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Subj: Shiva vs. Bane
Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 at 09:32:52 pm EST
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Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 11:12:20 am EST

I realize that these types of "what ifs" are a bit tangential, however, I ask for a bit of latitude.

The question is, given how the D.C. Universe tends to rank fighters based upon martial arts prowess, could a fighter of Shiva's class beat a non Venom infused Bane?

My reason for raising this question is that seemingly, martial arts skill seems to be the great equilizer for any disparities of size, strength and/or speed.

Intuitively, it would stand to reason that despite Shiva's abilities, Bane's superior size, strength (and formidable fighting skills) would make quick work of Shiva. The key here being the fact that it is not just highly skilled Shiva taking some larger incapable or unskilled individual. Bane, although not a martial artist, is a skilled fighter.

It would be the same as why you could take the Welterweight boxing champion of the world and pit him against a top ten ranked Heavyweight and the odds would be heavily in favor of the Heavyweight winning. An example would be Mike Tyson (in his prime) against literally any Welterweight or lighter from any era. Conventional boxing wisdom would have him destroying them.

A recent post that mentioned that Black Canary (post recent training) may be a superior fighter than Batman. If it came down to it, one would think that Batman would make quick work of Black Canary (or Shiva for that matter) assuming all things equal (eg. no "sucker punch", handicaps, etc.) given that they are both highly skilled fighters. I have read the story arcs where Batman and Shiva have fought to virtual standstills and it vexes me to this day.

Just curious based upon the fact that the top fighters in the Batman D.C. Universe always seem to be ranked based upon where they stack up in the martial arts hierarchy versus whom would beat whom regardless of training discipline.


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