Everyone knows and loves the Justice League, the heroes, and the villains alike, and everyone knows and loves Batman. Well, were you aware that there are quite a few Justice League members along with other characters that have actually beat up Batman? It may not seem likely given that Batman comes off as this super well oriented badass while simultaneously thinning the line between good and evil. But it’s actually true. Batman has had his butt kicked more times than he gets credit for. If you only know Batman from the movies, obviously you’d be surprised to find that he has actually been on the receiving end of a good butt kicking, but that’s part of what makes him more human than most superheroes. I mean, let’s be honest: If it were a competition of who is a better superhero based solely on their powers, Batman would probably be toward the bottom of the list. He’s within the same realm as Iron Man in that way. Money buys him his powers.
I guess you could also argue that part of what makes him the superhero he portrays is the fact that he defeats almost everything that comes in his way. But alas, as far as getting his butt kicked, it’s fairly well known that it happens quite often. So, I’d like to put forward 15 Justice League members, heroes and villains throughout Batman’s existence either in the comics or the movies, that have given him a really good butt kicking. If you’re a huge fan of Batman, I’m sorry you have to witness your pride and joy being thrown against a wall and beaten to a pulp.
15. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman has been considered countless times as one of the most badass female heroes the comic book universe has ever seen. Batman couldn’t even win in a fight against her. Due to her taking an oath to protect a woman in Gotham that is also a criminal, Batman then finds out and proceeds to capture the criminal in question. Wonder Woman being the powerhouse that she is, she then proceeds to find Batman and beat the crap out of him. Nothing says “you’ve been had” like throwing Batman out of a building. This isn’t the only instance of this as there have been quite a number of times where Batman and Wonder Woman have gone at it, and of course, Wonder Woman always came out on top. Batman can say what he wants about the fact that he has so many gadgets to his disposal, but even someone as rich as him has to realize that money doesn’t beat supernatural powers.
In Deathstroke #8 and #9, Batman pretty much gets his ass handed to him. You know why? Because in every way imaginable, Deathstroke is superior. In regards to his qualities, Deathstroke is not only better in intellect, but he’s also the fastest and strongest fighter on the planet. Although Batman is known to be in tip top shape, Deathstroke beats him in every regard. If you know nothing about Deathstroke, he’s basically what would happen if Batman were given superpowers. He has access to the likes of enhanced physical and mental abilities, a master of martial arts and hand to hand combat, and has access to high-tech weapons much like Batman. At the end of the day, if you’re looking for the Batman that is better than Batman in every single way, Deathstroke is the guy to look to. Plus, Deathstroke can destroy Batman in a fight with no need for a defense strategy.
Unfortunately, due to a common misstep with Batman, he’s often times finding himself ill prepared for a fight against another living being. In this instance, Clayface had the upper hand. In Shadow of the Bat #75, Batman had just captured Mr. Freeze (whom I hope people know of by now. No, not Arnold Schwarzenegger), and while that was taking place, Clayface shows up. Batman being as unprepared as he’s commonly found, he was beaten quite easily. The unique thing about Clayface is the fact that he takes the alter ego of several names: Matthew D. Hagen, Sondra Fuller, Todd Russells to name a few. With these alter egos, he also brings in several abilities like shape-shifting, power duplication, and the ability to melt people through contact. If I were in Batman’s shoes and Clayface showed up, I don’t think I’d be prepared to fight either. But, as it stands, Batman has lost a fight against him.
This really shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that once again, Batman is put up against someone with actual super powers. But yes, Superman has undoubtedly been the superior “hero” when put up against the man in the dark suit. This is shown in The Dark Knight Returns when Superman basically goes all out nearly destroying Batman’s suit, body, and soul. In other comics such as Superman/Batman #2, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, and Superman: Sacrifice, we witnessed Batman being man-handled by Superman nearly getting him killed in various forms. It’s the same way Wonder Woman is portrayed when put into a fight with Batman. In more ways than not, Wonder Woman and now Superman come out on top when in a fight with Batman. It’s not particularly surprising because…well, Superman has powers. This is the same formula we saw with Wonder Woman, but it’s the truth.
Let’s be honest – Bane is the man. It’s not entirely surprising that multiple times we’ve seen Bane get the upper hand both in the movies and the comics. For example: As shown in Knightfall, Bane wanted to break all of the inmates out of Arkham Asylum for the goal of causing Batman to nearly lose his mind trying to bring them all back into prison. Coincidentally, this allowed Bane to reign superior and take Batman down once he was good and tired. Of course, this was also displayed in The Dark Knight Rises when Bane made it his main goal to nearly break Batman. The movie saw Bane on top much like he should be displayed. The differing factor in this is that Bane doesn’t necessarily have a large quantity of super powers, other than his brutal strength. Unfortunately for Batman, brutal strength turns out to be a rather tough foe to combat.
Everybody knows the Joker and everybody loves the Joker. He’s shown up in more Batman related stories than one can count, and still to this day he’s known as this conniving and crime inducing phenomenon that people just love. The cool thing about the Joker is of course the added fact that every single time he does something bad, Batman has to then clean it up. We’ve seen it in the comics and we’ve seen it in the movies. Batman fights many enemies like Superman and the like. But for one reason or another, the Joker is easily the winner when it comes to really being able to dive deep into the skin of Batman. The added benefit once again is of course the fact that the Joker has actually beaten up Batman, but he’s gotten to Batman’s emotions and thoughts regarding good and evil more than any other foe has done before.
Although not so much taking him down in a fight, Nightwing is among the few and maybe even the only one that attempted to become what Batman currently is. Throughout the existence of Nightwing, Dick Grayson has taken on more forms than that. While Batman still existed in this time, Nightwing took the name of Batman, creating a side by side double Batman situation. Since this is a “who has kicked Batman’s butt” article, I can’t imagine the amount of turmoil both physically and emotionally that would cause Batman when looking at somebody else attempting to be him. At the end of the day of course, there can only be one Batman. But can you imagine what it’d be like to watch Nightwing-Batman take on Batman-Batman? I’d pay to see a fight to the death between the two of them. Interesting to say the least.
8. Green Lantern
Green Lantern may not be particularly famous in the movie world, but in the comic world it’s much different. But of course, much like many of these so far, he has undoubtedly found a rather simple way to take Batman down. We all known Green Lantern for the powers he possesses in his ring, but if you were to go up to somebody and tell them that he used the ring to beat up Batman, they’d probably laugh your ass out of the building. No, Green Lantern was basically fed up in the Green Lantern: Rebirth issue because Batman kept getting critical of Lantern Corps, and this led to Green Lantern working to find a way to take down Batman. He did so with a swift right-handed uppercut to the face. Now, just imagine getting a pretty powerful uppercut much like that from Green Lantern. No amount of money or gadgets could save you from the physical pain that would bring.
A common theme with these heroes and villains that take down Batman is simply this: they use brute force and strength over powers and gadgets. Once again, I reiterate that although Batman has the money and gadgets to keep himself at bay, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee a win for him in a fight. Aquaman and Batman don’t have a particularly great past, given that in Legends of the DC Universe #27, Aquaman takes continuous punches to Batman proving his overpowered demeanor over Batman. Throughout the years, Aquaman has been known to go for a more chokehold route toward Batman and takes the opportunity to beat the crap out of him. We’ve not really seen a proper Aquaman movie as far as I know, but if these instances are any indication, you can guarantee Batman will get his ass handed to him more times than we are comfortable seeing.
You don’t hear a lot about Hawkman these days. It’s either because he’s not powerful enough, or perhaps nobody is really interested in a man by the name of Hawkman. Let’s be honest, the name isn’t exactly terror-inducing or scary. Props to the creative name and concept though, I guess. But, as unpopular as Hawkman is, this hasn’t stopped him from being among the heroes and villains that have taken Batman down. During Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Hawkman is seen firing a net that captures Batman. I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t exactly worthy of being called “getting your ass beat.” Well, when Batman holds the reputation of being this mysterious and dark figure that can take on anything, you would think a net wouldn’t stand a chance. Of course, once again Batman is found unprepared and thus this allows Hawkman to have the upper hand. This is also evident in the fact that when Batman eventually escapes the net, Hawkman takes another throw at him, nearly smashing him into the Earth’s core.
I hope nobody out there is particularly surprised to find out that Catwoman actually gets the upper hand against Batman. I mean c’mon, a total babe against a macho rich man, who do you think is going to win? It should be no surprise that a lot of the anger providing a Catwoman v Batman vendetta is due to a failed romance. In Batman #355, Catwoman learns that Batman is now in a serious relationship with Vicki Vale. As any broken relationship would lead to, Catwoman does not approve of the new love and proceeds to take it out on Batman. This happens with the use of claws and other forms of martial arts. It actually gets to the point that Catwoman nearly slices his throat, but then finds a little piece of heart within her to keep her from doing it. Let’s be honest though, it’d be no surprise to learn that Catwoman actually kills Batman.
Let’s see, we’ve got Superman, Catwoman, The Joker, who are we forgetting? Oh! Of course, Batgirl! Now, as surprised as you may seem now, it’s not all too hard to believe that Batgirl can take down her male counterpart. In fact, it should be easy to understand. Batgirl actually has proved time and time again that Batman is outclassed against her, physically and potentially emotionally. In Batgirl #50, Batgirl and Batman got into a pretty intense fight, and as you’d expect, Batman relied heavily on his gadgets and rich demeanor in an attempt to take her down, but once again, Batgirl proved to have the upper hand. It proves once again that although Batman may have gadgets and a big lair and a lot of money, nothing can truly prepare you for a fight against somebody that can read body language and use it to her advantage. Batman has some serious training to do if he ever wants to defeat Batgirl.
3. The Hulk
There’s no doubt in my mind that this makes the most sense out of all the characters we’ve talked about today. The Hulk is just this super powered man of muscles, and someone like Batman will never have the accessibility to take him on no matter what the cost. I’d love to see a movie made out of this, but the only instance we’ve seen even a portion of Batman getting his ass beat was in Batman v. The Incredible Hulk. Batman had the extra job of dodging oncoming airborne cars and several differing situations dealt by The Hulk. Throughout the history of these two, Batman has found himself performing at an underwhelming level due to the Hulk managing to pin Batman to a wall. If any director out there is listening, a Batman vs The Incredible Hulk movie is something we never knew we wanted, but something that needs to happen as soon as possible.
No, I’m not talking about the guy living next door, I’m talking about the actual Predator. Y’know, the character from the movies? Anyway, believe it or not, Batman has seen himself face to face with the one known as Predator, and once again found himself overwhelmed and ill prepared. This just goes to prove my point even further that money cannot buy you the amount of defense you need to stay afloat. Predator may be one of the most overwhelming foes Batman has come into contact with, especially considering Predator has the ability to recover, and the ability to see heat signatures through its eyes. This is further seen in the Predator movies, so I highly suggest checking them out. Anyway, a fight with Batman not only allowed Predator to succeed in a very esteemed fashion but also to the fact that once the fight was over, the creature known as Predator barely had a scratch on him.
1. The Punisher
If the first thing you didn’t think about upon reading this was “well…duh!” maybe you need to re-look at what makes The Punisher who he is. But of course, we are brought to the number one spot on this list, and what better way to end it than with one of the most prominent figures in a fight against Batman. While The Punisher has had several victories against Batman, one specifically coming from Deadly Knights is worth mentioning. The Punisher has been described as bringing the most pain Batman has ever felt. But it’s not only physical. The Punisher is also a master of playing the mental card, specifically by causing Batman to protect the Joker. Batman had the choice to put a bullet into the Joker’s head, but with The Punisher playing with his emotions, Batman decided it was against his better judgement to shoot the Joker in the head, despite the Joker being Batman’s most prominent foe he’s ever encountered.