Who is the stronger hero? Michael Cavna and David Betancourt weigh up the odds.

Two iconic characters in capes rocketed the comic-books industry into mainstream: Superman and Batman, twin pop-culture monuments who, though born in the late 30s, still reign ageless. Now these Spandex heavyweights are going (Super-)mano a (Bat-)mano for the first time on the big screen, in director Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

So who has the edge in this epic showdown of DC Comics' most popular warriors? Sure, Superman is the stronger combatant - but don't think Batman doesn't have something in his utility belt to counter him. Let's weigh up their pros and cons.

BIRTH NAME

Superman: Kal-El.

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Batman: Bruce Wayne.

Advantage: Superman, with a name so distinctive, fan Nicolas Cage even tagged his son with it.

OFFICIAL CHARACTER HEIGHT

Superman: 6ft3 (1.92m).

Batman: 6ft2 (1.89m).

Advantage: Superman, though in real life Ben Affleck is taller than Henry Cavill.

OFFICIAL CHARACTER WEIGHT

Superman: 235lb (107kg).

Batman: 210lb (95kg).

Advantage: Depends on weight of Batman's gadget-laced utility belt.

HAIR

Superman: Signature S-curl.

Batman: Potential "helmet hair" from the cowl.

Advantage: Superman.

LOGO

Superman: Chest-spanning "S".

Batman: Fear-inducing black bat.

Advantage: Batman. The "Bat-Signal" looks impressive projected into the midnight skies over Gotham.

SECRET IDENTITY

Superman: Bumbling, stumbling newspaper reporter Clark Kent.

Batman: Billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.

Advantage: Superman - those media connections pay off in times of trouble.

ICONIC CRASH PAD

Superman: Icy "Fortress of Solitude".

Batman: Dank, subterranean "Batcave".

Advantage: Batman - better manservant.

PERSONALITY

Superman: Earnest do-gooder (aka "The Big Blue Boy Scout").

Batman: Dark, tortured vigilante.

Advantage: Superman. Batman's a real downer as a plus-one.

ORIGIN STORY

Superman: The infant Kal-El's parents rocketed him away in a capsule like a cosmos-Moses before they died in the explosion of home planet Krypton.

Batman: Young Bruce Wayne saw his own parents murdered before his eyes, while old enough to remember the psyche-scarring event.

Advantage: For lifelong mental torture as compelling narrative, Batman.

FIGHTING ATTRIBUTES

Superman: Super-flight, super-speed, super-hearing, super-intelligence, super-near-invulnerability, super-heat vision.

Batman: Hand-to-hand combat; a street-fighter's hard-won guile.

Advantage: Batman.

WEAKNESS

Superman: Kryptonite radiation, love of humanity.

Batman: No actual superpower, Catwoman's feline allure.

Advantage: Batman.

SIDEKICK

Superman: Usually works alone.

Batman: Most often Robin, the Boy Wonder.

Advantage: Superman. Poor, Batman has had to endure too many sidekick deaths.

NOTABLE VILLAINS

Superman: Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Zod.

Batman: Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bane, Ra's al Ghul.

Advantage: Batman - arguably the greatest rogues' gallery in comics history.

CREATORS

Superman: Nerdy, outsidery Canadian/Cleveland boys in the 30s (Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster).

Batman: Streetwise, outsidery New York lads in the 30s (Bob Kane and Bill Finger).

Advantage: You pick.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS AMONG BIG-SCREEN ACTORS

Superman: Reeve, Routh, Cavill et al = zero.

Batman: Keaton, Clooney, Bale, Affleck = 14.

Advantage: Batman.

MEMORABLE MUSIC

Superman: John Williams' triumphant horns in the original films.

Batman: Hans Zimmer's Dolby-splitting bass synthesizers in the Christopher Nolan films.

Advantage: Depends on the darkness of your mortal soul.

ROMANTIC HIGHLIGHT

Superman: Flying a charmed Lois through the gentle evening sky.

Batman: Getting face-licked by a villainous, leather-loving Catwoman.

Advantage: You pick - this one says more about you.

BEST DEATH

Superman: Memorably slain by a monster named Doomsday (before inevitable resurrection).

Batman: Flatlined by Darkseid (before cheating death by time travel).

Advantage: Superman - he "revived" much more quickly.

MOTTO/OATH

Superman: "Truth, justice and the American way."

Batman: "And I swear by the spirits of my parents to avenge their deaths by spending the rest of my life warring on all criminals."

Advantage: Superman's for bumper sticker; Batman's for eight-decade narrative.