I'm aware of only two times that Batman has defeated Superman in a fight:

  1. The Dark Knight Returns (Which is an alternate universe).
  2. Batman: Hush (Where Supes was under Poison Ivy's mind control).

Has Batman ever fought Supes and won in the mainstream continuity?

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    Isn't Hush in the mainstream continuity? – Paul D. Waite Jan 29 '13 at 14:31
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    @PaulD.Waite - It is. I just disqualified it because Supes was under Ivy's mind control, and I'm not entirely sure if he was in possession of his full facilities. – System Down Jan 29 '13 at 18:02
  • Ah, gotcha - yes, Kryptonite-laced lipstick and all that. – Paul D. Waite Jan 30 '13 at 11:10
  • When I was young, I used to read the Batman comics, and the only time I saw him fight Superman, it was a one punch fight, and Batman only avoided breaking all the bones in his hand because Superman rolled with the punch. Superman didn't even get mad about it, presumably because it didn't hurt at all. – Wad Cheber Jul 9 '15 at 23:39
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Yes it has, although it was fairly recent, so watch out for spoilers if you're a comic-reader who's behind:

Batman did fight and successfully defeat Superman in Batman #35 of the New 52, although the conditions are similar to #2 in your question. Superman is under the influence of a very-powerful Joker venom, along with Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Aquaman. Batman is successfully able to stop all four Leaguers single-handedly (albeit one at a time), including Superman. While he does observe that none of them are working at peak efficiency, he also notes that Superman is going much farther than he normally would because he's not restraining himself. Jokerified-Superman

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    How does he beat him? – AncientSwordRage Mar 29 '16 at 9:25
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    @AncientSwordRage As I recall Batman spends an entire issue thinking "Please not him, please let Clark be off Earth, please let it be the Flash or Diana or anyone but Clark," and then when Superman shows up it's just a matter of "hang on for dear life." Batman uses shrunken red suns in his fists' knuckles (courtesy of Ray Palmer) and spits a kryptonite-laced gum in Superman's face at the last moment, but it's a VERY close thing. Summary here, if you care to read more. The fight with the other heroes starts in the preceding issue. – Nerrolken Mar 29 '16 at 18:04

Batman has never fought Superman in any canon DC continuity where he has had time to prep and Superman wasn't under the influence of one force or another. In any such confrontation, Batman wouldn't have a chance. Even Batman admits this.

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  • In the New52, interactions between Superman and Batman have been limited and unlikely to be won by Batman for some time since the universe is basically being restarted. I suspect we will have a moment of awesome (TV-Tropes warning) where brain defeats brawn, in the future.

  • The most famous canon confrontation was – Batman Vol. 1 #611 where Batman faces off against a mind-controlled Superman. Batman does NOT win this fight. Superman breaks the mind-control on his own when Catwoman pushes Lois Lane out the window.

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  • In the Post-Crisis DCU, during the JLA storyline written by Mark Waid, Tower of Babel Batman uses an artificially created Red Kryptonite (of his own design, no less) to incapacitate Superman by overwhelming his super-senses. This makes Superman's senses so acute he can still hear people on Earth, while he was on the moon.

  • Batman created this Red Kryptonite as a contingency against needing to incapacitate Superman without killing him. Nary a punch is thrown. Batman also creates a similar contingency for the rest of the Justice League as well.

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    I like how he casually just "creates a similar contingency for the rest of the Justice League as well."! This shows how calculated and well-planned his moves are; Superman being a brute and totally-reliant on his "Power", would probably not foresee these "contingencies"... – Möoz Apr 2 '14 at 21:02
  • His 'contingency' for Wonder Woman was a form of mind-rape that had her in constant fear & pain; it would have killed her (eventually, after several brutal days) when her heart finally gave out. It wasn't even remotely 'similar' in scope or effect to what he did to Superman. Superman was overwhelmed and expected to flee, Wonder Woman was stuffed in an agony fridge. – Jeff Jul 9 '15 at 19:30

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