Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Clay Enos—DC Comics/Warner Brothers

The Battle Between Batman and Superman Already Has a Winner

Mar 24, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in theaters March 25, marks the first big-screen face-off between the superheroes. But a closer look at ticket sales shows there's already a winner: the Caped Crusader. The eight Batman theatrical releases brought in an average of $362 million, compared to the nearly $268 million average haul from the six Superman films.

The most successful Batman film ever is 2012's The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as the Bat, with $646 million. The Man of Steel came closest behind in 1978, with Christopher Reeves' Superman, raking in $499 million, adjusted for inflation. The only question that remains—beyond who will win Dawn of Justice's superhero showdown—is whether Will Arnett's Lego Batman can keep up.

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