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Superhero Showdown Championship: And the winner is...(Plus: EXCLUSIVE ART of the winner!)

One month ago, we launched our Superhero Showdown bracket in an attempt to decide once and for all the identity of the greatest superhero of all time. The votes came flooding in and now we can declare unilaterally and scientifically that Batman — Dark Knight, Caped Crusader, World’s Greatest Detective, Walking Advertisement for the Utility-Belt Salesman of America — is officially the greatest costumed crimefighter in all of comic bookdom. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown: Batman vs. Superman! Vote now to decide the greatest superhero ever!

And so it has come to this. Starting with an initial pool of 32 costumed crimefighters, our Superhero Showdown bracket game has slowly but surely whittled the playing field down to two final contestants. The greatest and most popular heroes in comic book history have all fallen by the wayside: Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the unexpectedly popular upstart Hellboy, all of the Marvel superheroes. We are left now with a final face-off that defines the whole history of superherodom. In one corner, wearing very bright colors and an All-American smile: Superman, the Kansas farmboy, the hero of glittering Metropolis, blessed with every superpower you can imagine. In the other corner, wearing very dark colors and a cynical grimace: Batman, the big-city billionaire orphan, dark avenger of bleak Gotham, blessed with no superpowers besides boundless vengeful determination. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown Semi-Final Round: Batman vs. Iron Man!

Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark. Batman and Iron Man. One man, a morose orphan on an eternal mission of vengeance; the other, a brilliant gadfly turned industrial superhero. The two heroes sit at the upper tier of their respective universes; they have also become, in the modern age, arguably the most popular superheroes in the world, headlining billion-dollar film franchises. (To a certain extent, whenever Robert Downey Jr. appears in public now, he is playing Tony Stark.) Today, Batman and Iron Man face off in a blazing semi-final match. Who will advance to the final round? The decision…is up to you.

Check out our mini-bios of today’s competitors, and scroll down to vote now in the Batman/Iron Man match-up. Be sure to vote in our other Final Four competition: Superman vs. Spider-Man. And to get a look at how our tournament has gone so far, click on the image below for a full-sized printable bracket. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown Semi-Final Round: Superman vs. Spider-Man!

Today, we enter the Final Four round of our Superhero Showdown — our ultra-mega-championship to decide which costumed crimefighter is the greatest superhero in comic book history. Today, we need you to vote in a match-up that, in many ways, defined the mainstream comic book industry for decades. In one corner: Superman, the original DC hero, a handsome image of All-American(-by-way-of-Krypton) invulnerability. In the other corner: Spider-Man, the defining Marvel hero-with-personal-problems, a creepy-cool image of urban adolescence run amok. They make ideal counterpoints. Superman flies over Metropolis, observing crime from on high like a candy-colored demi-god; Spider-Man swings through the tall shadows of Manhattan. Superman was born on a distant planet and raised on the rolling plains of Kansas; Spider-Man comes from Queens.

Check out our mini-bios of today’s competitors, and scroll down to vote now in the Spider-Man/Superman match-up. Be sure to check back tomorrow for another DC vs. Marvel showdown between Batman and Iron Man — a pair of superheroes who, in the last decade, have arguably usurped Spidey and Supes as the industry’s standard-bearers. And to get a look at how our tournament has gone so far, click on the image below for a full-sized printable bracket. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Round 3: Batman vs. Wolverine! Captain America vs. Iron Man!

And so it has come to this: The final two matchups in the quarter-final round of our Superhero Showdown bracket game. In the first face-off, two of the most popular heroes in the whole history of fiction will fight for domination: It’s Batman vs. Wolverine, two superheroes who arguably define their respective comic book universe, two characters who have headlined some of the most important stories in comic book history (not to mention a few movies you might have heard about.) Then, witness a showdown between two old friends and teammates: Iron Man vs. Captain America. There can only be one!

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in on Monday, at 2:00 PM EST. And there’s still time to vote in yesterday’s quarter-final battles: Superman vs. Hellboy, and Spider-Man vs. Green Lantern. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Round 3: Superman vs. Hellboy! Spider-Man vs. Green Lantern!

We’ve reached Round 3 of our Superhero Showdown bracket game. Some of the most famous comic book heroes in history have fallen by the wayside in the bloody battle to decide which costumed crimefighter is the Greatest Superhero Ever. (So long, Hulk! Farewell, Punisher! Sayonara, Wonder Woman!) The eight remaining contestants are a diverse bunch. Four come from Marvel; three come from DC; and the dark horse contender hails from, well, Dark Horse. You can vote today in a pair of quarter-final matches guaranteed to split your geek brain asunder. First, a top-seeded global icon will face off against a relative newcomer: It’s Superman vs. Hellboy, with the latter fresh from a pair of bruising upset victories over Ghost Rider and Captain Marvel. Then, one of Marvel’s most beloved characters will face off against a misunderstood DC comeback kid: It’s Spider-Man vs. Green Lantern. (Green Lantern’s only weakness: Yellow. Spider-Man’s only weakness: Existential angst.)

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in exactly 48 hours, at 1:00 PM EST on August 18. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a pair of truly thrilling superhero showdowns: Batman vs. Wolverine, and Captain America vs. Iron Man. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Round 2: Batman vs. The Punisher! Wonder Woman vs. Captain America! And more!

Round 2 of our Superhero Showdown bracket game continues today with four soul-searing face-offs between eight of our most beloved costumed crimefighters, each of them in their own way deserving of the title “Greatest Superhero Ever.” Famous anti-gun advocate Batman battles the Punisher, a rabid pro-gun proponent. Star-crossed lovers Wolverine and Jean Grey will decide once and for all which X-Man is the best X-Man. Wonder Woman and Captain America will battle for the honor of the island of Themyscira and the Stars and Stripes, respectively. Lastly, Iron Man and Deadpool will match weaponry and witticisms. (“Weaponry and Witticisms” would be a great name for a jazz collective.)

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in exactly 48 hours, at 12:30 PM EST on August 16. And remember, voting is still open on the first four match-ups in round 2: Superman vs. Thor; Hellboy vs. Captain Marvel; Green Lantern vs. Invisible Woman; and Spider-Man vs. the Hulk. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Round 2: Superman vs. Thor! Spider-Man vs. Hulk! And more!

Today, we begin Round 2 of our Superhero Showdown bracket game, moving one step closer to deciding which costumed crimefighter is the greatest superhero ever. The Round of 16 kicks off today with four agonizing big-ticket match-ups. Superman and Thor enter the arena, representing the dead planet Krypton and the heavenly realm of Asgard. Fresh from an upset victory over Ghost Rider, Hellboy will battle Captain Marvel for supernatural supremacy. Green Lantern and Invisible Woman will hurl energy at each other, some of it green, some of it invisible. And in the final bout, Marvel icons Spider-Man and the Hulk will decide once and for all whether it’s better to get your power from a radioactive spider or a gamma bomb.

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in exactly 48 hours, at 12:30 PM EST on August 15. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the other half of Round 2: Batman vs. The Punisher, Wolverine vs. Jean Grey, Wonder Woman vs. Captain America, and Iron Man vs. Deadpool. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: The Superhero Showdown Begins!

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This week, EW.com kicked off our official Superhero Showdown bracket game, a 32-way battle to decide which costumed crimefighter is the greatest superhero in comic book history. On today’s episode of Entertainment Geekly, Jeff and I closely analyze all 16 first-round matches and offer our own picks. There are some surprises. There are some heartbreaking decisions. There are occasional tangents into the history of comic books. And there is a surprising outpouring of support for Metamorpho.

Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store. Tweet arguments and counterarguments at us at @EWDocJensen and @EWDarrenFranich. And to play along at home, click on the bracket below for a full-sized printable Superhero Showdown Bracket.





Past Podcasts:
The epic ‘Dark Knight Rises’ podcast
The movies of Comic-Con, plus our ‘Dark Knight Rises’ likes (and dislikes)
The ‘Before Watchmen’ debate (Plus: Alan Moore does Harry Potter!)
Spider-Man on Film
The mysteries of ‘Prometheus’

Superhero Showdown, Day 4: Hulk! Wolverine! Captain America! Iron Man! Vote now to decide the Greatest Superhero of All Time!

Who is the greatest superhero of all time? This month, we’re going to settle the age-old debate once and for all! Here at PopWatch, we’re taking 32 seeded contestants and pitting them against each other in a superpowered bracket game. Everything is on the table: The heroes’ costumes, their superpowers, the number of actual great stories they inspired. To level the playing field, we’ve separated the heroes into nine different groups for the first round of match-ups. Today, we’re featuring four magnificent face-offs: Hulk vs. The Flash; Wolverine vs. Kitty Pryde; Captain America vs. Aquaman; and Iron Man vs. Green Arrow.

Scroll down to vote in today’s polls, and be sure to click here to download the printable image of the complete Superhero Showdown bracket. Day Four polls will close in exactly 48 hours, at 12:30 PM ET on August 11. Be sure to vote in our Day Three match-ups: Thor vs. Martian ManhunterGhost Rider vs. HellboyGreen Lantern vs. The Great Machine; and The Punisher vs. The Spirit.

And check out our handy video introduction to all this superhero madness here. READ FULL STORY

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