The Bat vs The Spider, Who Takes the Throne?

Spider-Man No Way Home and The Batman have been 2 of the most anticipated in history. While both the movies feature 2 of our favorite superheroes, the movies are completely different. Spider-Man NWH is the 3rd movie in the Tom Holland run and takes place after Peter Parker’s identity is revealed. This leads him to ask Doctor Strange for some help but his Stranges spell interferes with leading to past villains for all Spider-Man movies returning. With some help from some familiar faces, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Spiderman learns his outcome. The Batman features Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne venturing into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis. This is Pattinson’s first Batman movie and there could be many more to come. With both plots pulling in the viewers, which movie was superior?

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 Spider-Man No Way Home was released on December 17th, 2021. Spider-Man No Way Home comes after “Spider-Man Homecoming” and “Spiderman Far From Home ” which were both praised. With the trailers teasing past villains and epic scenes, the movie was talked about by everyone. The numbers can back this up as Spiderman raked in over $260 million during its opening weekend and has become the third highest-grossing movie ever. On the other hand, The Batman comes six years after “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” which was not perceived as well. 

In comparison, “The Batman” earned $128.5 million, making it the second-best opening during the pandemic behind “No Way Home” (via Box Office Mojo). The 

Web-head beats the Dark Knight in this category. 

 Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. The Tomatometer score is calculated from reviews published by Tomatometer-approved critics. The Audience Score is calculated from ratings submitted to Rotten Tomatoes by users. When we look at Spider-Man NWH, it has a tomatomer of 93% and an audience score of 98%. The critique consensus describes it as “A bigger, bolder Spider-Man sequel, No Way Home expands the franchise’s scope and stakes without losing sight of its humor and heart.” On the other hand, when we look at The Batman, it is given a tomatometer of 85% and an audience score of 88%. The critique consensus describes it as “A grim, gritty, and gripping super-noir, The Batman ranks among the Dark Knight’s bleakest — and most thrillingly ambitious — live-action outings.”  Not only did Spidey get a higher tomatometer, but he also got a higher score from the audience. Both movies were highly rated but why does Spider-Man No Way Home always out edge The Batman?

Spider-Man No Way Home was more acknowledged over The Batman for multiple reasons. The first reason is that Spider-Man NWH is a crossover of 3 different Spidermans while The Batman is the first movie with Pattison. IndieWire describes this situation the best, “Sony benefits from its elevated coordination with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Within the “Spider-Man” world, “No Way Home” followed two films that each exceeded its immediate predecessor. In between there was the animated “Into the Spider-Verse,” which scored an unexpected $190 million. D.C. Comics and Batman have been less consistent. “The Batman” comes six years after “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” which opened to $166 million but then only doubled that figure for its final domestic gross.” Another factor was Spider-Man is overall more known than Batman. The eight Spider-Man titles have a total adjusted gross of $3.75 billion in the U.S./Canada. The nine films of the “Batman” franchise totals $3.4 billion. Both franchises are big, but “Spider-Man” has been bigger. Spider-Man will always outedge The Batman in sales but this does not mean one movie is better than the other. At the end of the day, its all your preference and your taste. Both movies are art in their own ways and you should watch both of them and see which one you like better.

Saeed Harinandan

Hi, My name is Saeed Harinandan and I am a 17-year-old senior from Queens NY. For fun, I like to spend time with my family and friends and do activities like going to the movies, playing video games, or playing sports. I use journalism as a side passion to utilize my voice and inform readers about what’s going on in the world.