Opposite Day

I woke up in the middle of the night with a nagging question. What is the opposite of Batman? Then I got to thinking. Who’s the opposite of Superman and Wonder Woman? What I learned is that I’m too engrossed in the DC multiverse and I should probably take a step back (though I don’t see that happening. So, here’s what I came up with…

1 - Batman = Joker, though my brain made a good argument for Superman

  1. Superman = Bizarro, obvi

  2. Wonder Woman = Ares

  3. Jason Todd = Dick Grayson

Who are you opposites? Feel free to add


Opposite Batman is Bruce Wayne if his parents survived, a spoiled rich kid


Yes!! That never occurred to me. Maybe I just assumed he’d outgrow that phase because his dad was batman too😋

I don’t believe Thomas Wayne was ever Batman before Flashpoint except possibly in an "imaginary’ story or two.


In his book, Supergods, Grant Morrison argues that Superman and Batman are opposites:

“Batman, then, may have been a construct, but he was an immaculate construct, precision engineered to endure. Batman was born of the deliberate reversal of everything in the Superman dynamic: Superman was an alien with incredible powers; Batman was a human being with no superhuman abilities. Superman’s costume was brightly colored; Batman’s was grayscale and somber with mocking flashes of yellow. In his secret Clark Kent identity, Superman was a hardworking farmer’s son who grew up in small-town Kansas, while Batman’s Bruce Wayne enjoyed life as a wealthy playboy—an East Coast sophisticate descended from old money. Clark had a boss; Bruce had a butler. Clark pined after Lois; Bruce burned through a string of debutantes and leading ladies. Superman worked alone; Batman had a boy partner, Robin, who wore green briefs, a black mask, and a yellow cape. Superman was of the day; Batman was of the night and the shadows. Superman was rational, Apollonian; Batman was Dionysian. Superman’s mission was the measured allotment of justice; Batman’s, an emotive two-fisted ask-questions-later vendetta.
Superman began as a socialist, but Batman was the ultimate capitalist hero, which may help explain his current popularity and Superman’s relative loss of significance. Batman was a wish-fulfillment figure as both filthy-rich Bruce Wayne and his swashbuckling alter ego. He was a millionaire who vented his childlike fury on the criminal classes of the lower orders. He was the defender of privilege and hierarchy. In a world where wealth and celebrity are the measures of accomplishment, it’s no surprise that the most popular superhero characters today—Batman and Iron Man—are both handsome tycoons. The socialist and the socialite, the only thing Superman and Batman could agree on was that killing is wrong.”


I absolutely love that you woke up with this on your brain. DC fans are awesome!


Batman has some very literal opposites too. Prometheus, Wraith, etc.

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Even Zsasz could be considered an opposite of Batman/Bruce. Wealthy family, parents die, and turns murdering sociopath instead of vigilante.


@a.ton - I know. In most stories he was a stand up kind of guy though.

Honestly, I would have went with Supes instead of the joker…except the killing thing (which is one of the important thing). Plus, I mostly thought that opinion was just my dislike/distrust of Supes.

@JLWW - there were other DC related things too but too many hours have passed and I’ve forgotten them.

How interesting!

Well in All Star Superman when supes was in the Bizarro world, There was the opposite justice league. Flash was slow, and Supes was wondering bruce was. Then Supes realized that an opposite batman is a bruce if his parents lived.