May 14, 2010 | Chase Sagum | 122 Comments Due to the popularity of our Marvel vs. DC post, we have decided to stoke the fire even further by pitting individual characters from the universes against each other. After all, most of the debates have boiled to individual characters. So we decided to start with the two characters we feel are most evenly matched: Batman and Iron Man. Both are geniuses. Both are billionaire playboys who love their tech. Both are mere mortals. For all the comic noobs, here is the skinny on their histories, strengths, and weaknesses: BATMAN Alter ego: Bruce Wayne Synopsis: This child of a wealthy doctor saw his father and mother gunned down by a street thug and vowed to become a scourge to Gotham City’s criminals. He is trained in martial arts, criminology, and engineering. Strengths: Batman is a master of multiple fighting styles, a legendary escape artist, and the world’s greatest detective. Over the years, he has amassed a formidable array of weaponry, from Batmobiles to batarangs to robot suits. Weakness: Batman has no superpowers. He is as vulnerable to injury and death as any human being. IRON MAN Alter ego: Tony Stark Synopsis: Tony was the reckless, genius son of a wealthy military weapons inventor until he took shrapnel to the heart during an attack by terrorists. He created a robot suit and generator to escape from the terrorists and, in so doing, found his life calling as a one-man army. Strengths: Tony has been able to create technology to overcome nearly every obstacle that has come his way. His array of suits and their weapons technology makes him a formidable foe for even the highest-powered beings in the Marvel universe. Weaknesses: Tony has been prone to injuries, addictions, and health problems throughout his career. Ultimately, he is a mere mortal protected by technology. So now it’s your turn. Vote on who would win below. Tell us why in the comments below. [starratingmulti id=14] About the Author: Marcus Varner writes articles and blogs for Classes and Careers and numerous other sites. He earned a BA in English and a MBA in Marketing from Brigham Young University. He loves trivia, especially regarding comics, movies, books, science, and history.