Before Batman v Superman was even a twinkle in Zack Snyder‘s eye, researchers at the University of Leicester were hard at work studying which superhero would actually be the strongest. Now, this isn’t just a bunch of fans sitting around discussing powers; this is real scientific research. Students at the university have spent seven years collecting and analyzing data and they have finally come to a conclusion with solid physics to back them up.
So, who is the strongest superhero? Well, it turns out that according to science, the best-equipped superhero is none other than–drum-roll, please–Superman. With his high-density muscles and ‘super flare attack’ abilities, he’s pretty much untouchable. Plus, his only known weakness is Kryptonite and who has that lying around? Honorable mentions go to Wolverine (regenerative abilities), Mystique (appearance manipulation) and Thor (energy efficiency).
The findings also site Marvel’s Black Bolt–ruler of the ‘inhumans’–as the ‘most destructive’ hero (he’s capable of planetary annihilation). But don’t worry, the study still suggests that Superman wold win in a fight. Phew.
And who bottomed out? Well, it looks like science has spoken and Batman is the most ill-equipped superhero out there. Sorry, his car’s cool, but according to research, Batman wouldn’t be able to get off the ground to glide around the city like he so often does in the comics. Plus, even if he could get into a glide, he likely wouldn’t survive the impact of the landing. Poor Batman.
The university course responsible for this study is one that encourages creative projects to familiarize students with the process of writing and submitting scientific papers. So the students are learning to be good contributors to the scientific community and we get to settle important debates that even Hollywood couldn’t quite pin down. See kids? Science is fun!