World’s Most Popular Superheroes

It’s the stereotypical comic book geek question—“Who would win in a fight?” Considering the comic book industry’s history of bowing to the demands of their fans, the answer to that question really comes down to which superhero is more popular. If you want to know who’d be left standing after an all-out superhero brawl, then the question you really need to be asking is “Who is the most popular superhero in the world?”

After a series of rigorous trials and arcane experiments—i.e. seeing which ones got the most results on Google—I’ve compiled the following list of superheroes most likely to win a grudge match. Also included are the superheroes’ highest ratings by the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes and their highest grosses on an opening weekend.

World's most popular superhero - Hulk

5. The Incredible Hulk
This misunderstood monster made a triumphant return to the box office with 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Considering the horror that was the Hulk’s previous movie, it’s surprising that Marvel managed to sign an actor of Edward Norton’s caliber for this latest one.
The Incredible Hulk on Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
The Incredible Hulk opening weekend: $55,414,050

World's most popular superhero - Superman

4. Superman
The first superhero’s latest theatrical adventure may not have been the success that it could’ve been, but that didn’t keep the last son of Krypton off the list. Superman is easily one of the most iconic (if not the most iconic) superheroes to grace the pages of a funnybook.
Superman II on Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Superman Returns opening weekend: $52,535,096

World's most popular superhero - Iron Man

3. Iron Man
The fact that Tony Stark is even on this list is remarkable—the other five have appeared numerous times in both the box office and on television. Iron Man, by contrast, never had his own television series and only has the one movie under his belt.
Iron Man on Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Iron Man opening Weekend: $102,118,668

2. Spider-Man

World's most popular superhero - Spider-Man

Peter Parker has problems, but that hasn’t kept him from becoming a giant in the comic book industry. In fact, it’s pretty much the reason he’s up there. I also suspect that part of his popularity is due to having some of comicdom’s most fascinating villains, but I digress.
Spider-Man 2 on Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Spider-Man 3 opening weekend: $151,116,516

World's most popular superhero - Batman

1. Batman
From the 60s TV series to this year’s Dark Knight, Batman has been through the ringer when it comes to moving pictures. Tim Burton’s movies succeeded in bringing the grim and gritty Batman to film while Joel Schumacher nearly killed the franchise by infusing it with the campiness of the dynamic duo’s original television adventures. Director Christopher Nolan’s success with Batman Begins was only compounded by this year’s Dark Knight which, sadly, was marred by the passing of Heath Ledger after what was probably his greatest performance on film. Despite that tragedy (or, perhaps, because of it), Dark Knight now holds the record for the highest grossing opening weekend ever. All that tells us that Batman is the world’s most popular superhero.
Besides, everyone knows Batman can kick anyone’s ass.
Dark Knight on Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Dark Knight opening weekend: $158,411,483

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14 Responses to “World’s Most Popular Superheroes”

  1. jUMPYm4X says:

    WHAAAT???? Spider-Man should be on top…Iron Man shouldn't be on it at all…Hulk should be higher…Super Man shouldn't be on it.

  2. carrelyn says:

    my little brother really likes IRON MAN and SPIDER MAN.

  3. Christopher says:

    Despite that Heath Ledger made The Joker the greatest villain of all time and “The Dark Knight” the most popular hero movie, Spider-Man should be Number 1 Most popular Super-Hero in the World. If it wasn’t for Mr. Ledger, Dark Knight wouldn’t have drawn so much attention meaning that Batman was never as popular as Spidey and Superman in the first place. Plus, Spider-Man is super-human (BETTER) compared to Batman and cooler than Superman (Christopher Reeve was really cool even though.)

  4. Christopher says:

    Spidey has the true original designed costume that is more than just red and blue where as Superman and Batman just look similar as far as underwear, belts, boots, and gloves go, but have different symbols and Superman= red, blue, yellow/ Batman= black or gray & black. The black-suited Spider-Man has the coolest white spider-symbol and mask that looks better than Batman’s pointed ears, serrated-cape, and just ordinary bat in golden oval symbol.

  5. Christopher says:

    Spidey= The Most Popular Super-Hero in the World/ Superman= The First True Super-Hero and Most Well-Known Super-Hero in the World. Clark’s uniform is cool in spite of Spidey.

  6. Christopher says:

    Christopher Reeve made Superman better than Batman too.

  7. Silver says:

    It’s okay with batman, but where is Wolverine?
    Where is he?
    Super man shouldn’t be on it at all, he’s a loser!

  8. otherside says:

    spiderman should be up to the top! that’s why we all need to support him at the box office next few movies out! we can’t let batman win, although those films aren’t bad.

  9. Jack says:

    Spiderman should be first, followed closely by Batman. They should not rate the popularity based on the opening weekend. Besides, Heath Ledger drew the attractions for Dark Knight and stole the show, not Batman himself.

    However, despite Batman has no natural super powers, he can basically kick any other heroes or villain’s ass due to his peak of human performance and high intelligence.

  10. :)KaTiE says:

    i think super man iz beta than iron man and beta than batman… cuz super man iz hotter!!! and cuz u kin actually c hiz face! n cuz ironman neva had hiz own tv show so it shudnt count!!! grrr

  11. zonerider says:

    Just ask yourself this one question: "if you were in a burning 500-foot skyscraper atop Mt. Everest, which superhero would you want to rescue you?" And to make matters worst, it's raining hale the size of basketballs and the fire is already on the 499th floor…

    Or go ask any person you meet who they think is the greatest superhero…

    I rest my case…

  12. loverly supergirl says:

    yer up wat about the girls darrrr . . . . . . .

  13. TDK says:

    Pfft. Batman>all, hands down .

    I personally also love GL though. Very powerful weapon, he's got.

  14. just me says:

    late to this dance! but thank you all for a great laugh.

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