You may wonder what is the point of this versus, but actually these two movies are what started there respective universes (Marvel Universe and DC universe) and we are going to explore which movie got off to the better start in this heated battle between Marvel and DC. And also before we start, this is a movie battle, not just the superheros themselves, nor the movies that follow the origin, so lets begin!
Round 1: Superhero
Iron Man, the genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist! After a dark experience in the caves of Afghanistan. Tony Stark built an Iron Suit not only to escape the caves, but to protect the American soldiers that were in danger of ending up in there after Stark. The Suit has multiple high-tech missiles, the power of flight, and increase of strength in hand to hand combat.
Superman however, learnt when he was a young boy, that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. And the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Superman has a full list of powers including the power of flight, super strength and super speed.
I feel saving the earth is a lot more bad-ass than potentially saving Stark Industries. So for me, Superman takes this one!
Winner: [Man of Steel](movie:15593)
Round 2: Plot
When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil. This movie, despite what surrounds it, is the most realistic movie of these three, and so is the most relatable, but with a very real story-line of terror and betrayal. This is certainly a strong movie when it comes to plot.
As a young boy, Clark Kent/Kal-El learnt that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
For me, Iron Man has a much thicker plot, filled with large scale conspiracy and betrayal, with large character development by the great Tony Stark
Round 3: Love Interest
Gwyneth Paltrow portrays the character in the Iron Man film. She serves a central role in the film as Stark's personal secretary, who is impressed by her employer's improved attitude and moral stance upon returning from his imprisonment in Afghanistan. She also plays a crucial role at the film's climax when Stark battles Iron Monger. The movie alludes to Tony's constant dependency on her (to where he even needs her to remember his social security number) and hints towards a sexual tension between the two, though neither act upon it.
In Man of Steel, Amy Adams portrays Lois Lane, and just like Pepper Potts, serves a central character in the film, also there is major credit between the chemistry of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Despite not being as influential in the final third as Pepper Potts, Lois Lane helps Clark come out of his shell and embrace the superman suit.
I feel that in this round, Pepper Potts is more influential on Iron Man than Lois Lane is with Superman
Winner: Iron Man
Round 4: Villain
In Iron Man, Obadiah Stane was the best friend and business partner of weapons development billionaire Howard Stark. After Howard's tragic death, Obadiah becomes a father figure to Howard's only son Tony Stark. But succumbs to jealousy and makes deals under the table to ensure Starks death.
In Man of Steel, General Zod was the Military Leader of Krypton, and ever since its destruction, searched Kal-El for the Codex to rebuild there home. And after the group getting picked off by Superman and Earths military leaders, Kal-El eventual snaps his neck (Very brave!)
For me, I felt that despite Obadiah has a little more complexity about him, General Zod asserted himself more as the Villain by destroying half of Metropolis!
Winner: Man of Steel
Round 5: World Wide Box Office Success
Winner: Man of Steel
Also, I give and extra point to Iron Man for creating the concept of Post Credits scene that hypes the next Superhero film from that Universe, and yet Man of Steel failed to have one.