For decades, superhero fans have debated about who the best superhero is which, until now, remained unsettled. However, a study published by students at the University of Leicester reveals that the most powerful superhero based on his superpowers is undoubtedly Superman while the most ill-equipped superhero is Batman.

The study, which took seven years to finish, explains that the feasibility of Superman’s range of superpowers could help him win in any battle with another superhero. While Black Bolt is the most destructive with his ability to destroy planets, he is still no match for Superman’s “Super Flare” attack on top of Kal-El’s other superpowers.

Based on the Law of Conservation, Superman’s new power is estimated to have a solar energy output of 7.07×105 Joules per second. Superman’s higher muscle tissue density also help his superpowers.

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Batman would be ill-equipped to fight villains like Joker in real life. Credit: Youtube/

The students say that Wolverine and Mystique came in close as the candidate for the most powerful hero. Like Superman, they also boast of many skills which include cell regeneration and gene manipulation to disguise oneself in the case of Mystique. Honorable mention also goes to Thor. Thor’s high energy efficiency and explosive powers also make him among the most formidable of all superheroes.

Among the most popular superheroes, Batman is found to be the most ill-equipped superhero. Batman’s abilities would kill him in real life.

He would most likely be killed upon landing after gliding, which reaches around 80 km/hr. Moreover, Batman’s inability to perform the basic superhero feats would cause him problems saving people in real life.

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Superhero ranking. Credit: University of Leicester

The student’s research topic may be fun but according to Cheryl Hurkett from the University of Leicester’s Center for Interdisciplinary Science, it is part of the learning process. Publishing student research like this one can make them more confident and more analytical in tackling more serious subjects in the future.

The revelation coincides with Superman Day on June 12. The study was conducted between 2009 and 2016 by the University of Leicester and was published in the university’s Journal of Physics Special Topics and Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics.