I’ve waited for this for too long. And now, it’s finally happening. Tomorrow sets the stage for DC’s two biggest superheroes to finally fight it out in one grand battle—probably the World War I of the entire DC Universe—that would define who the real deal is.
From the start of its marketing campaign, we’ve all seen leaked pictures, fan theories and even insane Superbowl ads. We’ve all been asked to choose a side (same thing as to what Civil War is making us do, though I’m #TeamCap all the way) between the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel in this war of belief and ideology, and that’s exactly what I did. When the time comes for me to sit down in that theater tomorrow to watch the greatest superheroes who had impacted my life, I will firmly stand with Batman no matter what the cost. C’mon, let’s all face it: he has all the odds of losing this fight, and this makes my love for him to grow even more as I respect a good and noble underdog.
But before I go any further, I want to make this clear: Batman is MY superhero, more than any other superhero ever. That being said, one of the main reasons why I would always take his side when he faces off with Supes comes from the fact that he has always been at a disadvantage. Now, I can yap all day long about Batman’s intelligence and his amazing ability to strategize and even the odds of him being able to get his hands on Kryptonite, but at the end of the day, Batman would always be on the losing side. Not that I’m calling him a natural born loser (like many others out there whom I could name one by one), it’s just that no matter what happens, win or lose, this fight will not matter to The Dark Knight. It never has, and it never will.
Batman is aware of his disadvantages. Going back to his numerous fights and brawls with Superman over the years in the comics, he knows it by heart. From The Dark Knight Returns, to the recent installment titled Batman: Endgame, Bruce’s inner dialogue would always reflect on how profoundly more powerful Supes is, as well as the necessity for them to end their fights quickly because prolonged combat would ultimately lead to Superman winning the fight. Bruce Wayne knows that standing up to Kal-El is like an ant standing up to a bear; he knows that very much but he suits up anyway ‘cause it’s a fact that the battle is bigger than himself.
Now don’t get me wrong, even though I hate Superman, I still have the utmost respect for him as a superhero because he’s almost always on par with the magnitude of any kind of threat facing planet Earth. In the animated movie Justice League: War, Batman even admitted that Superman is the “big gun” of the Justice League (but let me get this out there: Cyborg does not deserve to be in the JL, nobody gives a fuck about him). No other Superhero can go head to head with Darkseid. But on the other hand, I can at least grasp the mentality of a man who’s trying so hard to keep up with these gods. Imagine all the stress and pressure, right?
In the midst of all the crazy catastrophes that has happened in the DC mythos, Batman remains the sole human character. Sure, he’s got more training, skill and resources that I could ever dream of having, but in the end, he’ll always be the human who wants the best for his own people. In 2013’s Man of Steel, Jor-El told Superman that as a symbol of hope, the people of Earth will race behind hime, stumble and fall (which is a pretty self-glorifying statement). But Batman represents the man who puts his foot down and tells God that humanity will find hope in itself, never in the sky.
And so, the reason why I’m siding with Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is because whether he wins or loses, The Dark Knight would always represent what it truly means to be human, to be real, to be us. He is the representation of the ideas of human perseverance, resourcefulness, resilience and courage against impossible odds. Batman is not a walking ideal—he’s a man trying his very best to show what humanity is capable of.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25.