@toratorn: Was there any context to that showing? Something tells me that Batman isn't supposed to be capable of fighting for 20 years non-stop alongside Diana.
The only context is that they're fighting in a realm where they don't age and one hour in the regular world is a year there. So by the time a day had passed, it'd been over twenty years for them. I'm pretty sure Diana picked up a lot of slack for Bruce, though.
I don't think Darkseid was putting much effort into his hits, if we're talking about instance from Wonder Woman #44-45. He was pretty casual the whole time and even then managed to put Diana on her knees with a casual backhand. Hell, he managed to do that in his younger, weaker form too.
Your link shows the first hit in the fight; Darkseid gets more serious the longer it goes and the more Diana hits him (she puts him on his knees with an uppercut at one point). Darkseid gives her some pretty full hits and it didn't slow her, though he generally looks pretty casual when he fights. He's just got a douchebag attitude. He got stabbed in the eye and wouldn't let up with that posture.
Also, it's not like Darkseid was amped by Zeus and other gods' energies. He was just getting his age back by absorbing their energies.
I'm willing to think that the gods were just catalysts, but then I don't know why their souls would remain if they're not doing much anymore. There's also precedent to Darkseid gaining power through absorbing the souls of gods, seen in "Death of the New Gods" with his Soulfire form. Plus, in Vol 7 where this Diana vs Darkseid fight occurred, a big story tick was that the old gods (Greeks) and the new gods were compatible.
Superman as god of strength was underwhelming. Ultraman one-shot him with a backhand IIRC.
He didn't have much time for feats but the story said that he arose because of the cosmic vacuum created by the gods' deaths (same thing that happened when the old gods died and released the godwave, which created the new gods). Ultraman didn't knock him out, so idk how that's a one-shot. Knocking someone a long distance away is far from winning.
Consider that members of Phoenix Five are strong enough to effortlessly stop Thor's hammer mid-swing and that Namor himself almost tore Red Hulk's arm off with a casual motion on that very page:
I can see Superman doing the same if he stopped the swing early at Thor's wrist.
A couple of posts above I have posted scans of Ben tanking hits from Devourer, a monster who was significatnly stronger than Thor and Ben combined. And these aren't even all occasions of Ben taking hits from someone this powerful.
Sooooo Diana has comparable durability then because she tanked Darkseid who's also a teambuster.
I doubt he is stronger than GoS Superman, or Superman at all. He was stalemated by base Rebirth Superman, after all.
Alright. Remind me, how strong is Darkseid supposed to be in New 52?
Strong enough to 1 v 1 the Anti-Monitor and force him to bring out the Black Racer to win, match Zeus without being fully grown, completely trashed and ripped Hellbat apart (forged in the sun and made of god metal), stopped a boom tube from closing (this is REALLY hard in case you're unfamiliar with DC feats, Orion said it should've been impossible during New52 WW), Lex was slapping Mobius around with Darkseid's Omega Force, and Darkseid breaks chains made of magic somehow.
Ben was a wrestling champion, is skilled in jiu-jitsu and judo, as well as has years of experience fighting opponents as tough or tougher thanhimself.
Considering how easily she can throw and grapple equally strong people one-armed, and grapple with weapons, it's really not a reach to say that she's become more skilled in her thousands of years than a wrestling champion whose had a normal life span (plus Greek pankration really did the whole wrestling dirty thing since the BCs).
Also, I'm not even sure Diana can fully block Ben's hits with her bracers. Ben's hands are pretty damn big, and he also utilizes legs while fighting.
Aren't big, visible things easier to block? If you're talking about the potential pushback, I'm pretty sure that Diana's fight with Damage shows that she doesn't just crumple over like tissue paper.
Speed is equalized here.