his will. He is a complete sociopath that doesn’t care about anyone or anything but himself. Darkseid also has no problem sacrificing his vast armies to achieve his goals or even destroying entire planets just to spite someone like when he wiped out the entire population of his home planet just to make a point to his brother. On top of this, the tyrant seems to have an unquenchable sex drive as well and has fathered many children including a daughter named Grail who was raised specifically for the purpose of killing him.
Batman: Powers & Abilities
Batman is just a normal human being but makes up for this with intense physical and martial arts training, a variety of gadgets, weapons, and equipment, and one of the sharpest minds on the planet. Here’s a list of the caped crusader’s powers and abilities:
- Peak human physical conditioning
- Master martial artist
- Gadgets and weapons
- Expert driver/pilot
- Master escape artist
- Investigative skills
- Master of disguise
- Expert stealth skills
- Computer hacking
- Business management
- Genius level intellect
- Master marksman
- Incredible willpower
Physically speaking, Batman is the pinnacle of the human species. This applies to strength, speed, agility, and even his senses. He’s the best of the best in all of these areas as far as normal humans go. He’s also one of the best martial artists on the planet and is often described as the “world’s greatest detective,” for good reason as well. Bruce is a genius that can conceive of extraordinarily complex plans and strategies. He’s also great at thinking on his feet, and can quickly adapt to practically any situation.
A lesser-known ability of Batman’s is his dabbling in occultism. While he dislikes magic, he knows a few spells, mainly to counter Superman if he were to ever go rogue. Batman’s most potent spell is the ability to summon a powerful suit of magical armour that makes him strong enough to take on characters like Superman and Bizarro.
Batman also has access to a wide variety of gadgets, vehicles, and weapons. In fact, his utility belt carries an estimated 140 items. However, Batman’s best piece of equipment is his Hellbat suit. This suit allows Bruce to fight on the level of gods, and he even fought Darkseid to a stalemate with it one time. The main drawback here is that the suit quickly drains his metabolism and could kill Bruce if he overuses it.
Darkseid: Powers & Abilities
Being a self-proclaimed New God, Darkseid has god-level powers and abilities that surpass even powerful characters like Superman. Let’s take a look at what this maniac is capable of:
- Multiversal entity
- Evolutionary perfection
- Enhanced intellect
- Virtual invulnerability
- High-speed regeneration
- Superhuman speed
- Superhuman stamina
- Superhuman strength
- Omega effect
- Omega beams
- Darkness manipulation
- Gravity manipulation
- Time manipulation
- Dimensional travel
- Power absorption
- Size alteration
- Skilled hand-to-hand combat
- Leadership skills
As you can see, Darkseid is crazy overpowered. He is a god-like being after all. Most notable here is the fact that the Darkseid we see on screen or in the pages of the comics is just a fragment of the “Godhead,” Darkseid’s true form which is an evil multi-universal entity. This means that killing “Darkseid” doesn’t amount to much of anything since his true form still exists in an alternate dimension.
Physically speaking Darkseid is a beast, possessing vast superhuman, speed, strength, and stamina. He’s also got a mind to match his brute force, being a highly evolved cosmic being that can perceive the workings of the universe on a level incomprehensible to mere mortals.
On top of all of this, Darkseid has a variety of other superpowers such as the ability to manipulate gravity, darkness, and even time. He also has telepathy, allowing him to attack his enemies’ minds from other dimensions. Transportation isn’t a problem for Darkseid either as he can open dimensional portals to any point in the multiverse at will.
Perhaps Darkseid’s most infamous power is his Omega Beams. These beams fired from his eyes use the Omega Effect, and lock onto his target with pinpoint precision. They’re powerful enough to harm top-level heroes such as Superman and fast enough to catch speedsters like the Flash. The most interesting thing about them though, is that anything destroyed by Darkseid’s Omega Beams, including entire planets, can be recreated by him with a single thought.
Batman’s biggest weakness is that he is just a normal human with no actual superpowers. However, this rarely comes into play considering the fact that he has so many strategies, weapons, and equipment at his disposal. In fact, this might even be to his advantage since opponents have underestimated him because he has no powers.
If Batman has any real weakness, it’s his mental state. It doesn’t take a psychologist to figure out that the caped crusader is mentally ill. While his exact conditions have never been nailed down, Bruce displays signs of PTSD, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, paranoia, and even Dissociative Identity Disorder at times.
Savvy criminals such as Bane and Joker have taken advantage of Batman’s mental state by waging psychological warfare against him, wearing him down mentally before making their big move. In Bane’s case this was incredibly effective as it allowed him to gain the upper hand in their fight, and famously “break the bat,” crippling Bruce for a time.
Being a god-like being, Darkseid doesn’t have very many weaknesses. However, all New Gods are vulnerable to a substance called Radion. Typically used as a blast, or a bomb, it is highly toxic and can kill even New Gods such as Darkseid.
It is also with mentioning that Darkseid can be harmed by his own attacks. This has been shown when Superman caused Darkseid to be hit by his Omega Beams, and when Batman shot him with a special bullet that Darkseid had previously used to kill another New God, Orion. He’s also been killed by the Black Racer, an aspect of Death he tried to weaponize.
Another weakness of Darkseid’s is the fact that he tends to be extremely overconfident. Despite his vast intellect and careful planning, he oftentimes underestimates his mortal foes. This has led to him being defeated in many situations when he could have won if he had taken things more seriously.
Batman vs Darkseid: Who Would Win in a Fight?
So as we’ve already gone over, Batman and Darkseid have battled to a stalemate before when Batman was using his Hellbat suit. Batman has also defeated Darkseid using his own god-killing bullet. This being the case, does Darkseid have no chance of beating Batman?
Let’s ignore the fact that Batman is DC Comic’s biggest earning character, and that they write him to be overpowered so that they can make more money. However, even stripping away Batman’s “plot armour,” like when he went toe-to-toe with Wonder Woman in hand-to-hand combat, or when beat up the speedster Reverse-Flash, Batman has so much going for him that even a god-like being such Darkseid can be taken down by the caped crusader under the right circumstances.
But, what about a straight-up one-on-one fight between these two characters? Give Batman his Hellbat armour, his magical summoned armour, his weapons, his gadgets, his vehicles, and his martial arts skill. Can he still win? The answer is no. Darkseid’s powerset is too great. He can imprison Batman in a time warp if he wants like he did to Constantine. He can also straight-up mentally attack Batman from another dimension if he wants, or he could manipulate gravity to simply crush Batman.
There are tons of ways that Darkseid could easily kill Batman if he got serious about it, but that’s the catch. You see, Darkseid rarely fights at full power. Whether it’s because he’s just too overconfident, feels that it is beneath him, or because he enjoys toying with his prey, we may never know. What we do know however is that he rarely ever brings his full powerset to bear on an opponent. The stalemate he had with Batman in the Hellbat suit could have been over in an instant if he had used all of his powers, but he didn’t.
This is Batman’s biggest advantage in taking down Darkseid, the fact that Darkseid will give Batman time to come up with a clever strategy to beat him. Batman knows he isn’t going to beat Darkseid in a one-on-one fistfight through brute force alone, so he’s going to have a plan. Maybe he’ll throw Darkseid through one of his own portals. Maybe he’ll hit him with a Radion bomb. Maybe he’ll trick him into getting caught in his own timewarp, or getting hit by his own Omega Beams. He’ll figure something out. He always does. Because he’s Batman.
So in the end, we’re giving this battle to Batman because of his resourcefulness, and Darkseid’s overconfidence. We don’t know how Batman is going to win this fight, but we know that he will. Love it or hate it, Batman always wins, so always bet on the Bat.