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Episode 36 - DC vs Marvel! Two peak-condition human beings who fight for justice, now in a fight to the death! Who will win?
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Batman VS Captain America is the 36th episode of Death Battle, featuring Batman from DC Comics and Captain America from Marvel Comics in a battle between peak-conditioned powerless superheroes.

Interlude

Wiz: Defending the weak from powerful agents of evil demands a champion who has achieved the peak of human capability, all in the name of justice. And sometimes vengeance.

Boomstick: Batman, The Dark Knight.

Wiz: And Captain America, The Sentinel of Liberty.

Boomstick: He's Wiz and I'm Boomstick.

Wiz: And it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win... a Death Battle.

Batman

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Molossus
by Hans Zimmer
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Wiz: Throughout the underworld of Gotham City, one name strikes fear in the cold, black hearts of even the most hardened criminals: The Batman.

Boomstick: But becoming a six-foot flying rat of vengeance comes at a cost. For eight-year-old Bruce Wayne, it was helplessly watching as his parents were gunned down in front of him on the way back from the theater. That poor kid... that Opera really must have scarred him.

Wiz: Bruce's genius-level intellect and physical prowess allowed him to pick up a vast array of skills on his global journey to become the Dark Knight. He became an expert in the art of disguise and a master of every fighting style known to man. He's perfected escape artistry, sword fighting, detective skills, stealth, has a photographic memory, earned 12 master degrees, an expert marksman and is vastly knowledgeable in pressure points.

Boomstick: And we're positive he's not superhuman?

Wiz: Officially, no he's not, but he has learned to appear so in the minds of his opponents.

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Batman TAS Main Title
by Danny Elfman
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Wiz: Having been trained by the League of Assassins, Batman's greatest weapon is fear.

Boomstick: All it takes is a glimpse of that pointy-eared shadow and criminals start shaking in their boots. He can disappear and reappear in an instant thanks to his mastery of stealth and the high-tech gadgets he keeps in his Utility Belt, like his batclaw grappling hook, smoke pellets, tons of different batarangs, and... shock gloves.

Wiz: Hey, don't underestimate the shock gloves. They release a charge powerful enough to penetrate Kevlar, and even stop the heart of one of Batman's most powerful enemies, Bane.

Boomstick: But then he restarted it because he's nice like that. Bane later said "Thank You" the only way he knew how.


Bane breaks Batman's back.


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Attack of the Batwing
by Danny Elfman
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Boomstick: I'm surprised Batty didn't pull something out of the Utility Belt to stop that one, considering it seems to contain anything Batman could ever need. Even... Shark Repellent.

Wiz: Actually, that's a common misconception, the Shark Repellent was stored in the helicopter that Robin was flying, NOT Batman's Utility Belt.

Boomstick: Oh yeah, because that makes it SOOO much less ridiculous.

Wiz: Batman also carries explosive gel. A cluster of this substance can be sprayed onto nearly any surface and remotely detonate, perfect for distractions. 

Boomstick: Or you know... BLOWING SHIT UP! Tip for criminals: If you know Batman's after you, avoid anything shaped like a bat.


Man 1: Somebody in here?

Batman stares at the man, who then closes the door.

Man 2: Something wrong?

Man 1: Nope.


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The Dark Knight Triumphant
by Christopher Drake
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Wiz: Bruce chose the guise of a bat to project his own fear of the flying mammal onto his enemies. However, that is not the Batsuit's only purpose.

Boomstick: Thanks to some military-grade armor he stole from his own company with Morgan Freeman's permission, the Batsuit is almost completely bulletproof, knife proof, electricity proof, punch proof, dogproof, and theftproof.

Wiz: Inside Batman's cowl is an array of high-tech gear commonly used for listening to police scanners and communicating with allies, but in combat, Batman finds more use in its night, infrared, and ultraviolet vision. Also, its built-in triangulation imaging system, which hacks into the world's cellphones and creates a digital 3D map.

Boomstick: You mean he can see EVERYTHING I do, just because I have a phone?

Wiz: More or less.

Boomstick: Ask him where I left my keys...

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Dark Knight
by Christopher Drake
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Wiz: Aside from mass invasion of privacy, Batman's résumé includes such accomplishments as dodging Darkseid's virtually unavoidable Omega Beams, withstanding the vacuum of space for 24 seconds, and breaking free from a coffin, buried six feet underground, in a straitjacket, after being deprived of sleep for days, all while having a cocktail of unknown drugs in his system, along with the Joker's latest Venom Toxin.

Boomstick: WHAT THE FUCK?! Are we positive that we're positive he's not superhuman?!

Wiz: Given his line of work, I wouldn't be surprised if he stumbled into a room filled with gamma rays or something like that. But underneath the Batsuit, he is affected by knives and bullets the same as any other mortal man. Even though he usually comes out victorious, his self-confidence occasionally put him in life-threatening situations he can't escape without help.

Boomstick: Like Bane's "Thank You Spine Durability Test".

Wiz: But the Caped Crusader has consistently found a way to survive even the most life-threatening situations.

Boomstick: And Bats has no problem continuously going toe-to-toe with evil in the name of Justice... Vengeance.


Batman: From this moment on, none of you are safe...


Captain America

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Captain America
by Alan Silvestri
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Wiz: Born to poor Irish immigrants in Manhattan on July 4th, 1920, Steven Rogers grew up with little money, few friends—

Boomstick: And even fewer muscles! Good God, is that Steve Rogers or Jack Skellington? Somebody get that kid a sandwich!

Wiz: But his sheer willpower, selflessness, and desire for justice stood out. As those around him left to serve in the Second World War, Rogers was desperate to fight for his country. But due to his lacking physique and health problems, he was turned away from every single military organization multiple times.

Boomstick: Meanwhile, Hitler was creating a new group of Super Nazis with lasers called HYDRA.

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Training the Supersoldier
by Alan Silvestri
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Wiz: Desperate to combat this new threat, Uncle Sam began the top-secret "Project Rebirth". It looked like Rogers would finally get his chance to be the hero after all... provided he survived an untested, unstable, unprecedented experiment.

Boomstick: After an injection of some mystery juice and tanning in Vita-Rays, Rogers lived! And as a plus became a Nazi-annihilating, terrorist-thrashing symbol of freedom: Captain America! 'MERICA!

Gunfire sounds are heard as a bald eagle flies by while confetti and fireworks go off.

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Captain America's Theme
by Hideyuki Fukasawa
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Wiz: The Super-Soldier Serum pushed Steve's body to the absolute limit of human physical and mental potential.

Boomstick: A homeless guy sold me a Super Serum once. I woke up in Denny's a week later without my wallet.

Wiz: With his new body, Rogers can bench press 1,100 lbs and run a mile in 73 seconds. By comparison, the bench press world record without the aid of a bench shirt is Eric Spoto's 722 poinds, and the fastest mile run belongs to Hicham Guerrouj of Morocco of three minutes, 43 seconds. That makes Rogers nearly twice as strong and over three times as fast as the most physically fit human beings in the world.

Boomstick: He can even dodge gunfire at point-blank range by, in his own words, "seeing faster."

Wiz: Which is the absolutely stupidest way of saying that his brain can process images faster than a normal human.

Boomstick: Putting his new abilities to good use, he's adept in every single form of hand-to-hand combat known to man. That's right, I bet you didn't know that Captain America was a ninja.


Iron Fist: Jujitsu, Kung-Fu, Krav Maga?

Captain America: All of the above.


Wiz: Despite his incredible physical potential, the military initially decided Super Steve was best suited as...

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The Star Spangled Man
by Alan Silvestri
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Wiz: The US Army Poster Boy.

Boomstick: That suit looks like it was ripped from a Patriotic Circus.

Wiz: It was.

Boomstick: Really? Well, at least he upgraded to suits not made for a circus later on.

Wiz: No, they were, too.

Boomstick: What kind of circus would make a costume with Kevlar, Nomex, and lightweight titanium, that's resistant to water, fire, and electric shocks?

Wiz: Some call it World War II.

Boomstick: Oh... I get it.

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Captain America March
by Alan Silvestri
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Wiz: But the most iconic aspect of Cap's attire is his famed shield. Composed of Proto-Adamantium and a mysterious metal from space called Vibranium, this one-of-a-kind shield was presented to him personally by none other than the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Boomstick: And like a badass, Cap doesn't just use his shield for defending himself. He hurls that motherfucker at just about anything that moves!

Wiz: The combination of the two metals allows the shield to absorb and reflect practically all kinetic energy and thus ricochet off multiple targets with only minor loss in velocity. Captain America utilizes this in combination with his super-soldier mind to predict and calculate the shield's trajectory so that it always ends up back in hand no matter how many targets it has struck.

Boomstick: Cap's shield can reflect anything from bullets to lasers, decapitate vampires, and stop a blow from Thor's Hammer. And if you recall, Mjolnir doesn't fuck around. This giant frisbee of freedom is so cool, even Superman wants one!


Peggy Carter shoots bullets at Cap's Shield.

Peggy Carter: Yes, I think it works.


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Lemurian Star
by Henry Jackman
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Wiz: But it's not unstoppable. It's been damaged and even destroyed its fair share of times over the years, but only by cosmic or reality-warping powers.

Boomstick: Luckily, Mr. America doesn't rely only on his shield.

Wiz: He's boxed Thor to a standstill, was deemed worthy to wield Mjolnir, and has even managed to incapacitate the Hulk with his knowledge of pressure points.

Three pictures of Hulk being overwhelmed by Cap are shown on-screen.

Boomstick: Wait, go back on that second one! Did THIS GUY just kick THE HULK, IN THE DICK??! You've gotta be a real man to give the Green Goliath a nut check. I mean, that's the fastest way to piss off a dude. And who don't we like when they're angry? Balls of steel right there. Great big, eagle-shaped, freedom balls of steel.

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Invader's Montage
by Alan Silvestri
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Wiz: And to top everything off, not many superheroes can claim to have defeated the fearsome foursome of Crack, Weed, Ice, and Ms. Fix, the literal personifications of actual street drugs.

Boomstick: So you're telling me he's preaching an anti-drug message, KNOWING that drugs are the entire reason he became awesome?!

Wiz: I guess we can add "Hypocrite" to his list of aliases. Despite being a physically perfect human, Captain America more or less has the same weaknesses as any other man, his patriotic uniform can only protect him so much from stabbing weapons.

Boomstick: And sniper bullets, God knows he gets killed pretty good by those. "AHHH, WEAPONS! MY ONLY WEAKNESS! How did you... know...?"

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Triumphant Return
by Alan Silvestri
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Wiz: Even in the face of Death, Captain America always stands for what the United States needs.

Boomstick: And sometimes that's serving Hitler an American-sized knuckle sandwich!


Man: Who are you supposed to be?

Captain America: I'm... (pants) ...Captain America.


Prelude

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. Let's end this debate once and for all!

Boomstick: IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLEEE!!!

Death Battle

An alleyway is shown, and we see Captain America drop from the top of a building. The camera turns into the shadowy parts of the alley, and we see two blank eyes. These eyes belong to Batman. 

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Assassins
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Batman approaches the good Captain slowly and takes a combat stance. Cap responds, doing the same.

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Captain America instantly throws his shield at Batman, which hits and ricochets, allowing Cap to sprint and grab the shield.

Cap starts pummeling Batman with punches and kicks, but Batman starts avoiding the attacks, and counters with a kick.

Batman throws some Batarangs but said weapons are deflected as Cap throws his shield again. Batman dodges it and shoots his grappling hook from his grapple gun in an attempt to pull Cap towards him. But Cap catches the grappling hook with his hand and his shield bounces of a wall hitting Batman in the back of his head.

Cap yanks the cord, and races to get his shield. As he retrieves the shield, Batman is flying towards him, and rams the shield into Batman's chest, knocking him into a wall.

Batman activates the shock gloves, which are useless against the shield. Cap pushes Bats back, only for Bats to spread smoke bombs along the floor.

Captain America: Let's finish this. Hyper...!

This is followed by the smoke screens going off, with the rim of the shield in the wall, Batman seemingly vanished. Then, more smoke bombs are detonated. Cap looks around confused until a Batarang flies by his head. Cap throws his shield in the distance and waits for a second.

Nothing happens, until he gets his shield back, covered in explosive gel. The ensuing explosion makes Captain America stumble, and become woozy. Batman leaps in and uses his knowledge of pressure points to keep Cap at bay.

As soon as Captain America collapses, Batman grabs the Shield and walks behind Cap.

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Train Fight
by Hans Zimmer
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Before Cap can regain his senses, Batman knocks Cap into the sky and uses his grappling hook to grab Cap by the neck. Cap is jerked down, and the hook wraps around a lamppost, breaking the Star-Spangled Hero's neck instantly as he hangs above the street.

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Batman throws Cap's shield at the hanging Captain America, slicing off the bottom half of his body and after that throwing a smoke pellet into the ground disappearing into the night of the city that he was fighting The First Avenger.

Results

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Arkham City Main Theme
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Boomstick: I pledge allegiance, to the Cap, hanging miserably from the light post.

Wiz: Captain America did have the endurance and power advantage, and Batman himself has admitted he COULD lose a hand-to-hand match against him, but there's a big difference between COULD and WOULD.

Boomstick: I COULD survive a fall out of an airplane, but I wouldn't bet on it. Unless you're doing it, Wiz. You should totally try it. Five bucks if you make it.

Wiz: You're an idiot, Boomstick. Also, the fact is, Batman is more than a boxer. His stealth and disarming skills allowed him to turn the fight in his favor.

Boomstick: Not to mention the gadgets. Just because Cap could "see faster" doesn't mean he can see hard enough to spot Bats through a solid wall of smoke.

Wiz: Batman also regularly battles and sneaks around super-beings far above your average laser Nazi.

Boomstick: If he can ninja around SUPERMAN'S super hearing, there's no reason he can't do the same to Captain America.

Wiz: And, of course, Batman has more knowledge of pressure points and fighting styles, because he's mastered all of them, rather than simply being adept, helping him incapacitate and finish off the Star-Spangled Soldier.

Boomstick: Captain America just couldn't hang in there.

We cut to the "Winner" card.

Wiz: The winner is Batman.

Trivia

Production

  • The connections between Batman and Captain America are that they are both iconic comic book superheroes who rely on their peak physical prowess, martial arts mastery, and military-grade arsenal rather than traditional superpowers. Both lost their parents at a young age and had young sidekicks who were taken from them before returning as antagonists (Jason Todd and Bucky Barnes, respectively). Both are also founding and significant members of superhero teams (the Justice League and the Avengers, respectively).
    • This is also a battle of opposites, as Batman was born to a wealthy family, while Captain America was born in poverty.
    • Both combatants have been voiced by Roger Craig Smith before (in both Batman Unlimited and Batman: Arkham Origins and Avengers Assemble, respectively).
    • The two have officially fought twice before in crossover comics. The first time was in DC vs Marvel in 1996, where Batman won, but only due to popular vote. The second time was in JLA/Avengers in 2003, in which they compared each other's combat skills without weaponry. Batman admitted that Captain America could beat him, but it would take a very long time.
  • This episode was actually a reserve episode that was on file had all the research done previously, and took Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon's intended spot due to a hard drive failure.
  • This episode was intended as a prequel to Batman VS Spider-Man.
  • This is the first episode to be animated by Zack Watkins.
  • This is the first episode to be written by Nick Cramer.
  • Deadpool and Pinkie Pie traveled to the events of this episode in Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie, along with Ken VS Terry and Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers.

Easter Eggs

  • The "Secretly a habitual car thief" bullet point in Captain America's "Background" slide references how in a number of Captain America movies (namely Captain America (1990) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), he usually has to steal cars to get to certain locations.

Other

Notes

  1. Due to a copyright strike, the YouTube upload of the episode is currently unavailable everywhere except the United States, Canada, Somaliland, Kosovo, and Northern Cyprus.
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