Saturday, September 12, 2009

Grudge Match: Nerd Batman vs. Jock Batman



This is a Grudge Match™ idea I came up with a few years ago and kind of like: as we all know, Batman's success is based on the fact that he trained himself to become both the world's greatest jock and the world's greatest nerd, building his physical prowess and becoming, as Homer Simpson pointed out, a scientist.

So let's say some kind of evil science ray hits Batman (again) and splits him into his two halves, the jock side (with all his wacky martial-arts training and muscles) and the nerd side (with all his scientific knowledge and smarts). If these two Batmen fought against each other, who would win?

Nerd Batman (sometimes referred to as "BatNerd") has only average strength and speed, but is able to make all those elaborate contingency plans and anticipations of his opponent's moves. BatJock has only average intelligence, but has the ability to beat the crap out of nerds in silly costumes.



Who wins this archetypal brains vs. brawn battle?

7 comments:

Mikey Kolberg said...

My money’s on BatNerd as evidenced by this clip. Batman doesn’t have the physical prowess to fend off a shark in mid air (clearly out of it’s element), but instead must rely on his clever inventions (who else could have anticipated such an attack and been ready with the appropriate repellant spray?). It’s clear that his bat brains outweigh his bat brawn.

Nick said...

They wouldn't want to fight each other; more likely they would just team up and become a crime fighting duo.

Anonymous said...

Jock Batman wouldn't stand a chance.

Rick Roberts said...

Now this is an interesting match up. Everyone always splits between the 50's Batman and the grim, Frank Miller one. I guess Nerd Batman wins, he always has some sort of repellent.

Greg said...

Listen: Batman has defeated Superman on more than one occasion. Superman obviously has greater strength than even "jock" Batman, and presumably has the intelligence of an average American journalist...

Okay, I guess it's still an open question.

Anonymous said...

Jock Batman might have a good chance if he attacks immediately and uses his superior speed and creams Nerd Batman before he has a chance to think. If Nerdman gets a chance to think & plan & react, then he'll win. Unless Jocko gets just plain lucky.

Greg Stacy . said...

Yeah, nerd Batman wins, totally. Batman frequently takes down opponents who out-power him, because he can out-think them. Jock Batman would be toast.