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Batman VS Iron Man is the 148th episode of Death Battle, featuring Batman from DC Comics and Iron Man from Marvel Comics in a battle between armored billionaire superheroes. Batman was voiced by Gianni Matragrano and Iron Man was voiced by Reagan Murdock.

Interlude

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Wiz & Boomstick
by Brandon Yates
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Wiz: Batman, DC's vengeful crusader of the night.

Boomstick: Iron Man, Marvel's genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.

Wiz: These two mortal men have used their intellect and determination to take their place alongside gods.

Boomstick: And bein' filthy, stinkin' rich sure doesn't hurt either.

We cut to Wiz and Boomstick.

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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Mechanical Assassin
by Annihilation
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Boomstick: That's right, he's back. In case you're one of the many psycho supervillains stalking the streets of Gotham City, I would make peace with whatever God you pray to, because they won't save you from the goddamn Batman.

Wiz: But before he dressed like a giant rodent and employed little boys in booty shorts as meat-shields, he was Bruce Wayne: Scion of the multi-billion dollar company, Wayne Enterprises.

Boomstick: Until mommy and daddy got 360 no-scoped, leaving Bruce with a void inside him that could only be filled by the never-ending quest for justice, and vengeance.

Wiz: That night, Bruce Wayne died, and the Batman was born. He would devote his life to perfecting his body and mind to become more than human. He would transcend his own morality into legend. A nightmare to haunt evildoers 'til the end of time.

Boomstick: Jesus Christ! I feel like Zoloft and therapy would work, too, but, okay, whatever works.

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Lean and Mean
by Annihilation
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Wiz: Batman's résumé is absurd. He's mastered 127 martial arts, trained in stealth and assassination, and is a super genius with a photographic memory. He's the world's greatest detective, bar none.

Boomstick: Like how the League of Shadows needs to keep erasing Batman's memories because he keeps findin' their secret bases. Or the time he found a dead body with no entry or exit wound, and a 40-year-old bullet nearby, and somehow determined it must've been fired backwards in time.

Wiz: Despite being a master marksman, escape artist, forensic scientist, mechanical engineer—

Boomstick: And ninja!

Wiz: One of Batman's assets stands above them all.

Boomstick: His Bat... stacks!

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Brutal Beating
by Ryan Huntley Andrews
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Boomstick: Bats has poured his billions into tactical armor and gadgets for every conceivable situation. If there's one word to describe Batman, it's prepared.

Wiz: Made of reinforced Kevlar and titanium, his Batsuit can resist knives and gunfire, and even protected him from this massive explosion. Judging by the size of the detonation, Batman's distance from the epicenter, and the surface area of his body, he must've withstood a blast of nearly 60 tons of TNT.

Boomstick: His cowl comes with night vision, infrared, and a radio, while his utility belt is chock full of smoke bombs, nerve toxins, a grappling hook, and batarangs, which he can control midair and set to explode.

Wiz: It was these tools that allowed Batman to wage his one-man war on crime.

Boomstick: But once he got over his angsty loner phase, he helped found the Justice League of America in order to bring his personal brand of bat justice to the entire world.

Wiz: And Batman's knack for schemes and preparation skyrocketed to match, turning him into the bat god we all know and meme. Like the time he developed a backup personality that would ensure he functions as Batman in case of a psychological attack that drove him mad. A backup human operating system. Like, a computer... but it's his brain.

We cut to Wiz and Boomstick.

Boomstick: He even has plans tailored to his teammates' weaknesses, should they ever go rogue. He's developed contingencies for everything, which is why Bats comes prepared with extra suits for any occasion.

Wiz: Like his Knightfall exo-suit to battle Bane, or the Justice Buster, which he obviously designed to combat the Justice League. He even got a "Final" Batsuit from his Sixth Dimensional self that can rewrite your mind!

We see Boomstick painted white head to toe with black stripes.

Boomstick: But my favorite is his stylish zebra suit, which he wore after getting weird Magneto powers. They just made his suit look like this for some reason.

As he talks, he splatters white paint on the Death Battle Lab's monitor.

Boomstick: There's also the Rainbow Batman suit, the Suit of Sorrows, and, of course, the Bat-Nipples. Chicks dig the Bat-Nipples. All paid for with the Bat-Credit Card. Never leave the cave without it.

Wiz: But perhaps his greatest suit of armor, the one designed to put him on the same level of insane, mind-bending power as his League teammates, is the Hellbat.

We cut back to the analysis.

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Across the Eons (No Vocals)
by Iliya Zaki Bin Aziz
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Boomstick: AKA, the single coolest-looking thing ever invented!

Wiz: Forged by Superman in the heart of the Sun, each member of the Justice League contributed to this monstrous mech's abilities.

Boomstick: And boy does it show! The Hellbat is absolutely hardcore!

Wiz: Made of nano-kinetic mesh, it can shapeshift around Batman's body and operates via telepathic link.

Boomstick: It can fly, turn invisible, and fire a bat-shaped chest laser. And by diverting all the suit's power into his fist, he can use the Devastator, a punch powered by Wonder Woman's strength, and she's strong enough to yank the freakin' Earth around! Though, it does have a 95% chance of giving old Bats a heart attack.

Wiz: Which he has given himself to save all of Gotham City on at least one occasion. It's that level of insane drive that pushed him to use the Hellbat in his one-man invasion of Apokolips in order to bring his son back to life.

Boomstick: Y'know, Apokolips, home to the god of evil himself, Darkseid. Batman stared down the final boss of DC Comics and actually kicked his ass.

Wiz: This is incredible, considering Darkseid is a being strong enough to destroy entire universes, and fast enough to fly to the edge of the universe in seconds. Since the DC Universe is significantly larger than our own, that would be over 600 quintillion times the speed of light.

Boomstick: That same Darkseid avatar even took a Shoryuken from Alan Scott, who was amped up from the energy of the multiverse, and Bats cleaned his clock just as hard.

Wiz: But this incalculable strength is drawn from Batman's own life force. Specifically, his metabolism. Should any fight with the Hellbat go on too long, Batman may succumb to its hunger before finishing the fight himself. Or absorb someone else's biomass for fuel. That... works, too.

Boomstick: So, basically, you'd have to be completely bat-shit insane to pilot this thing. And Bats, uh, is. Yeah, sorry to break it to you, but the grown man that wears his underwear on the outside isn't all there.

Wiz: In keeping with being a perfectionist, though, he's completely aware of this. That's why he does not kill, because if he did, he understands that he can't trust himself to know when to stop.

Boomstick: Batman has outsmarted the nigh-omniscient Metron, defeated his dark counterpart, the Batman Who Laughs, and humiliated Superman in a one-on-one fight.

the fight from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is shown on-screen.

Boomstick: No, wait, that one's not canon.

The fight from The Dark Knight Returns is then shown on-screen..

Boomstick: That one he technically had help.

Batman's fight with a Jokerized Superman is then shown on-screen..

Boomstick: Yeah, that one!

Wiz: Although many of his greatest accomplishments have been aided by his exceptional prep work and foreknowledge, he's no stranger to being put on the spot, even in the face of armageddon. Who else would kick the Spectre, the angel of wrath, God's divine judgement, in the face, and then tell him to get the hell out of his city?

Boomstick: I'll tell ya who: The goddamn, motherf***in', na-na-na-na-na-na Batman!


Batman swoops down amid a swarm of bats in his Hellbat suit and confronts Darkseid.

Darkseid: My Parademons will arrive soon.

Batman: Think I haven't planned for this?


Iron Man

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Up Bass
by Mark Nolan & Cyril Sorongon
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Wiz: You would be forgiven for doubting the destiny of genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark.

Boomstick: Yeah, 'cause you can add "massive prick" to that list, too!

Wiz: Tony's parents died when he was still young, leaving the mind-bogglingly brilliant prodigy to inherit a multi-billion dollar tech company.

Boomstick: With mommy and daddy's purse strings, Tony decided to live it up and down in booze and the ladies.

Wiz: Which was problematic, considering he made his fortune as a part of a military industrial complex, selling devastating high-tech arms to the highest bidder.

Boomstick: And Tony got to see his handiwork firsthand when it literally blew up in his face!


We see Tony's bomb blow up in front of him, knocking him back.


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Aim For the Head
by Tony F. Fiala
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Wiz: Tony never had much of a heart to begin with, but after that, he literally had even less. Unlike so many men of weaker spirit though, Tony refused to give up. He was made of tougher stuff. He was made of iron.

Boomstick: So he built himself a robot suit to bust the hell out of there. And when he got back to the good ol' US of A, he devoted his life to protecting the world from the kinds of weapons he helped make, by making an even better robot suit and becoming a superhero!


Tony: I am Iron Man.


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Fire Up
by Dan Denning & Jon Christian
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Wiz: Building new suits of armor wasn't just a hobby for Tony, but an obsession. Over the course of his long career as a founding member of the Avengers, he has constructed dozens of different models, which he can call to him at once like a literal one-man army.

Boomstick: Most of his armors come with the same basic tool kit: super strength, massively hypersonic flight, and repulsor blasts.

Wiz: Repulsors are extremely dense beams of muons, unstable subatomic particles similar to electrons. They're actually really interesting. You see, they're classified as leptons, which don't have any known substructures, just sort of like—

An explosion from a Repulsor blast can be heard.

Boomstick: It's a laser!

Wiz: Just suck the fun out of it...

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Metal Power
by Peter Jay Jordan & Moritz Heidrich
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Wiz: His armors also come with onboard A.I., like Friday, which can hack into enemy technology, command his other suits to fight remotely, and operate down to the picosecond. That's one trillionth of a second.

Boomstick: Even outdated armors are strong enough to blow up a chunk of rock as big as Manhattan. By takin' a look at its speed, Tony's armor would have had to be hittin' with an energy of nearly 300 teratons of TNT. That's three times stronger than the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Wiz: Years spent defending the Earth has conditioned Tony to be prepared for any threat imaginable, and he has an armor for almost any occasion.

Boomstick: He's got an armor to bust Hulks, an armor to bust Thors, an armor that can turn intangible, a super tiny armor that can mess with your insides, and an armor made of white sticky alien goo. Definitely not legal in all 50 states.

Wiz: Gross. In order to remain as flexible as possible though, his standard go-to is the Model Prime. It has all the classic Iron Man staples, and has even incorporated size changing for extra strength, an invisible stealth mode, and—

Boomstick: And a badass lightning samurai sword! Say what you want about the smug son of a bitch, but he's definitely got style. And crippling alcoholism, but look who's talking!

Wiz: It was more than likely that same devil-may-care attitude that led to Tony revealing his secret identity to the world, which I guess had no consequences.

We cut to Wiz and Boomstick.

Boomstick: Look, Wiz, when you build a space laser strong enough to wipe out alien fleets in one shot, I don't think the Mandarin is going to interrupt your shawarma lunch date.

Wiz: That "space laser" is a Dyson sphere, a speculative superstructure that is meant to encircle an entire star and harness its energy, something only possible by a theoretical type two civilization on the Kardashev scale.

Boomstick: It's basically when you're galaxy-brained enough to draw power from the entire solar system.

Wiz: I know it's comics, but the fact that Tony just has one of these lying around is insane! Known as Sol's Hammer, Tony's incomplete sphere is strong enough to destroy a planet at only a 2% charge.

Boomstick: Didn't you work on one of those? I remember you talkin' about how it'd solve your student loan problems "once and for all".

Wiz: On behalf of the families of several planets that no longer exist, I'm not legally at liberty to discuss that.

We cut back to the analysis.

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Antimatter Breach
by Massimiliano Foti
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Boomstick: Years of protecting the world from aliens, gods, and even his friends, all of that stuff wore Tony down, and turned him into the one thing he promised himself he would never become: a narc.

Wiz: Siding with the US government's enforcement of the Superhuman Registration Act led to a literal civil war between superheroes. It wouldn't be his last.

Boomstick: Though it did prove he could hang with the best of 'em. He's beaten Captain America in hand-to-hand combat, survived blows from Thor, and even took down the Worldbreaker Hulk.

Wiz: He even matched Magneto, MAGNETO, the guy that controls metal, the thing that surrounds Tony's entire body, by amplifying his power with Jupiter's magnetic field.

Boomstick: And then Mags punched him with the power of the Sun, and it was like, no big deal! There really doesn't seem to be a limit to how insane Tony's tech gets. In the movies, this is the same guy that figured out time travel just shittin' around one evening. In the time it takes me to down a beer, Tony's already shattered the laws of physics. Yeah, sure, go to the Middle Ages and play knights with Doctor Doom, ya scamp.

Wiz: Perhaps his greatest invention of all, however, was the eScape, an entire virtual universe where the only limit is his imagination.

Boomstick: And because Tony's nothing if not predictable, he made an armor out of it. That's right, he made an armor out of a universe.

Wiz: This virtual armor is composed of solid holograms that can form any weapon Tony can think of. But even it likely cannot compare to the armor Tony created inside the eScape, the Godbuster.

Boomstick: It's literally Iron Man going Super Saiyan. The Godbuster was so powerful, it destroyed the entire eScape in a single blast, along with the A.I. controlling all of it.

Wiz: An earlier iteration of the Godbuster was able to stand up to Celestials, cosmic gods that can warp reality, like Galactus, Odin, and Franklin, who can threaten the multiverse with their power.

Boomstick: So, it lives up to the freakin' name, in case you were wonderin'. But it isn't that kind of power that makes Tony special. After a life spent wallowing in vice and pleasure, Tony rebuilt himself into a man he can be proud of. Someone who could sacrifice everything to save the world.

Wiz: I suppose underneath it all, that man of iron had a heart of gold.


Tony: You want my property? You can't have it! But I did ya a big favor! I've successfully privatized world peace.


Prelude

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. We've run the data through all possibilities.

Boomstick: But first, if you want the same level of confidence as these two billionaires, check out BlueChew!

Wiz and Boomstick read out an advertisement for BlueChew.

Boomstick: But right now, IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLEEE!!!

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. We've run the data through all possibilities.

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

(The transcript below is exclusive to the YouTube version of the episode.)

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. We've run the data through all possibilities.

Boomstick: But first, if you want the same level of confidence as these two billionaires, check out BlueChew!

Wiz and Boomstick read out an advertisement for BlueChew.

Boomstick: But right now, IT'S TIME FOR A DEATH BATTLEEE!!!

(The transcript below is exclusive to the Rooster Teeth version of the episode.)

Wiz: Alright, the combatants are set. We've run the data through all possibilities.

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

Death Battle

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Kimi No Dance Wa
by Dave James, Keith Beauvais & Osamu Yano
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Batman is seen stationing inside the Justice League Watchtower while listening to some J-Pop before he notices a mysterious pounding on the door. After a few knocks, the figure revealed to be Iron Man breaks in with a palm pulse blast.

Batman pauses the music before placing a bat-shaped device underneath the control panel. He then turns towards Iron Man as Stark addresses him.

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Suit Yourself
by Brandon Yates
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Iron Man: Heyyyyy, Bats! Now, I can respect a man with a healthy sense of paranoia and billions to spare, but Steve and Nat are really up my ass about this. Take the Watchtower offline now... Bruce.

Batman: You don't want this fight, Tony. It'll be the biggest mistake of your life.

Iron Man immediately charges up a repulsor blast, but the device underneath the control panel explodes behind him, giving Batman an opening to grapple away as he attempts to contact Superman.

Batman: Clark, do you read me? The Watchtower is being attacked!

The alert is to no avail, as Iron Man had long since disabled the Watchtower's communications.

Iron Man: Seriously, Bats? I figured out hacking in the second grade! How do you think I got in here? Besides from—

Moments later, he burns down a nearby door and lunges through the opening, pinning Batman against the wall before the latter jumps out of his grasp. Batman is quick to recover and hurls four Batarangs at Iron Man, three of which are quickly destroyed by him with a repulsor ray. He destroys the fourth and wounds Batman in the process, who is quick to run off into a darkened area. The lights quickly dim and Iron Man glances around in annoyance, utilizing his scanning interface in an attempt to find him.

Iron Man: Really, Bruce? This shtick? I thought we were grown-ups here!

Unbeknownst to him, Batman in his Hellbat suit is standing right behind him as it powers on.

Batman: Ready when you are.

Tony turns around just as Batman proceeded to punch him hard enough that it sends him flying out of the Watchtower and into space. As Tony recovers, he talks to Friday as he proceeds to ready his next move.

Iron Man: Friday, I need Sol's Hammer online, pronto. Match my coordinates, I'll try to—

A shadow suddenly falls over him, and Tony turns around.

Iron Man: —oh.

The screen pans to reveal the Hellbat grabbing a hold of the Watchtower and using it as a club to smash Iron Man, sending him plummeting towards Earth. Batman pursues, repeatedly attacking Iron Man as he falls, including smashing him into a car which he then crashes into himself, creating a large dust cloud. The cloud of dust dissipates revealing the Hellbat holding Tony above his head.

Batman: What did you expect? I am Batman.

He proceeds to tear the Iron Man armor apart and throw him on the ground before cracking his neck. But soon, it is revealed that Tony was not in the armor, it was just a drone. Suddenly Tony's voice speaks out in response to Batman's attempted one-liner.

Iron Man: And I... am Iron Man.

The screen pans up to show Tony in the Godbuster armor, flanked by many of his other Iron Man suits.

Iron Man: I've got a suit for everything, Bats! Including busting wannabe gods like you!

As he says this, Tony and his army of Iron Legion suits charge towards their foe. The Hellbat's cape in response shapeshifts into a swarm of bats to distract the armors while Batman dismantles them one by one. Eventually, Tony himself engages with the Godbuster. Clashing with the Hellbat, Tony is suddenly grabbed by the Hellbat as it winds up for a super-powered punch. Bruce utters a single line:

Batman: Bust this.

-before he punches the Godbuster through one building and into another, then fires the Hellbat's chest laser. Tony quickly recovers and tries to intercept this with his Godbuster's energy cannon. After a brief beam struggle, the Hellbat's chest laser proves to be too much for Tony to match and is overwhelmed. The beam blows clean through multiple buildings before exploding.

The screen passes through the many Batman-shaped holes the laser made before the Hellbat lands. The screen cuts to Tony, alive, but with the Godbuster destroyed. As Batman comes down to finish Tony off, the Virtual Armor manifests to protect Tony from the attack. As Batman throws another punch, his attack is stopped short, with Tony revealing his ploy.

Iron Man: Had to divert some power to hacking that suit. Like I said, second grade. Friday, fire the hammer!

As he says this, the scene cuts to Tony's personal Dyson sphere firing a massive laser beam towards Earth. Batman attempts to lean forwards to finish Tony off, but he is unable to before the beam hits. This causes a massive explosion which demolishes all the nearby buildings and all of Tony's armors, including the Virtual Armor.

Then as the smoke clears, the Hellbat's chest opens up to reveal Batman jumping out of it. Tony reacts in shock to this.

Iron Man: Holy shit!

Bruce moves towards Tony.

Batman: No more armors, Tony. Just you and me, man to man.

Iron Man: Well, man to genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthro—

As Tony attempts to finish his description, Batman punches him in the face, drawing blood. Tony attempts to retaliate, but Batman grabs and then breaks his arm, leaving Tony reeling. However, before Bruce can land a finishing blow, Tony makes a remark.

Iron Man: Maybe... Just one more...

As he says this, Batman's advance is cut short by an Iron Man armor engulfing him.

Iron Man: Model 58, the Nano Armor. Snuck it into your body back on the Watchtower. Friday, initiate self-destruct.

As he says this and runs off, the Nano Armor finishes engulfing Batman, and all he can do is scream before it explodes, leaving a massive dust cloud in its wake and knocking Tony off balance. Once the dust settles, all that can be seen are the boots of the Nano Armor adorning the charred skeleton that was once Bruce Wayne, his Batsuit and skin completely incinerated by the blast.

Tony pauses for a moment before collapsing against the wall and pinching his nose.

Iron Man: Friday, I could really use a drink.

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Suit Yourself
by Brandon Yates
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We cut to Wiz and Boomstick, with the latter holding dolls of Batman and Iron Man in their underwear.

Boomstick: Oh, come on! You know if they fought naked, Batman would've beat the shit outta him.

Wiz: While Batman is a character defined by his tenacity, preparedness, and utter genius, so is Tony Stark. So neither could rely on that skillset alone to pull them through.

Boomstick: And it shouldn't come as a surprise. Batman's standard Batsuit couldn't quite hold up to the firepower of even the most basic Iron Man armors. The Batsuit is surprisingly tough, sure, but it isn't takin' hits from a dude that can punch apart Manhattan.

We cut to the post-analysis.

Boomstick: And despite Bats havin' a ton of nifty gadgets, Iron Man's armors were way more varied and powerful. With so many unique and often alien abilities, there was no way Bats could predict all of them.

Wiz: With time, he could certainly figure out a plan of attack, but since Tony is just as much a genius schemer as Batman, he could do the same.

Boomstick: There are lots of cases where he would've won, especially with his ace-in-the-hole, the Hellbat.

Wiz: The Hellbat's raw power and speed absolutely dwarfed the majority of Iron Man's arsenal and could've killed him immediately were it not for Tony's own trump cards.

Boomstick: Like the Godbuster, which was definitely strong enough to contend with it. The Hellbat could take on Darkseid, but a weaker version of the Godbuster could hold its own against Celestials.

Wiz: Darkseid was a being capable of threatening the multiverse with his power and moving many times faster than light, but the Celestials were capable of the same.

Boomstick: With an armor that strong, Tony could buy himself enough time to break out all his other tricks, like sneakin' nano-armors into Batman's body, phasing through him with ghost tech, draining the Hellbat's power, or just hackin' his suit and shuttin' it off.

Wiz: And with an army of armors at his beck and call, Tony could certainly hold Batman off long enough to employ those strategies. Hell, since he can control them remotely, he technically didn't even need to be there and put himself in harm's way.

Boomstick: And remember, the Hellbat used Batman's own life force as a battery. He needed to end the fight quick or else his own armor would kill him first. With Tony throwin' an army at him, he didn't have a good way of doin' that. Tony just had way too much shit to throw at Batman, while Batman didn't have the time or options he needed to keep up.

We cut to Wiz and Boomstick.

Wiz: Batman may have been a god among men, but Iron Man's wealth of gadgets, insanely powerful tech, and greater mechanical experience allowed him to crush the Caped Crusader.

Boomstick: You might think it's an Injustice that Batman's gonna need Avenging, but Iron Man was in a whole 'nother League.

We cut to the "Winner" card.

Wiz: The winner is Iron Man.

Original Track

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Suit Yourself
by Brandon Yates
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Composition

The track for this fight is "Suit Yourself" by Brandon Yates. It is a rock n' roll piece that is strongly inspired by the AC/DC and Black Sabbath songs used in the MCU Iron Man films mixed with some orchestral sections reminiscent of the Tim Burton Batman films. The beginning of the track features the intro riff from the Black Sabbath song "Iron Man", while the vocals are highly reminiscent of the high-pitched screaming vocals featured in many AC/DC songs.

Title

The title serves as a double reference to the phrase "Suit yourself." and the fact that both combatants equip themselves with their own suits when entering combat.

Cover Art

The cover art done by Luis Cruz depicts a row of multi-colored helmets that combine Batman's cowl with Iron Man's helmet faceplate.

Lyrics

Who said that talk is cheap?
Well they ain't never met me
I'm a bona fide, certified
New age king

Heavy crown
Come around just to cut you down, this town ain't
Big enough
For the both of us

Locked yourself away inside that ivory tower,
It's easy to see why delusions of power
Would sink into your bones
You need to learn to let it go

Whoa oh oh
You act so above it all
Whoa oh oh
Let it go, let it go, lose control

All that money couldn't buy you class, I'll prove
It doesn't take a Superman to kick your ass
Mr. Wayne, bring the pain, as if you ever could
Gonna dust you, leave you saying you don't feel So good

One more time
Come on and prove me right

Whoa oh oh
You act so above it all
Whoa oh oh
Let it go, let it go, lose control

Trivia

Production

  • The connections between Batman and Iron Man are that they are both genius billionaire superheroes who have their own companies (Wayne Enterprises and Stark Industries, respectively) who use their intellect and resources to create high-tech suits of armor, gadgets, and inventions which allow them to challenge aliens and god-like beings despite being powerless humans. Both are prominent members of superhero teams (the Justice League and the Avengers, respectively), but despite their good intentions, they struggle with paranoia towards their god-like teammates, leading to them repeatedly developing high-tech countermeasures against them. Both also have similar iconic lines declaring their heroic identity ("I'm Batman." and "I am Iron Man.", respectively).
    • This is also a battle of opposites, as Batman's identity is a major secret and he has a silent and gloomy personality with a dark appearance, while Iron Man revealed his identity to the public and has a wisecracking personality with a colorful appearance.
  • Ben Singer once said on Twitter that they did Batman VS Spider-Man back in Season 1 because Batman's weapons paled in comparison to Iron Man's armor, and was too clear-cut a stomp at the time. By the time they would end up doing it, they would focus on Batman's own armored suits, all of which debuted after his fight with Spider-Man.
  • While the Model 51 Armor is used in the fight according to the analysis and storyboards, it's visually represented by the Modular Armor's sprites from Marvel Super Heroes instead.
  • As revealed in the storyboards by John Mitchell, a brief fight scene immediately after Batman equips the Hellbat was cut from the final episode.
  • In the 246th episode of DEATH BATTLE Cast, when talking about the community's critiques on Batman destroying the Watchtower by smashing Iron Man down to Earth with it (effectively doing Tony's job of putting it offline for him), writer Liam Swan argued that it was because Tony already hacked into it by the time the fight starts proper due to him disabling its communications and rendering Bruce unable to contact Superman for support, though he also acknowledged that he did not have that in mind when writing the fight's script and only came up with this explanation afterward.[1]
    • John Mitchell would also comment on this when he posted the storyboards on his DeviantArt, stating that Liam "really went with flair over context" for the scene.[2]

Easter Eggs

  • The last bullet point in Batman's "Background" slide says "Wants to know why you said THAT name." This is a reference to a scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where Superman says "Save... Martha," and Batman answers by shouting repeatedly "Why did you say that name?!"
  • At the start of the fight, Batman is shown listening to "Kimi No Dance Wa", the same song he listened to in the Batmobile during the beginning of his fight against Black Panther.
  • When the two fall down from space and onto Earth, Batman crashes Iron Man into a car (specifically one with a recolored sprite from Street Fighter II's bonus round), a call-back to how the former did the same thing to Spider-Man in Batman VS Spider-Man, as well as his successor as Batman doing so to his respective Spider-Man in Batman Beyond VS Spider-Man 2099.
  • After Batman and Iron Man are both disarmed from their armors, Tony is prompted to describe himself as a "genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist". This references a scene in the first Avengers film, where he describes himself in the same way after Captain America asks him what he is without his suit.
  • The way that Iron Man finishes off Batman by encasing him inside an Iron Man armor before self-destructing it is similar to how he does the same thing to Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3.

Errors

  • Despite using Bruce Wayne in the episode, the thumbnail uses art from Batman #700's cover, where Dick Grayson was under the cowl at the time.
  • There are multiple scenes in the fight that show the animation's frame counter in the bottom right corner, namely the following:
    • When Batman tries calling Superman for help.
    • When Batman barely dodges Iron Man's repulsor blast.
    • The entire sequence where Batman weaponizes the Watchtower against Iron Man.
    • The Sol's Hammer sequence, where we see the beam go through space to Earth.
  • The downloadable versions of Suit Yourself on YouTube and Spotify accidentally leave in pauses near the beginning of the track that are present during some of Batman and Iron Man's starting dialogue.

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DEATH BATTLE Episodes
Season 1 1 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (2010)2 Akuma VS Shang Tsung3 Rogue VS Wonder Woman4 Goomba VS Koopa5 Haggar VS Zangief6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale7 Zitz VS Leonardo8 Yoshi VS Riptor9 Felicia VS Taokaka10 Kratos VS Spawn11 Bomberman VS Dig Dug12 Vegeta VS Shadow13 Mario VS Sonic (2011)14 Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black14.5 DEATH BATTLE! vs The World15 Luke Skywalker VS Harry Potter16 Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui17 Starscream VS Rainbow Dash18 Master Chief VS Doomguy19 Eggman VS Wily20 Zelda VS Peach21 Thor VS Raiden22 Link VS Cloud (2012)23 Batman VS Spider-Man24 Pikachu VS Blanka25 Goku VS Superman 1
Season 2 26 He-Man VS Lion-O27 Shao Kahn VS M. Bison28 Ryu Hayabusa VS Strider Hiryu29 Ivy VS Orchid30 Fox McCloud VS Bucky O'Hare31 Terminator VS RoboCop32 Luigi VS Tails32.5 Vegeta VS Mewtwo?33 Pokémon Battle Royale34 Fulgore VS Sektor35 Godzilla VS Gamera36 Batman VS Captain America37 Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon38 Ryu VS Scorpion39 Deadpool VS Deathstroke40 Kirby VS Majin Buu41 Ragna VS Sol Badguy42 Gaara VS Toph43 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (2015)44 Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro45 Guts VS Nightmare46 Iron Man VS Lex Luthor47 Beast VS Goliath48 Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher49 Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom50 Goku VS Superman 251 Donkey Kong VS Knuckles52 Wolverine VS Raiden53 Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki54 Yang VS Tifa55 Mega Man VS Astro Boy56 Green Arrow VS Hawkeye57 Pokémon VS Digimon
Season 3 58 Dante VS Bayonetta59 Bowser VS Ganon60 Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter61 Flash VS Quicksilver62 Joker VS Sweet Tooth63 Mewtwo VS Shadow64 Meta VS Carolina65 Cammy VS Sonya66 Tracer VS Scout67 Ken VS Terry68 Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers69 Hulk VS Doomsday70 Zoro VS Erza71 Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie
Season 4 72 Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake73 Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight74 Venom VS Bane75 Power Rangers VS Voltron76 Natsu VS Ace77 Sub-Zero VS Glacius78 Android 18 VS Captain Marvel79 Metal Sonic VS Zero80 Lucario VS Renamon81 Balrog VS TJ Combo82 Shredder VS Silver Samurai83 Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog84 Thor VS Wonder Woman85 Naruto VS Ichigo86 Batman Beyond VS Spider-Man 209987 Sephiroth VS Vergil
Season 5 88 Black Panther VS Batman89 Raven VS Twilight Sparkle90 Jotaro VS Kenshiro91 Crash VS Spyro92 Sora VS Pit93 Leon Kennedy VS Frank West94 Doctor Strange VS Doctor Fate95 Ryu VS Jin96 Samurai Jack VS Afro Samurai97 Carnage VS Lucy98 Optimus Prime VS Gundam99 Nightwing VS Daredevil100 Mario VS Sonic (2018)101 Ultron VS Sigma102 Roshi VS Jiraiya103 Thanos VS Darkseid
Season 6 104 Aquaman VS Namor105 Mega Man Battle Royale106 Black Widow VS Widowmaker107 Captain Marvel VS Shazam108 Wario VS King Dedede109 Ben 10 VS Green Lantern110 Weiss VS Mitsuru111 Johnny Cage VS Captain Falcon112 Aang VS Edward Elric113 Ghost Rider VS Lobo114 Dragonzord VS Mechagodzilla115 Sasuke VS Hiei116 Ganondorf VS Dracula117 Mob VS Tatsumaki118 Deadpool VS Mask119 All Might VS Might Guy
Season 7 120 Miles Morales VS Static121 Black Canary VS Sindel122 Leonardo VS Red Ranger Jason123 Genos VS War Machine124 Gray VS Esdeath125 Goro VS Machamp126 Cable VS Booster Gold127 Obi-Wan Kenobi VS Kakashi128 Danny Phantom VS American Dragon Jake Long129 She-Ra VS Wonder Woman130 Beerus VS Sailor Galaxia131 Zuko VS Shoto Todoroki132 Flash VS Sonic132.5 The Seven Battle Royale133 Winter Soldier VS Red Hood134 Venom VS Crona135 Sabrewulf VS Jon Talbain136 Red VS Blue137 Batgirl VS Spider-Gwen138 Sanji VS Rock Lee139 Hulk VS Broly
Season 8 140 Yoda VS King Mickey141 Shadow VS Ryuko142 Lex Luthor VS Doctor Doom143 Heihachi Mishima VS Geese Howard144 Blake VS Mikasa145 Iron Fist VS Po146 Steven Universe VS Star Butterfly147 Link VS Cloud (2021)148 Batman VS Iron Man149 Goku Black VS Reverse-Flash150 Macho Man VS Kool-Aid Man151 DIO VS Alucard152 Akuma VS Shao Kahn153 Korra VS Storm154 Madara VS Aizen155 Saitama VS Popeye
Season 9 156 Harley Quinn VS Jinx157 Scarlet Witch VS Zatanna158 Tanjiro VS Jonathan Joestar159 Thor VS Vegeta160 Omni-Man VS Homelander161 Magneto VS Tetsuo162 Hercules VS Sun Wukong163 Boba Fett VS Predator163.5 Excalibur VS Raiden164 James Bond VS John Wick165 Black Adam VS Apocalypse166 Trunks VS Silver167 SpongeBob VS Aquaman168 Jason Voorhees VS Michael Myers169 Sauron VS Lich King170 Deku VS Asta171 Gogeta VS Vegito
Season 10 172 Ant-Man VS Atom173 Skyrim VS Dark Souls174 Killua VS Misaka175 Stitch VS Rocket Raccoon176 Darth Vader VS Obito Uchiha177 Phoenix VS Raven178 Guts VS Dimitri179 Martian Manhunter VS Silver Surfer180 Bill Cipher VS Discord181 Cole MacGrath VS Alex Mercer182 Frieza VS Megatron183 Gojo VS Makima184 Scooby-Doo VS Courage the Cowardly Dog185 Rick Sanchez VS The Doctor186 Goku VS Superman (2023)187 Galactus VS Unicron
Season 11 ??? Wile E. Coyote VS Tom Cat*
Unknown ??? Ruby VS Maka*
*Currently unreleased
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