During the 2007-2008 season of the animated TV show, The Batman, in the episode “Ring Toss,” Robin meets Hal Jordan. And one of the first things he says is, “If you and Superman were ever in a fight, which one of you would win”
The scene throws into light the ongoing debate among comic book readers of just WHO would win the fight if Superman were to go up against Green Lantern.
The debate has been recently rekindled, thanks primarily to the “Sinestro Corps War”. In that story, fans on either side of the debate finally got to see an actual, prolonged slugfest between a Kryptonian (Superboy/Superman Prime) and the “ultimate Green Lantern” (Sodam Yat/Ion). Readers have latched onto the fight as evidence of what just would happen if fan favorites Superman and Hal Jordan were to go head-to-head.
Clearly, Hal would beat Superman in a fight.
Historically, it's pretty well established that Superman has a healthy fear of Green Lantern power.
- Second, at least some Green Lanterns (Hal Jordan and John Stewart, specifically) are capable of stopping Superman in his tracks if they have to.
The fight has already happened. Superman went up against Hal Jordan as Parallax (in Zero Hour, or in Green Lantern #64 (1995), etc.). Parallax essentially had souped-up Green Lantern powers similar to Ion's. Not only that, those powers were wielded by Hal Jordan, who as a Green Lantern is the best of the best of the best ... In every confrontation between Superman and Parallax/Hal Jordan, Hal wiped the floor with Superman.
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