Posted at 11:00 AM Mar 17, 2010
By Jill Pantozzi
In honor of DC Comics' 75th anniversary this year, Entertainment Weekly decided they were going to end the age-old debate about who was better, Batman or Superman. While there really is no need to pose that question in the first place (Batman is superior to all), they took it deeper than just who would win in a fight. Who's more popular? Who's got the cooler costume? They don't actually give an answer but either way, it really has become an overused debate. So, what about their lady counterparts?
Batgirl and Supergirl are two of the most popular superheroines out there, but they get far less coverage than their muscle-bound mentors. Maybe it's because there have been too many versions of them. Betty Kane, Barbara Gordon, Helena Bertinelli, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown have all been Batgirl. Supergirl is far more confusing, having had not only Superman's relatives, but protoplasmic life forms and genetically engineered humans act under the title. Kara Zor-El, Matrix, Linda Danvers and Cir-El are all considered Supergirl. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. For the sake of argument let's keep it to the basics: (pre-Oracle) Barbara Gordon versus Kara Zor-El, who's better?
The facts: Batgirl is human, that means no superpowers at all. Supergirl is Kryptonian and has flight, heat vision, super hearing, strength, speed, stamina, etc. Batgirl was trained mostly by Batman and utilizes similar bat-weaponry, has a genius-level intellect and photographic memory. Supergirl was guided by Superman but also spent time training in hand-to-hand combat with the Amazons and comes with a normal teenage brain. They've both been in terribly unsuccessful films yet are depicted in equally adorable Barbie dolls. It's a tough call.
What do you think, guys and Dolls? Who'd win in a fight and who's more popular with fans? I certainly love Batgirl, but Supergirl takes this one for me easily. Batgirl, while a great character, was never depicted as having Batman's unique skill set. She's got a happy-go-lucky mindset and isn't known for being prepared for every eventuality like the Dark Knight. Supergirl, on the other hand, has those alien powers and doesn't hold back with them in a fight. Even with kryptonite, I can't see Batgirl ever getting the upper hand on her. Plus, the movie may have been bizarre, but Helen Slater WAS Supergirl. Can't say the same for Alicia Silverstone...