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Hollywood Prediction

Batman vs. Superman

Batman and Superman in an epic showdown! Which franchise is more successful?

February 7, 2011

By Scott Croco

Batman  vs.  Superman

These longtime DC Comics characters are favorites the world over. Who out there doesn't know Superman or Batman at this point? Both franchises have produced classic comic book character films that are beloved. But which franchise has proven more viable?


Batman Superman
8 # Films 5
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Hits Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980)
Batman & Robin (1997) Flops Superman III (1983)
Superman IV (2003)
Batman Forever (1995) Notable Superman Returns (2006)


Commercial Success Score is based on adjusted box office numbers, calculated using domestic box office dollars, average ticket price in release year, U.S. population, and tickets purchased per capita.

Batman leads in both total adjusted box office and average adjusted box office with films The Dark Knight and Batman as the lead earners. Superman has done well financially too, with Superman and Superman II.

Edge: Batman

Critical Success Score is based on critics' scores as aggregated on Rotten Tomatoes and user scores from IMDB.

The best reviews in the Batman franchise go to The Dark Knight and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The best reviews in the Superman franchise go to Superman II and Superman. Unfortuneatly for Superman, the franchise also includes Superman III and Superman IV.

Edge: Batman

Miscellaneous Score is based on Academy award nominations and wins, number of films, appearances on AFI lists, and inclusions in the National Film Registry.

The Batman franchise (15 noms, 3 wins) literally triples Superman (5 noms, 1 win) in Academy Awards. The Dark Knight (8 noms, 2 wins) being largely responsible for Batman's success in this category. You won't find any Batman or Superman films on AFI lists or in the NFR.

Edge: Batman

Final Verdict! Final showdown score is the sum of the three categories' scores.

Superman is arguably the more iconic superhero, but Batman has fared better at your local theaters. I expect both franchises to continue producing movies, so this battle could continue for a long while.

Winner: Batman

Franchise Score F Rtng CS BO* ABO* BOS AN AW MS
Batman 49.70 8 67.3% 16.6 2123 303 29.2 15 3 3.9
Superman 32.52 5 58.2% 9.5 1301 260 20.7 5 1 2.3
* In Millions of Adjusted Domestic Dollars

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