Batman and Katana from Beware the Batman or the Heroes in a Half Shell from Nick's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? The community has had the entire week to think about this brawl and, now that all of the votes are in, a clear winner has been determined. There's just no denying Bruce Wayne and Tatsu Yamashiro's talent, but in the end, the Comic Vine community thinks the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will win this encounter.
The Comic Vine community is pretty confident in their choice, too. The Ninja Turtles received 63% of the votes, while team Beware the Batman earned 32%. 5% believe this one is just too close to call. Key arguments which were made in the mutants' favor were obviously focused on their numbers advantage, capabilities as fighters as they've faced a variety of challenges, and teamwork. However, it's worth noting that the group usually doesn't have exceptional teamwork right off the bat (so not an intentional pun, I swear) and, keep in mind, they are still quite young. They'll work together eventually, but cohesive teamwork right when things get ugly doesn't seem too probable.
While Batman's skill wasn't too impressive early on in the show, it's worth noting his skill has seen a large improvement (e.g. wrecking Silver Monkey, facing Lady Shiva). His gear should also play a large role. His weaponry is varied and he was even able to temporarily restrain Metamorpho, a character with super-human strength, after all. So if he gets one of those grappling lines on one of the Turtles, that would definitely count as an incapacitation. Meanwhile, Katana's more than proven she can hold her own against multiple threats at once. She may not have feats up to par with Leonardo and the others, but she's not going to be a cake walk for anyone, either. Even if this team does lose in the end, they're going to definitely give the Turtles one heck of a fight. But that's just the thoughts of one Comic Vine writer playing devil's advocate, so let's go ahead and see what other people have to say abut this one.
Viner Argument of the Week for TMNT is by EvilPenguin543
"Batman and Katana. Why? Because he's Batman!
Just kidding. I think Team TMNT takes this one. They have years of experience fighting together and training as a team, whereas Batman and Katana have only been working as a team for a little while. Also, the Beware the Batman version of Batman isn't as skilled as other versions of him, so the four turtles could take him out, though it would be difficult.
Katana has the skills to be a threat to the turtles, as she has infiltrated the League of Assassins and had some training with them. If it came to a sword vs. sword fight, Leo could easily beat Katana. Leo basically grew up with a sword(s) in his hands. Leo has been shown to have the skill level to defeat Karai, someone who is stronger than Katana.
The landscape is one more familiar to the Turtles than Batman/Katana. Batman usually operates in a city with few people around, and even then he tends to drive his Batmobile (which is not available to him here) and fight in the streets. The Turtles are used to running (and skateboarding) on rooftops and know how to utilize that to their advantage.
Team TMNT wins this fight, though Batman and Katana will be no pushovers."
Sumalee Montano, the voice of Katana on Beware the Batman
"I love TMNT. I grew up watching them. That being said, Batman and Katana would totally win. Two experienced, hardened pros vs. squabbling teenagers? Remember, Katana infiltrated and evaded the League of Assassins, by herself. Her sword is one of the most powerful weapons on the planet (Hello? It steals people's souls). Plus Batman's utility belt dispenses pizza...."
"Normally, I'd give Batman a lot more credit -- but this Dark Knight, while certainly someone to be wary of, is new to the game. The TMNT, while a bit goofy, can lose their pupils and get down to business as a team. Four young and more than competent ninjas, I'd say, have the edge over a Bat at the early end of his career."
If you took time to vote or post in the debate, please reward yourself with a pat on the back or a cookie of your choice -- you've earned it. Now, this is usually where there's a teaser for next week's battle, but -- brace yourself -- there won't be one due to the holidays. But fear not, there will be a poll next week. For what, though? Well, you'll just have to check back on Monday to find out!
Previous 'Comic Vine Battle of the Week' results
- Daredevil vs. Nightwing (Winner: Daredevil)
- Ultimate Captain America vs. Deathstroke (Winner: Deathstroke)
- Arkillo vs. Hulk (Winner: Hulk)
- Snake Eyes vs. X-23 (Winner: X-23)
- Moon Knight vs. Red Hood (Winner: Moon Knight)
- Catman/Deadshot vs. Bullseye/Punisher (Winner: Bullseye/Punisher)
- Aquaman vs. Thing (Winner: Aquaman)
- Deadpool vs. TMNT (Winner: Too close to call)
- Movie Black Widow vs. TV Green Arrow (Winner: TV Green Arrow)
- Movie Batman vs. Movie Dredd (Winner: Movie Dredd)
- Predator vs. Boba Fett (Winner: Predator)
- Luke Cage/Iron Fist vs. Scarlet Spider/Venom (Winner: Scarlet Spider/Venom)
- Cardiac vs. Hobgoblin (Winner: Hobgoblin)
- Gambit vs. Nightcrawler (Winner: Nightcrawler)
- Sinestro vs. Wonder Woman (Winner: Wonder Woman)
- Zombie Apocalypse Scenario (Winner: Deathstroke)
- Superior Spider-Man/Hobgoblin vs. Wolverine/Omega Red(Winner:Wolverine/Omega Red)
- Marvel vs. DC Dodgeball Scenario (Winner: Marvel)
- Bloodshot vs. Daredevil (Winner: Bloodshot)
- Movie Faora vs. Movie Thor (Winner: Thor)
- Elektra vs. Shredder (Winner: Shredder)
- Marvel vs. DC Paintball Scenario (Winner: Marvel)
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