My children are going through a comic that they just got today in the mail and it has a 'Tourney' set up to find out who the best villain and superhero is and then who would win in the fight. The first matchup is "Hawkman vs. Batman".

I like Batman (so I am biased) but are there any instances in which they have actually fought each other, and if so, who won?

  • As an aside, Batman was apparently inspired in part by the Hawkmen in the Flash Gordon comic strips.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 9, 2016 at 19:25
  • Are we going to find out who won then? Or did the magazine just raise the matchup as a thought experiment?
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 10:06
  • @Richard, I am thinking that I might post the entire tournament and ask make it similar in structure to this question, your thoughts?
    – Malachi
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 12:20
  • @Richard ►►►►meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/q/9457/25784
    – Malachi
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 12:29

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TL;DR - If Hawkman fought Batman in a stand-up fight, he would defeat Batman with relative ease. In addition to being stronger, possessing regenerative powers, greater speed and the ability to fly, he also has a wide range of lethal weaponry.

The standard response to this argument is that if Batman knew a fight was coming, there's really no-one he can't defeat, up to and including Superman.

Batman fought Hawkman in JLA #119 as part of the "Crisis of Conscience" story arc. Since Batman was under Despero's mind-control, Hawkman wasn't looking to kill him but merely subdue him. Batman ended up slugging him and Hawkman backed off. Despite taking a solid punch right in the face from Batman, on the following page Hawkman seems quite well, albeit rubbing his jaw.

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They also fought (briefly) in Public Enemies. Again, Hawkman has a substantial advantage, trapping Batman in a thrown web but doesn't move in for the kill, ultimately losing when Superman steps in.

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    That video needs more abs. Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 19:16

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