10 Incredibly Badass Batman Comic Moments

By Merrill Hagan in Comics, Daily Lists
Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:01 am
Batman has been around for 71 years and has appeared in thousands of comic books. Even now, in any given month, you can pick up Batman and Robin, Batman, Batman: Streets of Gotham, Detective Comics, and Batman Confidential, all of which star Batman in some form or another, and that's not even including the multitude of series that feature other prominent Batman characters and the metric ton of books that Batman guest stars in every month. Not too shabby for an angry orphan with no super powers.

It's no surprise that Batman is overflowing with awesome moments, and that's before you take into account the movies, TV shows, videogames and novels featuring the Dark Knight. So we're not going to try. We're going to limit ourselves to the comics (but not just in-continuity ones). And we're not pretending that this is his 10 most badass moments ever, because, like we said, 71 years -- and lord knows how many moments you'd tell us we missed. So here are 10 absolutely badass Batman moments... but not necessarily the most badass. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments.

Daily list suggested by Zortt1.

10) Batman Pwns Green Lantern
The Justice League is furious at Batman's methods of fighting crime and for using a young boy as a sidekick. Batman, of course, has no super powers, even in Frank Miller and Jim Lee's alternate All-Star comics. So, when Green Lantern tells Batman he needs to talk with him, the audience was expecting a knockdown, drag-out fight. Instead, they were treated to an eerily calm Batman, painted in all yellow, sitting in all yellow room, and drinking a glass of refreshing yellow lemonade. The whole scenario pissed off Green Lantern, maybe because he felt like Batman wasn't taking him seriously. Or more likely, because his power ring has no effect on yellow objects. Which just goes to show, if you're fighting the Goddamn Batman, never let him take you to a second location.

9) Batman Ends the KGBeast
The KGBeast is the Ivan Drago of Batman villains. He can do everything that Batman can do, only better and more Russian. Throughout the series, the Beast is constantly one step ahead of Batman in his plan to murder 10 prominent Americans. And even if Batman catches the Beast, the Dark Knight is informed that it is unlikely the Beast will ever be punished, due to diplomatic immunity laws. When Batman finally confronts the KGBeast in the sewers of Gotham, the brawl is nasty. Batman is gashed open several times and the Beast loses an eye. But Batman gains the upper hand with his immense knowledge of Gotham by tricking the KGBeast into a room with no outlet. When the KGBeast challenges Batman to enter the room and end the fight, Batman instead locks the Beast into the room, presumably allowing the mass-murdered to starve to death. It is the most cold-blooded Batman has ever been and it would have ranked higher except the Beast was retconned into having a much longer and dumber life of villainhood.

8) Batman Punches a New God
Forager, from the New Gods, never got any respect, especially from Orion. The New Gods treated his race as second class and Orion dismissively nicknamed him "Bug." But when Batman was broken and defeated by a living aspect of the Anti-Life Equation, Forager sacrificed his life to save both Batman and ultimately the Earth. When Orion treats Forager's death in a cavalier manner, the badly wounded Batman risks his own life by punching The Dog of War in the face. "His name was Forager," Batman remarked over the humbled New God. Batman had never seemed so honorable.

7) Batman Pwns Evil Batman
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Prometheus is almost the villain equivalent of Batman. After watching his criminal parents get shot down by the police, he trained his body and mind to be in peak shape. But Prometheus had one giant advantage over Batman. His helmet is attached to his nervous system, allowing him to download whatever information or skills he needs directly into his body. In their first meeting, Prometheus was able to overpower Batman by downloading the skills of several top martial artists (including the Batman himself). The fight was so decisive that most of Batman's incredible beat down happened off panel. On their second meeting, Batman revealed that he had tinkered with Prometheus's helmet, forcing the villain to accidentally overwrite his advanced abilities with the motor skills of Stephen Hawking. You can call Batman's move cheap and you can call it cheating, but you can't call it ineffective.

6) Batman Decks Guy Gardner
The Bwah-ha-ha era of the Justice League had officially started and, ironically, the first order of business was to shore up Batman's awesomeness credentials. Back in the days when Guy Gardner was even more insufferable than he is now, he had a serious problem with Batman leading Justice League International. For five issues, Guy bitched and moaned about how he should be in charge. Finally, Batman goaded Guy into a fight to settle things between the two. The result is a comic book classic.
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