This one was obvious. I think that the Batcave is the coolest hideout in all of comic books. Built under his mansion, the Batcave is a series of subterranean caves. It was a way for slaves to travel when escaping during the civil war era. It’s home to American Brown Bats, which are feed by Alfred. Bruce uses the caves as a sanctum, that he also uses to fight war on crime. Batman is able to monitor Gotham and the world. It’s most important equipment is the supercomputer that is on par with national security agencies. It connects to major information networks, stores massive amounts of data, and can connect to satellites. The “Bat-computer” is considered to be one of the most supercomputer systems.
Batman keeps his collection of ancient armor worn by Knights, nomads and Samurai in the Batcave. It also has facilities such as “crime lab, various specialized laboratories, mechanized workshops, personal gymnasium, a vast library, parking, docking and hangar space for his various vehicles as well as separate exits for the various types, trophies of past cases, a large bat colony, and a Justice League teleporter.” The Batcave has a “subway rocket” that allows him to travel via the Gotham Rail System, allowing him to get to Gotham City quickly. The cave is often powered by a nuclear reactor or a hydro-electric generator. The Batcave is safeguarded against earthquakes and a nuclear catastrophe. It’s rumored that there’s a “Lazarus Pit” in the Batcave but that claim hasn’t been proven.
Finally, the Batcave is home of memorabilia from villains. It features a full-sized T-Rex, a large U.S. penny and a Joker playing card. Batman has kept “Two-Face’s original coin, Deathstroke’s sword, the shroud of the Mad Monk, a collection of the Penguin’s deadly umbrellas, a Joker laughing fish, one of Harley Quinn’s popguns, a Scarface dummy, Bane’s mask and Venom tank, Mad Hatter’s top hat, the Red Hood’s domed helmet and original costume, Maxie Zeus’s lightning weapon, and an over-sized collection of bowling ten-pins.”
I’m a New Yorker so my natural affinity is for Metropolis, also the crime rate in Gotham seems a little too high. One of the largest cities in DC, Metropolis is the home of Superman. First appearing in Action Comics #16 on Sept. 1939, Metropolis is a massive city in the Northeastern part of the US. It’s close to Gotham City and is considered to be prosperous. Joe Shuster modeled the skyline after Toronto, but Metropolis looks and feels like NYC. In the comics Metropolis is said to have a population of 11 million.
It’s origins date back to 1542, when navigator Vincenzo Gnanatti discovered the region. Metropolis has six boroughs, eight neighborhoods, four waterways, four parks and of course is home to the Daily Planet. It’s home to heroes, Superman, Black Lightning, Booster Gold, Supergirl and Superboy. It’s also home to villains, Bizarro, Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Doomsday and Toyman. Nicknamed “The Big Apricot,” like New York City’s nickname “The Big Apple.” Unlike Gotham, that’s built on manufacturing and shipping industries, Metropolis is build on it’s tech industry.
Two words “Jokerized Batman.” You really can’t go wrong with that. If you been following this challenge then you know Batman is my favorite DC superhero and the Joker is my favorite villain, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love the “Batman Who Laughs.” Created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the Batman Who Laughs hopes to assist Barbatos (a Dark God), in “plunging the entire Multiverse into darkness.” He also wants to kill the Justice League, infect Gotham City with Dark Matter and end all life. He has managed to end life on Earth-22. Before becoming the Batman Who Laugh, he was the Batman of Earth-22. He was kidnapped and drugged by the Joker. The Joker went on to destroy Gotham, kill Jim Gordon (by dissolving him in acid), blew up several Gotham City buildings all while Batman watched.
Enraged, Batman broke free. He brutally beat the Joker and snapped his neck. A “nano-toxin” began to seep out of his mouth, resulting in Batman breathing it in. Even though the Joker managed to get Batman to “break his one rule,” Batman refused to become like him. In the Batcave, Superman tells Batman that one of the Jokerized children tore on of the doctors throats out, Batman laughs. The toxin slowly changes Bruce’s mind, becoming more and more Joker like. He eventually snaps killing the Bat Family with machine guns, then killing the Justice League (except Superman). After destroying most of the world, Batman meets Barbatos. He informs Batman about the “nature of the Dark Multiverse,” and asked him find his counterparts to form the Dark Knights.
When they arrive on Prime Earth, the Batman Who Laughs take over Gotham. He gives several of Batman’s enemies cards made of “Cosmic Metallurgy.” Theses cards allowed the supervillain to alter reality. They use these cards to take over parts of different areas of Gotham. The Batman Who Laughs thinks more like the Joker but with the logical aspects that made Batman so great. Basically Batman with the morals of the Joker. He’s brilliant, sadistic and arrogant. He believes he always can win against his enemies. He has all the training of the Batman from Earth Prime, knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of all the villains and superheros in DC. The Batman Who Laughs combines the two most influential characters in DC, Batman and the Joker, creating one of the most deadly villains in DC comics.
Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) was a founding member of the Justice League of America, where she meet Green Arrow (Oliver “Ollie” Queen). Their friendship became romantic and when Arrow quit the League to work in Star City, she joined him. Together the engaged in heroics, defeating Sinestro and helping Speedy with his withdrawal from drug addiction. When Green Arrow accidentally killed a civilian, he abandoned his Green Arrow persona and left Star City. When Black Canary was badly injured and in dire need of a blood transfusion, Ollie was located at an isolated monastery. He was willing to return home only after being told of that Canary’s life was in danger. Later, they setup a flower shop called Sherwood Florist, while continuing to fight crime. About to turn 43, Oliver wanted to marry Black Canary and have children.
However, Dinah decided against it, citing their dangerous life. Black Canary was kidnapped by a drug dealer, tortured and rendered unable to use her “Canary Cry,” and have children. In response, Green Arrow killed the man. They would eventually break up after she caught him kissing their assistant Marianne. However, they would eventually marry. Unfortunately, it didn’t last, as their marriage ended after the end of “Fall of Green Arrow.” Black Canary and Green Arrow personalities are polar opposites. Arrow can be ill-tempered and Black Canary is more reasonable. They even share the same rare blood type. Like many comic book characters they have been subjected to the whims of various writers. Due to rectons, altering their relationship many times. Regardless, their relationship feels real, especially because their both superheroes.
This was a contest between the villains of Batman and Superman. To choose which of the class of villains I preferred I wrote a list of the top ten (in my opinion) villains for each of them. Then I compared each villain to another on the other lists. Superman’s villains won by 6-4. My choices are in bold:
The Joker /Lex Luther
The Riddler /Darkseid
The Penguin /General Zod
Mr. Freeze /Toyman
Killer Croc /Lobo
Poison Ivy /Metallo
So won do you think has the best villains, Superman or Batman? Does another DC hero have better ones? Let me know.