Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, you would think all the Justice League members will have Marvel counterparts. Even if they weren't in The Avengers. Everyone agrees Senty would be Superman's. Thor would be Wonder Woman's. Quick Silver would be The Flash's. Namor would be Aquaman's. Yet The Dark Knight may have a lot of similar Marvel characters. There still isn't a definite answer to which one should be considered as Marvel's answer to DC's Batman.
Obviously one man can't truly do justice on such a complex comic book topic. I will list all the possible candidates for that glory. Despite doing a quick run down with them. I figured to make things more interesting by eliminating a character per a round. This will continue until we have only one left standing that's worthy enough to be Marvel's Batman. Basically in every round I will go straight into elimination. Explaining why this character shouldn't or couldn't be his true Marvel counterpart.
Let's meet all our contenders for the title of Marvel's answer to DC's Batman down below...
1. Captain America
Steven Rogers became a super soldier to protect the world from Nazis. After spending a century being frozen. He quickly went from a new member of The Avengers to become their leader. Captain America is skilled in many forms of material arts mastering some of them.
2. The Punisher
Frank Castle was a police officer to undercover cop to soldier. This guy lost his family & almost his life at the hand of criminals. Among surviving he decides to directly take out most criminals now known as The Punisher.
Kyle Richmond has a very similar experience to DC's Batman. Both grew up in rich families that had to deal with both their parents' death during their child hoods. Nighthawk wears a costume with some gadgets and learned several skills to fight crime.
4. Black Panther
T'Challa is a king of an country in Africa & married to X-Men's Storm. Mostly deals with important problems that could affect his country & the world. Just like Bruce Wayne, Black Panther set up stuff very similar. We're talking about a scary creature theme costume, some gadgets, rich as hell & a particular skill set. Black Panther did eventually join The Avengers.
James Howlett aka Logan is better known as the mutant Wolverine. He has several centuries worth of experience under his belt. Just like DC's Batman, Wolverine mastered most fighting styles. Both have a similar skill set with some clear differences. Wolverine is the weapon with his adamantium claws being insanely sharp. Most importantly Wolverine has been in The Avengers.
6. Iron Man
Tony Stark is a billionaire that decided after a particular event to become a super hero. A founding member of The Avengers. Iron Man has built his own equipment that's near close to impossible to recreate. Tony Stark made so many powered armors over the years. Batman does have an armored batsuit meant for powerful enemies.
Peter Parker was a high school student that got bite by a radioactive spider. His DNA infused with his to become Spider-Man. Let's be honest there's plenty of things Spider-Man & Batman has in common. Such as protecting a city from criminals, costume inspired by a creature feared by people & more recently is a member of an all stars super heroes team.
Matt Murdock was an attorney that got blinded in his child hood. Just like DC's Batman, his costume was created to put fear in criminals. Like Spider-Man, he too protects the city of New York often. He grew up learning how to fight that holds up incredibly well. After leaving The Hand clan, he became one of the absolute best fighters in his universe. Daredevil has his own unique weapon that is classified as several types.
9. Moon Knight
Marc Spector in most origin stories is a man that almost died. But upon his resurrection become the super hero Moon Knight. In almost every major category this guy has more than enough to be DC's Batman. Both their costumes are things you only see at nights. A good number of their gadgets is partly named after them. For example Batman has Batarangs while Moon Knight has Moonarangs. They share mostly the same exact skill set. Obviously there are some major differences. Moon Knight will kill people. Early in Batman's existence he used to kill people but not so much anymore.
Round 1: Origins
My first surprise you won't see coming is I decided in just this category alone to eliminate three super heroes. Although I have great reasons for removing them off the list. Also their origin story must lead to why they become super heroes in the first place. Of course adding that to matching up with DC's Batman.
Captain America wanted to be a soldier in the US army. Originally due to not being physically able & small size got rejected. Until a group of scientists gave him a formula through an experiment giving him his powers. Also in many areas lacks some of the major things Batman has.
Let's be honest this was doomed to happen. Wolverine has been alive for several centuries. Although he did mastered most fighting styles & shares some skills that Batman has. They're plenty of major differences that led to his elimination. Such as he prefers to go right in rather than use his head like some heroes. His claws are easily a type of weapon that Batman wouldn't use unless he was forced to.
Oh I see the angry rising fast over this elimination. Although there's so many things both Spider-Man & Batman got in common. They are very clear differences that made this decision easy in the long run. Spider-Man became a super hero after being bite by an radioactive spider. It wasn't a tragedy or simply forced to become a super hero. He clearly had the option to become one. In terms of technology, Peter had to borrow stuff from other people. Despite being a reporter, he doesn't have a lot of money. Finally the deal breaker was more major than that. Spider-Man prefers to taunt people rather than being silence in hopes of getting them to screw up. Clearly the opposite with DC's Batman in that regard.
Round 2: Costume Design
Game on I will eliminate anyone not even close to some way to DC's Batman costume. Which does make this a strict category for many reasons. Batman was one of the original comic book super heroes. Now it doesn't have to be exactly like his. All that costs is having some major things in common. Unfortunately by now some of you probably already guessed who will be eliminated next.
Tony Stark made so many powered armors. Yes Batman created a few variations of powered armor his own. In this particular category I am only comparing all Marvel characters to DC's Batman in their regular costumes. By doing that easily made Iron Man stand out like a sore thumb. His suits follow none of the basic ideas Batman had. Considering Iron Man does have access to powerful weapons mostly within his suits is another reason he got eliminated. Batman had to rely on help & his gadgets. If neither was able then he would have to do it on his alone. Tony Stark is no where near the fighting skills Bruce Wayne has. I think by now you are seeing why it had to go this way.
Round 3: Arsenal
Double the carnage by a surprise double elimination of super heroes. There is plenty of great reasons why this following category led to two of them instead of one. I figured to make this more fun than it wouldn't been if done by someone else. In this category, I am looking for those with similar enough arsenal to stick around. For the record it doesn't have to be a ridiculous enough. The two unlikely ones will be eliminated here shortly.
Frank Castle usually works with military equipment & weaponry. Although I could've excuse him from military equipment since it's similar to what Batman uses. I simply can't over look The Punisher using all kind of weapons including an Gatling gun. Obviously those are meant to kill people not temporary stop them or force them to surrender.
I am not eliminating Daredevil over a much smaller arsenal. No the real reason is his usual weapon although does count as several types. Mostly use on directly attacking people with some form of defense. Kinda similar to DC's Nightwing in that regard. However we aren't comparing these heroes to Nightwing. We're here to compare them all to the legendary Batman. Sadly Batman simply offers a lot more in just his arsenal.
Round 4: Fighting Crime
Everyone knows Batman often focuses on protecting the city of Gotham daily. Our three Marvel heroes should feel just enough the same way to survive this following elimination. Unfortunately after looking deeper into all three remaining candidates. Someone will be taken down in this category. Please don't take this personally guys.
Black Panther may helped saved the world & universe several times. But he usually deals with most threats if they could or has attack his country. Yes I could excuse him from times he is leading his people. At the same time since the other two choices has done in some areas more. I felt this was a surprisingly easy decision for this elimination.
Round 5: Whose's More Like Batman
It would be pointless to do a category around money. This final category has to truly bring it all home. I figured the best possible way to end it up is by doing a head to head comparison based on what I do know. By the end of the comparison has more in common with Batman wins the title.
Both got intense forms of training
Both has many things based on their symbol
Both saved the world & universe several times
Both are wealthy
Both prepare in advance
Both have been members in an all stars super hero team
Both wear durable armored costumes that were meant to scare criminals
Moon Knight never made a deal from Mephisto unlike Nighthawk
Taskmaster going after Moon Knight similar to Deathstroke doing the same with Batman
Although Moon Knight does kill, it still counts towards another older version of Batman
One alternate universe Batman does have a multiple personality while Moon Knight has several
Grew up in a wealthy family
Had to endure the passing of both his parents
Winner & Marvel's Batman
This was a very close decision that had so many ways it could play out. Thankfully after a closer look it became more clear. Who deserves the title as the True Marvel Counterpart of DC's Batman. Moon Knight has some great similarities with The Dark Knight that surprisingly Nighthawk didn't have. Batman has fought Deathstroke several times over the years. Moon Knight was able to become unpredictable for Taskmaster. Both Deathstroke & Taskmaster are mercenaries that have 90% of their brains unlocked. It is stated a very old version of Batman went around killing criminals. Obviously the direct opposite in today's world. Moon Knight is very similar to that version of Batman. Most versions of Batman would not become corrupt like many super heroes could under many situations. Nighthawk was tricked by a disguised Mephisto into being able to see in the future. Of course this led to something terrible happening. One crazy thing not a lot of people there actually exists an alternate universe Batman that had a multiple personality. In this universe, his other personality was The Joker that eventually led to his death. Moon Knight has several personalities that do alter some of his character traits to a degree. At one point both of them were members of an all stars super hero team. I could go on and on but it should be obvious by now why I chosen Marvel's Moon Knight.