In case you missed part 1, I’ve started a series of articles giving my take on the current Moviefone.com Heroes and Villains tournament.  Essentially half the bracket is comprised of Hero vs Hero battles, leading to the finals where the ultimate hero will meet the ultimate villain (as voted by anyone who goes to the site), who went through a similar bracket of fellow baddies.  I’ve already given my analysis for who would advance from the “Physical Heroes” portion of the brackets, and now it’s time to get down to the next set of 8.  Feel encouraged to respond with your take on things.

Comic / Fantasy

Match 1 – Aragorn (Lord of the Rings) vs James T. Kirk (Star Trek ’79 – ’94)

This battle is a bit tough for me to decide because I’m neither a Trekkie nor have I seen the Lord Of The Rings movies more than once.  That said, I think this one is fairly obvious.  Aragorn’s strength is fighting, whereas Kirk is more of a captain who fights when he has to.  Aragorn should pick up this win fairly easily.  (Agreed with Moviefone voting)

Match 2 – Batman (Dark Knight) vs Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen)

Let’s be realistic here.  If Dr. Manhattan wanted to blow up the world, he could, so let’s not factor that in.  The direction I’m taking this one is that Batman is smart enough to figure out what Manhattan’s weakness would be, and he would come prepared – whatever the cost.  The Dark Knight prevails. (Agreed with Moviefone voting)

Match 3 – Frodo (Lord of the Rings) vs Harry Potter

Some LotR fans will likely try to chop off my head (or throw me into a nearly-erupting volcano) for saying this, but I don’t remember Frodo doing much that would be considered “heroic” beyond his perseverance.  He let other people do the fighting for him while he just did everything he could to get that blasted ring destroyed.  Harry Potter also had significant help from his friends, but he stood up in the face of evil and battled it head on (albeit a few times a bit head-strong).  If Harry Potter gets to use his magic wand, this one’s no contest, with the Lightning Bolt Scar Boy picking up an easy win.  If it’s hand to hand combat, I think Potter STILL wins, as Frodo IS a hobbit, which are said to be considerably smaller than humans.  Either way, Potter advances. (Agreed with Moviefone voting)

Match 4 – Spider-man vs Superman (Christopher Reeve version)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the wise-cracking web-slinger, but there’s NO WAY that Spider-man defeats Superman.  No chance.  Not even if he finds Kryptonite and launches it at Superman with his web or uses some sort of elaborate trap.  Whether it’s through his x-ray vision, heat vision, super speed or super breath, Superman avoids any and all of that mess.  Spider-man’s acrobatics and Spidey-senses aren’t good enough to help him overcome the sheer destructive potential of Krypton’s Last Son.(Agreed with Moviefone voting)

Round 2 Matches

Match 5 – Aragorn (LotR) vs Batman (Dark Knight)

Aragorn is a skilled fighter, but Batman is supposedly one of the best fighters in the world.  I think Batman would definitely figure out how to combat Aragorn’s use of a sword, and the Dark Knight would be able to strike more swiftly in counter attacks.  I also think the use of projectile weapons and diversionary tactics would be to Batman’s advantage.  Sorry, Tolkien fans, but Batman has this one wrapped up (Agree with Moviefone voting)

Match 6 – Harry Potter vs Superman

Does Harry Potter have some sort of Kryptonite spell at his disposal?  Would the killing curse work on the Man Of Steel?  Even if it would, I don’t see Harry even considering using it.  Superman wins again in another relatively elementary victory.  (Agree with Moviefone voting)

Bracket Finals:  Superman vs Batman

Battle of the Worlds Finest shouldn’t surprise anyone.  You might think Moviefone did something of an injustice by not including Wolverine, and I can agree with you there.  I’m just dealing with the cards I’m dealt, so we’ll go with this final fight to see who advances to the Elite 8.  Because Moviefone voting hasn’t reached a winner in this match yet, we potentially get to influence that outcome.  I’m sure there have been thousands of discussions all over the world regarding a potential winner in this fight, and while I could see it going either direction, I’ll go with the view I think more people would buy into.  Batman’s intellect would help him figure out that Kryptonite is Superman’s weakness, so he’d find a way to collect enough of the substance to cover a special version of his batsuit.  After moving into an advantageous position (using his master combat skills) where he could keep Superman from using his flight to avoid Kryptonite poisoning, I think Batman would use his hand to hand combat skills to put Superman down for the count, allowing the Dark Knight to represent the Comic / Fantasy group in the Elite 8.


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