There’s no denying the staying power of Batman. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the Dark Knight first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939 and hasn’t slowed down since.
Whether it be on the panels of countless comic books and graphic novels or on TV and movie screens in both live-action and animated form, Batman has made a name for himself not only as one of the most popular DC Comics characters, but as one of the most popular comic characters period.
Since the tragic passing of his parents, Bruce Wayne has made a vow to uphold justice to the best of his ability. This means having his finger on the pulse in the crime world and knowing how to combat it. Batman has no shortage of martial arts skills, intellect, and gadgets to employ in his battle for justice.
Almost as beloved as Batman is his rogues’ gallery of classic villains. Opponents like The Joker and Two-Face have kept the Dark Knight more than busy all these years. Despite the number of near-even standoffs Bruce Wayne has had over the years, there have been some blowouts. Many Batman villains, and even other DC heroes, have gone toe to toe with the Bat in totally uneven circumstances.
Given the target Batman seems to have on his back, it might be a smart idea for him to pick his battles a little more carefully.
With that in mind, here are 10 DC Characters Stronger than Batman (And 10 Weaker.)
20 DEATHSTROKE (STRONGER)
Deathstroke has been picking up some real steam lately. While the supervillain has been popular amongst comic readers for years now, his recent inclusion in 2017’s Justice League and the talk of a standalone Deathstroke film in the works, Slade Wilson seems to be infiltrating the mainstream.
Deathstroke was discovered by the Army for his strength and speed. He was scooped up in hopes of developing a super soldier, so we know he’s strong. But not everyone knew just how strong Wilson was in the 1990’s Deathstroke series.
Issues 8 and 9 of Deathstroke saw the villain square off against the Batman in a fight that sent the Dark Knight down for the count in no time.
19 GREEN LANTERN (WEAKER)
There have been several Green Lanterns throughout the years, we’re specifically talking about Guy Gardner here. Most popular throughout the ’80s and into the mid-90s and still popping up in more recent comics, Gardner’s time wearing the ring far from finished.
One of Guy’s notable appearances as the Green Lantern was in the 1987 Justice League #5. In this issue, we see Batman and Gardner come to blows, or should we say blow.
Guy hardly finishes his threat to kick Bruce’s butt before the Dark Knight takes him down with one punch.
With Hal Jordan holding his own against Bruce in more recent Green Lantern/Batman meetups, we’ll have to see what the future holds for these two.