For decades, Batman has been one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture. The caped crusader has been featured in comic books, film, and TV shows, inspiring a generation of followers to emulate his style and fight crime. However, it’s not just the presence of Batman that makes him appealing. The character’s vengeful nature and devotion to justice are attributes that speak to a broad audience, making him a formidable opponent for any villain.

Whether you’re a long-time fan or have recently discovered the dark knight, it’s undeniable that Batman has transcended generations and become a pop culture icon. Thanks in part to the success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which introduced a younger generation to the character, Batman is now more popular than ever before. With tickets to the upcoming Dark Knight Rises selling out across the country and fans camping out for a chance to see the caped crusader in the flesh, it might be time for a change in ownership. Who’s the better batman—Robert Pattinson or Batman? Let’s dive into comparing the two and finding out which one reigns supreme.

The Pros And Cons Of Batman

Unlike many other movie stars, Robert Pattinson has never played a superhero, which means he’s never had to fight against type. While this might seem like a hindrance on the surface, it actually works in his favor. With Batman, Pattinson doesn’t have to prove himself; the character has already been established. The pressure is instead on the actor playing the villain, who gets a chance to be the bad guy and show off their dramatic range.

For those unfamiliar, Batman was first introduced to the world in the 1930s, in what was then known as the “Detective Comics”. Since then, the caped crusader has graced the screens of moviegoers across the country, starring in some of the most significant films of all time, including the Batman series and The Dark Knight. As mentioned by Entertainment Weekly, due to the Batman’s success, “there has never been a ‘best’ or ‘worst’ Batman.” Instead, the character has been consistently successful over the years, which has made him one of the most recognizable names in pop culture.

A Comparison Of Size

One of the most prominent differences between the two is relative size. As opposed to the massive Batman, whose intimidating silhouette can be an obstacle for would-be criminals, the much more diminutive Robert Pattinson could conceivably sneak up on a Talib on “American Idol” and shout “Surprise!” before knocking him out. It’s not that the star is weak—far from it—it’s just that he’s more vulnerable than the average person.

In 2011 alone, Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Jack Bauer (24), and Billy Bob Thornton (Hacksaw) were all noticeably smaller than Batman, yet they still managed to hold their own and even overpower the caped crusader in some cases.

Strength

Besides size, another factor that influences how difficult it will be for an actor to fight Batman is the actor’s strength. How much could Batman possibly bench press? Let’s take a look.

In terms of raw strength, it’s not even close. According to this infographic by Comicbook.com, the caped crusader is more than 17 times stronger than the average person. That’s a lot of weight to be carrying around. No wonder Bane could take him down in under two minutes. Or why the Riddler could toy with him for so long.

However, this doesn’t mean that Robert Pattinson is completely defenseless. The fact is, he’s pretty tough. He’s starred in a number of acclaimed independent films, as well as The Twilight Saga, so he must have some grit. Just ask Taylor Lautner about his experience working with the actor.

Durability

Another thing to consider when comparing the two is how durable they are. Will Batman be able to take a punch, or will he crumble under the pressure? Let’s take a look.

According to most accounts, Batman is indeed quite durable. For instance, in 2009, the New York Times wrote an article about the challenges of playing Batman, and how the character is built to take a punch. Not only is he “harder to kill” than many other superheroes, but he can also maintain consciousness after being shot several times. (This is due in part to his “exoskeleton” of thick muscles, which keep his bones protected. So, when he does die, it often doesn’t come as a total shock to the audience.)

Even if he were to take a punch from the Incredible Hulk, which he probably wouldn’t, it’s unlikely that he would break down. Remember: this is a character who spent a good portion of his life in a virtual prison, isolated from the world. It’s not like Bruce Wayne ever got a chance to go on a date or something.

Access

Another important factor to consider when comparing the two is how accessible they are. It’s one thing to have raw strength and durability, but it’s another to be able to demonstrate it. How easy is it for the average person to put on a Batman costume and become the caped crusader? This factor will have a lot to do with the actor’s ability to embody the character.

As we’ve established, Batman has been featured in a number of films and TV shows over the years. Due to his immense popularity, it wouldn’t be difficult for an actor to find a way to portray the character. The downside is that it might not be the best fit for them. For example, if you told someone that you were an aspiring actor and were interested in portraying Batman, they might laugh you out of the room. It’s a pretty tall order, especially since the last thing this world needs is more superheroes.

Clothing

Another important factor to compare when considering this comparison is Batman’s clothing. What does he usually wear? Let’s take a look.

As you’d expect, Batman likes to keep his identity a secret. So, when it comes to what he wears, it varies from film to film. However, in almost all cases, Batman is shown wearing a black suit with a black cape. In fact, according to a number of sources, including Wikipedia, the Dark Knight’s uniform is mostly black with the occasional red highlight. (It should also be noted that Batman doesn’t wear a mask. He believes that it hinders his vision, and thus, his performance. So, he rarely if ever wears one.)

While we’re on the topic of clothing, it should be pointed out that the outfit isn’t made entirely of black. In fact, Batman was originally depicted as a blue vigilante. Over the years, however, most fans have accepted his black attire, making him one of the most recognizable figures in pop culture.

Special Effects

One of the major differences between the two is special effects. While Batman has always had elaborate visual effects, it wasn’t until recently that the character started receiving CGI. Which version is better—the real deal or the computer-generated variety? Let’s take a look.

You’ll remember that Nolan’s Batman trilogy was heavily influenced by practical effects. That is, the special effects were supposed to look realistic. It was as if the cameras weren’t even there. If you are familiar with these types of effects, you’ll know what I mean.

Over time, as technology evolved, so did the special effects. Now, it’s quite common to see Batman with a full-blown CGI cape blowing in the wind or a cloud of dust rising behind him as he runs. Depending on the film, you’ll either choose to love or hate these types of effects. If you’re one of the few that still prefer practical effects, it’s quite frustrating to see how far they’ve fallen in today’s movie industry.

Overall Impressions

To wrap things up, let’s sum up the major differences between the two. First off, Batman is the overall winner. Not only is he stronger than the average person, he’s also more durable and has superior access to police training. He’s also quite the fashion plate, wearing a variety of suits and having a complete wardrobe to choose from.

However, as we established, Robert Pattinson is quite the accomplished actor. He’s starred in some of the most significant films of our time, including The Twilight Saga and the upcoming Divergent, where he plays opposite Shailene Woodley, whose character is loosely based on the late teen idol. So, if you’re looking for an underdog tale, where does that leave Batman? Well, that depends on what you think is more important—talent or physical appearance?