It is an age old question, one that has and will continue to dominate school playgrounds and comic-book stores. It will divide friendship groups and ignite heated arguments lasting for hours on end. “Who is the best superhero?” Is it the Man of Steel? The Worlds Greatest Detective, or Weapon X himself, Wolverine? Well the brainiacs over at the University of Leicester have spent seven years using “scientific principles” to analyze the feasibility of different heroes’ superpowers to determine once and for all, who is the very best.
Well, it may come as no surprise that the years of their research has determined that Superman is the “number one candidate” for the best superhero, thanks to things such as his “high energy output” and “explosive powers.” And the internet explodes. But what about Wolverine and his regenerative abilities, or Batman and his contingency plans for about absolutely anything? You’ll be happy to know that Wolverine sits in second place for precisely that reason and his “protective exoskeleton.” As for the Caped Crusader? Well he is ranked in seventh place behind the likes of Mystique, The Flash and Spider-Man for his lack of superpowers, and is even labelled by the students as the “most ill-equipped superhero.” The cheek! Below is the table that sees the heroes ranked.
“Though his cape proves to be a vital utility when gliding in comic and media depictions, the student-led research suggests that when gliding Batman reaches velocities of around 80km/hr – which could be fatal upon landing,” states a University of Leicester press release relayed by ComicBookResources. “This inability to perform even the simplest of superhero feats suggest Batman would struggle to get off the ground, let alone save Gotham from the likes of The Joker and Bane.”
Well, may we point these university students to the superb DC Comics animated movie Justice League: Doom that sees Batman’s plans to takedown the Justice League come into effect, all be it in the hands of the wrong people. What say you now science? You can read the pro’s and con’s of each superhero determined by the University of Leicester students here.
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