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Batman and Superman: Their finest team-ups and showdowns

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San Diego Comic-Con International saw the announcement that the sequel to Zack Snyder's new Man of Steel film will feature both Henry Cavill's Superman and a new version of Batman.

While we wait for more news, Digital Spy takes a look back at some of the best team-ups and face-offs between DC Comics' best-known superheroes.

World's Finest
The classic team-up between the heroes launched as World's Best Comics in 1941, in the midst of the Golden Age of comics. It switched to the more familiar title and ran until the 1980s, with a series of team-ups that frequently included Robin and Jimmy Olsen. The long-running series established that World's Finest is just another way of saying 'Batman and Superman'.

World's Finest Comics #17

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World's Finest Comics #17



The Dark Knight Returns
While it is likely the most famous showdown between the Dark Knight and Man of Tomorrow, in continuity this fight hasn't even happened yet. In Frank Miller's grim vision of the future, an ageing Batman returns to do battle with a Superman-turned-government stooge.

The Dark Knight Returns

The Dark Knight Returns



Superman and Batman: Generations
The Man of Steel creator John Byrne's three Elseworlds miniseries took an expansive overview of Batman and Superman's collaborations, stretching back to the characters' origins in the late '30s. These stories brought the characters closer than ever before by establishing a joint dynasty that combined the iconic superheroes' bloodlines.

Superman and Batman: Generations

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Superman and Batman: Generations



Superman/Batman
Jeph Loeb launched the revival of the World's Finest concept in 2003 with a string of artists including Ed McGuinness, Carlos Pacheco and the late Michael Turner, with the second arc seeing the long-awaited return of the original Supergirl. After Loeb's departure, the series became a playground for a host of creators, featuring off-beat, standalone tales, with setting including the distant future and an alternate Earth ruled by magic.

Superman/Batman

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Superman/Batman



Hush
Fights between Bruce Wayne and Kal-El have tended to be confined to Elseworlds titles, probably because of the extreme mismatch in the pair's abilities. However, in Loeb and Jim Lee's messy and bombastic Batman storyline, which drew in a huge cast of characters from the Caped Crusader's past, it was the Dark Knight and his kryptonite ring against a Poison Ivy-controlled Superman.

Batman: Hush

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Batman: Hush



Batman/Superman
The new Greg Pak-written series centres around the earliest team up between the heroes in DC's New 52 continuity. With only a couple of issues under its belt, it is hard to judge the promise of the new title, but the prospect of a Jai Lee illustrated ongoing series (following his triumphant work on Before Watchmen: Ozymandias) is certainly an exciting one.

Batman/Superman #1 preview

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Batman/Superman #1 preview



Superman and Batman Vs. Vampires and Werewolves
It turns out that even the most terrifying supernatural monsters don't stand a chance against the World's Finest duo.

Superman and Batman Vs. Vampires and Werewolves

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Superman and Batman Vs. Vampires and Werewolves

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