My Hero Academia is one of the most acclaimed and popular anime franchises in the world today. Created by Kohei Horikoshi, the manga/anime series takes place in a world where superheroes and supervillains are commonplace, with gifted children training to become the next generation of heroes in high school under the supervision of the registered Pro Heroes. The franchise has millions of fans all over the world, among them award-winning comic book writer, and official Batman expert, Scott Snyder.
In an exclusive discussion with CBR, Snyder shared his love for the series, how his longtime Justice League collaborator Jorge Jimenez introduced him to it and who would win in a fight between Batman and My Hero Academia‘s greatest Pro Hero, All Might.
You’ve been all about My Hero Academia online. What was your gateway, and what makes My Hero Academia appeal to you?
It’s funny you should say that, because my gateway was [artist] Jorge Jimenez. When I first started working on Justice League back in 2018, I met Jorge and wanted him to be on the book for a while when we started — him and Jim Cheung. He kept talking about his love of anime and manga, and I saw it in his art. I grew up with the first-generation stuff, like Akira, Mega Zone 23, Robotech, Battle Angel Alita, Vampire Hunter D; it was back you would go to a comic convention and buy them on VHS and they were all terribly or subtitled — Star Blazers is another one I loved, Space Battleship Yamato.
But he kept talking about this series that really influenced his art and his take on Superman and what it means to be a hero. And I was like, “Alright, but is it okay for the kids?” and he was like, “The kids will love it!” So I started watching it with my eight-year old — who was six at the time — and we both loved it right from the beginning. We watched the first season and then, all of a sudden, we started reading it. We bought all the manga, and then we bought Vigilantes also, the spinoff series. So it was all through him, and the funny is, I kept telling him, “Hey, we’re into it, we got this and that,” and then my thirteen-year old got into it. We have statues and stuffed animals, the whole thing, everyone from Midoriya to All Might to the Best Jeanist. They love everybody on that show.
So the big question, as someone who’s written Batman, and pitted him against the entire Justice League in Endgame, who would win in a fight: Batman or All Might?
I would always say whenever someone would ask me things, like, who would win a fight: The Hulk or Superman, I always say Batman. No matter what, even it’s Avengers vs. X-Men, somehow Batman still wins. So I have to say Batman, because he would’ve already figured out All Might’s weaknesses.
I feel like, in spirit, there’s no beating All Might. Meaning, I really believe in that statement in Endgame, when Batman and Superman fight, and Batman says, “Let’s answer the age-old question: Who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman? The answer is nobody.” Because, deep down, All Might, — what he stands for, as with Superman — is something that you don’t want to see lose. So there is no winning when they’re against him, because his values and his ideals are enduring beyond and, also, you can’t put a dent in.
I always feel like everybody brushes over that line in Hush, with Batman’s internal monologue: “If Clark really wanted to, he could kill me in an instant.”
Oh, yeah! When he takes on Superman with Poison Ivy? That’s the thing, I feel like Batman and Superman are best friends. I love writing them together, it’s a real joy, and I get to in Dark Nights: Death Metal as well; they have a real fun relationship in Death Metal because they have secrets of where they are and what they’ve been through that and they realize it about each other really quick so they have this trust together.
For me, they’re also kind of like inversions of each other as well, where Batman, the only way he carries on is kind of denying his own mortality and connection to other people and believe himself bigger than he actually is and not look at himself. And, with Clark, he’s constantly grounded in his own humanity and thinking of who he’s doing this for and how much he has to lose. I love how much they remind each other of those things to balance each other.
Scott Snyder shares his love for the anime franchise My Hero Academia and who would win in a fight between Batman and All Might.