So... I had an interesting discussion with a friend that brought up this scenario. What if a handful of some of the best street-level/non-meta-human characters in DC and Marvel had to face off against each other in a gladiatorial match, taking into consideration things like leadership and team dynamics?
Specifically, with the following characters:
Each team selects a "leader" by virtue of merit; Batman, for the DC team, and Captain America for Marvel. No prep time, no prior knowledge on who they are fighting against. However, members of each team are given a telepathic link to each other, so they may seamlessly communicate regardless of how far they are.
Scenario 1: Battle takes place in a walled-off futuristic abandoned city, 4 square km in area. This "arena" consists of many run-down buildings and urban elements, including a few standing skyscrapers, and contains benign jungle flora that's grown out due to centuries of abandonment. Everyone gets their standard equipment.
Scenario 2: No standard equipment, and no special costume-specific features. However, the battle now takes place in a smaller, sealed off coliseum, with medieval/feudal weapons such as swords, axes, shields, throwing knives, spears, and bow and arrows available for the combatants to choose from before entering battle.
Morals are on, but let's raise the stakes and put the fate of their respective worlds in these heroes' hands. They fight with the belief that the losing team has their Earth's entire population wiped out.
Having said all that, how do you guys think this would turn out? What roles do you expect to be assigned to the different characters, and how do you think the characters would 'pair off', if they even decide to do so?