Pete grew up loving Spider-Man and never understood why Batman got the bigger billing.
I grew up loving Spider-Man! He was the superhero that I most related to, and I used to get his comic every week and devour it from cover to cover. It helped that we shared the same first name—no, not “Spider"—Peter. I would read avidly of his exploits and victories, his life as a reluctant superhero, and his emotional turmoil in his non-Spidey times.
As a child I couldn’t quite understand why they made a TV show of Batman but not one of Spider-Man. You remember the show with Adam West as Batman in a somewhat camp romp through Gotham City as "POW" and "SLAM" were emblazoned across the screen. And yet, no Spider-Man TV show. It was the same with the movie genre—the first Batman movie starring Michael Keaton as the caped crusader was released in 1989, but the first Spider-Man was not released until 2002. Batman always seemed to get the bigger billing and all the glory.
Why Spidey Is Superior to Batman
Well, I think that Spider-Man is the better superhero by far, and here are 10 reasons why:
- He Spins Webs
- He Has a Girlfriend
- He Isn't Wearing His Underpants on the Outside
- He Can Kiss Upside Down
- He Isn't Afraid of Spiders (or Bats!)
- He Doesn't Need a Sidekick
- He Can Stick to a Wall Unaided
- He Is Colourful, Not Dowdy
- His Real Name Isn't Two First Names
- He's Never Been Played by George Clooney
1. He Spins Webs
I don’t know about you, but having the ability to propel a web-like substance from your wrists that is strong enough to carry your own weight is pretty darn cool. This same substance is able to carry the weight of a vehicle, to entrap villains and even provided a nice romantic canopy for Spidey and his lady to lay back and gaze at the stars.
Can Batman do that? Nope. He has no such superhuman creation that he can produce at will from within his own body that is capable of doing this much. I guess he could summon up some saliva, but hey, I don’t imagine it’ll get him very far.
2. He Has a Girlfriend
Spider-Man, or Peter Parker, as he is really known, has a real girlfriend. He is a down-to-earth guy with a normal life and has attracted Mary Jane Watson (MJ) by his personality, compassion, and genuineness. He doesn’t need all the money and fame that Bruce Wayne (Batman) has to be attractive to women. Money can come and go, but true personality and integrity will remain.
Ladies are attracted to heroes, but they want genuine ones. Peter Parker is one such man and he has a steady girlfriend in MJ. Does Batman have a steady squeeze? I think not.
3. He Isn't Wearing His Underpants on the Outside
Okay, this is one for the fashion police. No one should be allowed out in public if they are wearing their underpants on the outside of their clothes. This is a basic rule I learned as a young child when my Mom taught me to dress myself. Even as a 3-year-old, I didn’t get it wrong, and still we find Batman making a fashion faux pas in this area.
The Batman TV show did nothing to increase the “Caped Crusader’s” street cred when people across the world saw him dressed that way. He looked decidedly less than manly, shall we say? Spider-Ma,n on the other hand, although also dressed in a tight-fitting outfit, remembered the golden rule of clothing etiquette—no one wants to see your undies!
I personally blame Batman with the current trend amongst young men to have their jeans hanging down so low that their underpants are showing. They all want to secretly be like Batman! People, look to a better role model in Spider-Man. Red and blue are tastefully combined to create a winning ensemble.
4. He Can Kiss Upside Down
A superhero must have, within his arsenal of tricks, many tools. From my recollection Spider-Man is the first one I have ever seen to employ the upside down kiss technique. In fact I don’t recall Batman actually kissing anyone (back to the my 2nd point about the no girlfriend).
Spidey is extremely competent at hanging upside down in a rain soaked back alley, suspending himself at exactly the right height to reach his lips to those of MJ. It was a memorable scene and one that wins over MJ’s heart and those of ladies everywhere. Batman, sorry buddy, you just don’t got it!
5. He Isn't Afraid of Spiders (or Bats!)
The fear of spiders is consistently in the top two phobias for people across the globe. Many a grown man has been seen to run crying when an arachnid the size of a dime appears in the vicinity. Spider-Man does not share this irrational fear of these loveable creepy crawlies. Instead he embraces the skills, power and cunning of these tiny creatures. Nor is he afraid of bats like Batman is. What is the point in naming yourself Bat-man when you are afraid of your own name?
Spider-Man gets it right. Stand up for something you love, not something that scares you. I bet you could put Spider-Man in a room of tarantulas and he’d be snoozing with furry octopeds crawling all over him. Put Batman in a room with bats and he’d be sniveling in the corner like a baby!
6. He Doesn't Need a Sidekick
The Lone Ranger had Tonto, Butch Cassidy had the Sundance Kid, Starsky had Hutch, Mork had Mindy, Thelma had Louise, and Spider-Man had . . .
That’s right, Spider-Man had nobody to hold his hand. He was all the superhero he needed to be without a right-hand man or woman to pick up the slack where he dropped the ball. No matter what it took, he got the job done. What about Batman, though? He also needed his sidekick Robin to help boost him when he was feeling down, to lay out the guy behind him who was about to clock him over the head with a chair (another KAPOW!), and to be the blundering rookie to make Batman look better than he really was. Spider-Man needed nobody.
7. He Can Stick to a Wall Unaided
The Batman TV show used to have these really cheesy scenes of Batman and Robin climbing up the side of a building, pulling themselves along with a cable that came out of a pouch on Batman’s bright yellow accessory belt. To any sane person watching it was clear that they were actually walking on a flat surface and the screen was then rotated to make it look like they were scaling this huge skyscraper in Gotham City. The result was zero credibility. Wouldn’t it have been better if they had just climbed the building with their hands just by sticking them to the brick?
Obviously the reason Batman couldn’t do that was, well, because he couldn’t do that! Spider-Man, on the other hand, has a supernatural ability to climb without any assistance from cables, accessories or trick photography. That is yet another reason why I'm going to "stick" with Spidey.
8. He Is Colourful, Not Dowdy
Spider-Man is a larger than life, stand out from the crowd sort of guy who is willing and able to wear bright colours no matter what the occasion. Batman on the other hand sticks with the dark, drab and dowdy tones. Predominantly he wears black, which, although slimming, does not allow freedom of expression and bring joy to people. Traditionally black is associated with sin, darkness and evil – none of which are character traits you would want to see on a superhero’s resume now is it?
Spider-Man brightens your day when you see him in his red and blue. Batman depresses you. He even has taken on the title of ”Dark Knight” which is hardly a good role model for young children. Spider-Man is not narrow minded though, because in the movie Spider-Man 3, he does try to relate to Batman by donning a black Spidey-suit but the results are disastrous and so he reverts back to the tried and true red and blue. Red and blue is the new black!
9. His Real Name Isn't Two First Names
As mentioned, Spider-Man’s real name is Peter Parker. Batman’s real name is Bruce Wayne. Notice that Batman uses two names that are traditionally first names? Spider-Man instead goes with the more traditional first name then surname set up so that he is able to relate to his followers better. The use of two first names by Batman shows a definite lack of creativity and that would be a lesser quality for a super hero.
Then there is Spider-Man’s name itself: Peter Parker. Just say it and it rolls off the tongue so nicely. The two letter P’s add punctuation, power and purpose to the name. They speak of a well-rounded personality. Bruce Wayne on the other hand has no pizzazz to it and frankly is very lame, which almost rhymes with Wayne.
10. He's Never Been Played by George Clooney
The three Spider-Man movies to date have all had the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man played by the excellent Tobey Maguire. His portrayal of Spidey was continually both compelling and believable. Viewers were able to relate to the human frailty seen in his family life and relationships, but also to the confidence and community mindedness of his alter ego.
On the other hand, on the big screen Batman has been played by Michel Keaton (twice), Val Kilmer, Christian Bale (3 times, including The Dark Knight Rises in 2012), and also George Clooney. Why so many actors you may ask? The only answer can be that they, like me, have come to the all too obvious conclusion that Batman is a lesser superhero to the much greater, much braver, much more beloved Spider-Man.
So There You Have It
The conclusion is easy for all to see. My 10 irrefutable reasons why Spider-Man is better than Batman. The evidence speaks for itself.
July 3rd, 2012 was the release of The Amazing Spider-Man. The legend of Spider-Man will continue as we get a look at Peter Parker’s childhood and teenage years and grow to appreciate the make up of the man who is your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
Christian Deas on January 29, 2020:
Ok i will agree that this list has the most idiotic reasons to say Spidey is better, but he is. All y’all haters are saying “Batman has no powers, he has to work his butt off to be successful” you’re forgetting that Spidey also works his butt off because he doesnt own a multi-billion dollar corporation to make his gadgets and vehicles. He makes his webbing himself, sews his costume himself, makes plans to defeat his enemies himself. Gadgets; People think Batman is better because he has a wide array of gadgets. Spider-Man also has gadgets, especially when he grows up and works for Horizon labs. On top of that, he just doesn’t need as many gadgets because his webs can be purposed as so many different things. Origin; both heroes have very emotional origins but Spidey’s goes one step farther because he knows that he could’ve prevented it if he wasn’t being so selfish. I can go on for days but I don’t wanna bore y’all.
Kris Turner NCIS on August 15, 2019:
Its the the opposite Batman is way more better than Spider-Man Batman don't have any superpowers he works for his s*** and he has better gadgets than Spider-Man does and he's got a better hide out then Spiderman so Batman wins and plus Batman has better games thenSpider-Man and better movies and better Comics but it all goes for opinion right ?
Batman is moss badass on July 16, 2019:
The most stupid Reasons to I never see in my life
Spidermanfanboylol on February 25, 2019:
Batman is more badass
Carl on February 20, 2019:
Welp, More Lies Thrown At My Face, Can't Say It Won't Stop There Right?
cool rat on February 01, 2019:
I can see where you are coming from, but if you are comparing The Spiderman trilogy to The Dark Knight trilogy, TDK would be superior. The storyline is much more deep and emotional. However it is almost unfair to compare the two simply because they are very different movies, right down to the theme. In the dark knight, the theme is very dark and is meant to show that anyone can be a hero. There are a lot of dark, hidden meanings actually too. Spiderman is more light-hearted and more of a simple good defeats evil movie, and TDK is more that as a superhero, you are not invincible. Tbh I love both movies, and it depends on my mood which one I want.
E.D.R. on December 05, 2018:
Spider-man does not shoot webs from his wrists. Peter Parker made web shooters that shoot artificial webs that he creates himself. By the way there was a Spider-man tv show in the 1970's. Where do you think the Spider-man movies got the campy Spider-man theme song from? It was badly written, and the special effects were horrible. There has been almost as many actors that played Spider-man as there were actors that played Batman. Andrew Garfield played Spider-man in the Amazing Spiderman movies. And Tom Hollins Played Spider-man in Civil War, Spider-man Homecoming & Infinity War. But if you picked up a Spider-man comicbook vs. a Batman comicbook today, Batman comics are much more well written and drawn. Unfortunately since the beginning of the Amazing Spider-man comic, the only time Spider-man was an interesting read was when Todd McFarlane was writing and drawing for Spider-man. We would have never had Venom if it wan't for Todd McFarlane. For your infomation, Peter Parker and Mary Jane broke up. Read a comic book!
Elijah on November 25, 2018:
I agree with you. Batman does stink. Thank you for your list.
aryan on November 09, 2018:
you know spiderman has always been my favourite hero but your reasons are really hillarious and they suck. i really cant understamd why a superhero names effect his attractipn quallity
d on October 07, 2018:
Quan on October 06, 2018:
I totally agree with you guys, Spider-Man is extremely better than Batman. Also, can you add reason number 11, please? Cause Batman does a lot of sneak attacks and it won't work on Spider-Man, because he has Spider-Sense, and it can help Spider-Man spot and dodge those sneak attacks of Batman. So, that is why Spider-Man is better than Batman.
Grace on August 10, 2018:
Nash on May 08, 2018:
Spider-man is way better than batman
gy on May 04, 2018:
Peter Parker on March 03, 2018:
You could have came up with better reasons man.
helolo on August 28, 2017:
spidermanlover on August 28, 2017:
spiderman is better
Kennethkitten on May 15, 2017:
Kennethkitten on May 15, 2017:
This is awesome!!
mr.b on September 29, 2016:
these are stupid reason
FARDIN 123 on May 20, 2016:
Sorry my touch is ridiculous....every time I press space bar a word pops up...
FARDIN 123 on May 20, 2016:
Great hub! Loved it! Just the 1stwo point wasn't accurate..... I would point out the fact that Peter invented the Web shooters which makes him really a genius.....Why didn't batman (even Lucias fox) didn't have the idea to build an equipment like that....and also in all new all different 616 universe Peter is a billionaire playboy....and he saves the whole world...I mean it the whole world just not New York or a small town like Gotham.... And also Peter made the money by his own intelligence (let alone doc ock mind swapping).... Like I'm not a billionaire Pete gives me a feeling that someday even I caneed become someone like him....and also Peter made every awesome toystuff he uses now himself....he's got different kinds of Web fluids.....what if Bruce was lost and later adopted by supe's parents? What would he do then? Lol...I can't even imagine!!
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 12, 2016:
@cperuzzi - that's awesome that you'd take time to write those points out in a comment. Great job! I appreciate your taking time to read my article and bonus points to you for realizing the "tongue in cheek" motive behind it.
Christopher Peruzzi from Freehold, NJ on May 12, 2016:
I realize this was tongue and cheek but here's from the other side.
Why Batman is better than Spider-man -
1. He's insanely rich - Batman isn't just well off, he's insanely rich. Like the big money holder in the DCU. More than Lex Luthor or anyone else, Bruce Wayne has megabucks. Peter Parker? Yeah, he scrambles for pocket change and his lack of funds has always been a sticking point.
2. He's got no powers and still scares the bejesus out of everyone - Where does he get those wonderful toys? He makes them. Who can still take out Superman and every nasty bad guy in the DCU (including Darkseid) - the man with the cowl. He just uses his smarts and the devices that he steals from his own company. Did I mention he's insanely rich? Spidey has had the equivalent of a "Kick Me" sign put on his back by the Human Torch.
3. Batman's Trilogy Made More Money - Batman Begins and Dark Knight Returns were mega hits at the box office. And let's face it, after 2001 Toby McGuire's Spider-man, the franchise kinda fizzled out. By the time Spider-man 3 came on board our hero was a weepy sad hero that was just plain embarrassing. Batman 3 recovers from a spine injury and kicks ass as he saves Gotham from a nuclear threat.
4. Spider-man is his own whiny sidekick - While Batman has Robin, he prefers working alone. Spider-man does enough whining for an entire superteam. Honest to God, I don't know how Aunt May just didn't encourage him to just fall on the Green Goblin's glider to just shut him up.
5. Batman is a badass. When the entire JLA got taken down by a Martian superteam, Batman took them out with a pint of gasoline and a match. Spider-man got his ass kicked by a guy wearing a symbiote that stole his powers.
6. Spider-man scores with just one woman. Bruce Wayne has a different one every night - Yup, it may only be his secret identity, but Batman can date anyone he wants. Parker gets lucky a couple of times and then whines about power and responsibility all through the relationship.
7. Spider-man gets buried in a grave for two weeks and no one noticed. - Kraven the Hunter beats the snot out of Spider-man and buried him in a grave for two weeks. No one even thought to look for Parker.
8. Without his webbing, Spider-man can't go anywhere - Batman has an entire array of transport vehicles that can get him around the globe within hours. Spider-man wrecked his Spider-mobile one time out.
9. Batman wages war on crime immediately after his parents die, Spider-man waits seventeen years until his uncle gets killed. - Talk about procrastination.
10. Seriously,... Batman is insanely rich. - Bruce Wayne makes Donald Trump look like a beggar. He's got more money than he'll ever spend in a lifetime. He makes Warren Buffet look cheap. He's loaded.
I could have just listed 1-9 with he's freaking loaded, but I decided that since Parker has spent the last fifty years being a whiny girly man that it had to be mentioned.
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on February 22, 2015:
@Petenali - No problem, citizen. Keep up the good work, and let me know if you see the likes of Dr. Smog and his minion, Polo Shun, around here.
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 22, 2015:
@Jeremy Gill - litter fighting, eh? I applaud you Garbageman! Thanks for keeping the streets of our cities clean from dirt and scum. Oh, and thanks for stopping by during your down time from being a super hero, to read my writing...
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on February 21, 2015:
I've always enjoyed both Spider-Man and Batman, but I find it easier to relate to the webhead. Like me, he struggles to balance finances, college, dates, and crime-fighting. Although the only crime I fight is littering : )
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 24, 2014:
Yep, "Spiderman Killer" ain't humour grand...?
spiderman killer on December 24, 2014:
shut up your reasons make people laugh
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 17, 2014:
Agreed Nash. I mean, who wants to watch or read about a grumpy character, unless it's one of the seven dwarves.
Nash on October 17, 2014:
Spider-man is funny (I am not talking about films). Batman is always grumpy . I like spider man better than Batman .
Google find on November 13, 2013:
Was watching amazing spiderman, and just googled why spiderman is cool, and this hit came up. Fun read. However, one of your early points, about all the batman shows, and that spiderman didn't get a film until 2002, well there was in fact a live action spiderman television show back in the 70's. I'm sure it can be found on youtube somewhere. There was also of course the spiderman animated series of the 1990s, which was also quite good. Anyhow, good read, thanks.
Man of Strength from Orlando, Fl on June 22, 2013:
@ the both of ya's,
Batman doesn't NEED a sidekick. Isn't Robin part time any way? Why does he have one? Consult DC Comics.
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 22, 2013:
@justthemessanger - great point. An Alpha male should be able to stand alone (kinda like, um... Spider-man). I can hear Batman now talking in a mellow tone to Robin, "You...... complete.......me!"
James C Moore from Joliet, IL on June 22, 2013:
Man of Strength:
So why does Batman need a sidekick and Spidey don't?
Man of Strength from Orlando, Fl on June 21, 2013:
While Peter Parker/Spiderman is more relatable and likeable, Bruce Wayne/Batman is who MOST men would want to be. He's the definiton of an Alpha male. The mere presense of Batman is intimidating. He's an impsoing figure and has a swagger Spiderman would never have in his wildest of dreams.
James C Moore from Joliet, IL on June 19, 2013:
Spiderman is the most super of the super heroes because he took the lemons in his life (being bitten by a radioactive spider) and turned it into lemonade. This also makes him super role model.
Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on June 17, 2013:
You just wait for my rebuttal petenali, you just wait.
I am preparing a hub on why Superman is the best super hero that will turn your hub into buzzard's meat.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on May 09, 2013:
His real name isn't two first names lol
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 23, 2013:
@TheTeenofSteel - your name would certainly imply that you are "team Superman"! Glad that you are not so stuck in your ways that you can consider other options. Thanks for taking time to read my hub and comment.
TheTeenofSteel on April 23, 2013:
Personally, I'm team Superman. Though i had recently been talking with a friend about spidey, and she said he was a whiney, horny little boy that wanted everything to be done for him. i actually came to your hub just to see if ANYONE has reasons against that, and i think that most of these are valid enough to at least make me want to try it out. I usually just stick to DC characters, but because of this article I'll make an exception
Selina Kyle on April 22, 2013:
lol tongue in cheek comments are my favorite kind ;)
I have to say though, I think Wolverine knocks all of them out of the water...
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2013:
@zeke2100 - No, I could never take him seriously. Sorry.
Zack Love on April 22, 2013:
petenali, are you a fan of Captain Britain?
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2013:
@To Start Again - C'mon, seriously, can you take anybody seriously who DOES wear their Y-fronts on the outside! As for the Parker thing, I do too, but I was kinda making a point with my tongue embedded in my cheek at the same time...lol! Thanks for commenting...
Selina Kyle on April 22, 2013:
Hmm...I'm sensing a theme here...
Either you really like SpiderMan or you hate people who wear their underpants outside their clothes and have capes...
BTW- I know more than one person whose first name is Parker- just sayin' ;)
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2013:
@jimmyglaughlin - thanks a bunch! I thought so too...lol!
Jim Laughlin from Connecticut on April 15, 2013:
Hmm, good points!
Pete (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 10, 2013:
@zeke2100 - I truly appreciate your honest, yet misguided, comment. Some truths simply cannot be re-written to tickle the ears of the ill-advised followers of the dark knight (note no use of capitals!). However, I will give your request the necessary thought to ensure I have not been mislead myself....
Okay, done! Nothing is gonna change. Have a great day!
Zack Love on April 10, 2013:
I grew up being a fan of both Spiderman and Batman almost equally. I find it interesting that you did a comparison of two comic book characters from two different universes.
I have always been fascinated that Batman is put on the same level with other superheroes, because he is 100% human and has absolutely no super powers. Yet his suit and gadgets seem to protect him from the deadliest of situations. Considering this, I would say that Batman is pretty incredible just because he is not really a superhero, yet he has survived incursions with the same foes that all of the other superheroes fight.
Please reconsider your stance immediately and rewrite your Hub accordingly.
Rubie McPhink from Virginia on April 04, 2013:
By far and large, Spiderman as a hero has always been considered as one of the good role models to mankind...and like he has said with power comes with great responsibility!!
Stevennix2001 on April 01, 2013:
@The Dark Knight
Actually to be fair about your point about Peter's first love being Gwen, that's technically true, but Peter's first girlfriend in the comic books was Betty Brant if you really want to get analytical about all this.