Originally Posted by Nathan
You didn't directly respond to what I said and posted some comic book panels, but I'll say this.
It's not about Batman beating Superman. He never will be able to definitively beat
Superman. Kal is a God. That's not the point.
It's about Batman representing the peak human condition and being able to stand toe-to-toe with Superman. To create those moments where the reader is like "Damn, what could Batman possibly have up his sleeve now?"
To show that he is
smart enough and that he is
skilled enough to bring the most powerful being on the planet to his knees if given the opportunity.
That's always been the underlying theme in any of Batman's interactions with his metahuman allies. He can and will stop you if given the slightest inkling that you will go rogue and he has the means to do it. He doesn't give a damn about your power level nor is he impressed.
But there will always be that faction of people who hate when Batman gets a one-up on Superman because "He'z not a Gawd!"
or "He has no superpowurz!"
instead of using their imagination and enjoying the story.