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'''''Franchise/{{Superman}}[=/=]Franchise/{{Batman}}''''' was a monthly series published by Creator/DCComics featuring team-ups of the so-called "World's Finest Duo". The series explored the relationship between the two heroes, featuring a unique dual-narrator approach where both Superman and Batman simultaneously narrated the story with their thoughts. The series is also notable for restoring Superman and Batman to being good friends (though not to pre-Crisis levels), since JohnByrne's ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel'' series initially rebooted the two as not getting along due to their contrasting ideals, although they still respected each other.

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[[folder: Notable Stories in this series: ]]

* ''The World's Finest'' (compiled as ''Public Enemies''): ComicBook/LexLuthor, as the [[PresidentEvil President of the United States]], declares the titular heroes as enemies of the state, and the duo go to depose him. This arc received an AnimatedAdaptation: ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''.
* ''The {{Supergirl}} from Krypton'' (compiled as ''Supergirl''): A Kryptonite meteor that lands in Gotham is revealed to have contained Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, and the evil ComicBook/{{New God|s}} {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} targets her as a potential powerful minion. This arc introduced Kara Zor-El to ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity, as she had been previously kept out of use due to a strict "Superman is the last Kryptonian" editorial mandate. The arc also received an AnimatedAdaptation: ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse''.
* ''Absolute Power'': Three members of [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} The Legion of Super-Villains]] go back in time and raise Superman and Batman to be world dictators, but their actions cause the timeline to collapse and cause the two to restore the timeline to normal.
* ''With a Vengeance'' (compiled simply as ''Vengeance''): A team of superheroes called [[TheUltimates the Maximums]] come into the DC Universe, looking for Superman and Batman, claiming that they killed one of their own, just as Bizarro meets a Batman-inspired Bizarro called Batzarro. It serves as a wrap-up to Creator/JephLoeb's run, which included this and the first three arcs, as Luthor, Supergirl, and Darkseid appear. [[spoiler: It's also a sequel to ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' as ComicBook/TheJoker and Mister Mxyzptlk are ultimately the villains of the arc and introduces Bat-Mite into the post-Crisis DCU.]]
* ''Nevermind'': A story set on the Earth-Two of pre-Crisis (thus, UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks), the Superman and Batman of that reality have their minds transferred into, respectively, ComicBook/PowerGirl and ComicBook/{{Huntress}}.
* ''Enemies Among Us'': The various alien superheroes of Earth are being turned against humanity, and Superman and Batman must stop it.
* ''Torment'': Desaad and Scarecrow team up to capture, psychologically torment, and mind-control Superman. Batman and Orion's wife Bekka team up to rescue him, but are sidetracked by their mutual attraction to each other.
* ''Nanopolis'': The Prankster zaps Superman with a ShrinkRay and reduces him to microscopic size. Batman tries to find him and restore him to normal size. Meanwhile, Superman finds and rescues a microscopic civilization.
* ''K'' (compiled as ''The Search for Kryptonite''): After coming to the realization that KryptoniteIsEverywhere, Superman enlists Batman's help in cleaning the world of Kryptonite. However, their quest brings them into trouble with the government.
* ''Super/Bat'': Superman's powers accidentally get transferred to Batman, and the two heroes do not respond positively to this occurring.
* ''Mash-Up'': Superman and Batman find themselves in a strange world. The Justice Titans, who are all merged versions of a Teen Titans and Justice League member, defend Gothamopolis from a series of villains who are merged versions of Superman and Batman's RoguesGallery. Superman and Batman help the Justice Titans while trying to find out how they got here and how to get home.
* ''Sweet Dreams'': The innermost fears of Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker are revealed, due to Scarecrow capturing them and putting Fear Toxin in them.

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!!Tropes in this series:

* AdaptationOriginConnection: A heroic example, At least one comic (of unknown canonicity), ''Superman/Batman #50'', had Jor-El befriending a Human he pulled from Earth while studying it before sending him back, cementing his decision to send Kal-El there. That Human? ''Thomas Wayne''. One gets the feeling that either the criminal population of Gotham City or the entire planet just dodged a particularly big bullet there.
* AlternateTimeline: In ''Absolute Powers'' the Legion of Super-Villains go back in time and raise Superman and Batman to be world dictators in a new timeline. [[spoiler: After, Bruce create a new timeline when he save his parents and erase himself as Batman]].
* AsianAndNerdy: Toyman II, Hiro Okamura.
* BackToBackBadasses: Superman Batman show us how it's done in ''Public Enemies''. Completed with CasualDangerDialogue!
* BashBrothers: Superman and Batman, duh.
* BerserkButton: Superman is overprotective of his cousin in ''The Supergirl from Kryton''.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman #77'', Scarecrow's fear toxin makes Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} believe that Robin is her parents' killer Reactron and attack him.
* ContinuityNod:
** In an early issue, Superman asks Batman if he's seen anything of the villain Magpie lately. Magpie was the villain they fought in ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel'' #3, their first meeting in Post-Crisis continuity.
** ''Public Enemies'' opens right after the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'', which Loeb had just finished writing at the time. As such, events in that storyline are mentioned in passing both here and throughout his other arcs.
** There are also additional nods back to Loeb's two-year stint on ''Superman'', culminating in ''With a Vengeance'' which as noted earlier, [[spoiler: is ultimately a sequel to ComicBook/EmperorJoker]].
* CrazyPrepared: Batman as usual.
* DealWithTheDevil: Supes and Bats are forced to make one with an alternate timeline's Darkseid in ''Absolute Power''. The warlord provides the necessary technology to travel through time in exchange for a unnamed price. [[spoiler: Supes is forced to honor the deal in ''With a Vengeance'' by freeing Darkseid -- who retains his memories of the alternate timeline -- from the Source Wall.]]
* DemonicPossession: The Black Rock does this to several heroes in ''Enemies Among Us''.
* DisasterDominoes: Kara's introduction involved crashing the Batboat, having a dock worker come onto her, her breaking his fingers, one of his co-workers get smacked when he tried to defend to the man, Kara disrupting traffic, having the GCPD fire at her, and accidentally trashing a blimp.
* DistractedByTheSexy: In the issue 26 Superman and Batman send Superboy and Robin (Tim Drake) to visit the Toyman in Japan because he has not been heard from in a while. In Toyman's secret base, Conner is really happy when he find a hot tub with Raven, Starfire and Wonder Girl fembots. And very pissed when Tim destroy all the robots!.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Maximum's Monster and Axis of Evil's Godiva (she's also naked).
* DumbMuscle: Batzarro, who ''kills other couples'' to solve the murder of Batman's parents, and then has trouble finding out who murdered them (Bizarro can't help him either.)
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Skin-tight red and black pants with a black bra and CombatStilettos? Is it supposed to be a ''surprise'' that Kara ends up temporarily evil?
* EvilDetectingDog: Played with in "The Supergirl from Kryton" arc. Batman, who is distrustful of the newly discovered Kara Zor-El, tries to point out to Superman that his dog Krypto doesn't like Kara. Superman retorts that the dog doesn't like ''anyone''.
* EvilMakeover: Kara's costume becomes more revealing and metallic post-brainwashing in "The Supergirl from Kryton".
* EvilMentor: Darkseid to Supergirl in "The Supergirl from Kryton".
* EyeScream: In the "K" arc, Superman gets some Kryptonite lodged in his eye.
* {{Fanservice}}: To absolutely ''ridiculous'' levels with Kara in the ''Supergirl'' arc.
* {{Foil}}: The two heroes to each other: Superman as the light one, Batman as the dark one.
* FusionDance: The Joker merged the Maximums into one being, Maximum Maximum.
* GallowsHumor: Batman once chastised Superman for this while trying to remove a kryptonite bullet from his heart.
--> '''Batman''': The Kryptonite's near your heart. I don't know if I'll be fast enough to get it before the wound closes.
--> '''Superman''': Where's TheFlash when you need him?
--> '''Batman''': Do me a favor, and lose the sense of humor.
--> '''Superman''': Do us both a favor and buy one.
* GenderFlip: Issue 24 has Batman appears on Earth-11, a gender reversed Earth, and encounters Batwoman, Superwoman, and Superlad.
* GovernmentConspiracy: The government had an arsenal of Kryptonite weapons hidden away in case Superman went rogue, which was overseen by [[SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]].
* [[HeroWithBadPublicity Heroes With Bad Publicity]]: The duo in ''The World's Finest''.
* HumongousMecha: All through Toyman's base.
* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: In ''Public Enemies'' when Superman question about the Toyman's HumongousMecha.
-->'''Superman''': Are you sure this thing can do the job?
-->'''Toyman''': [[GagBoobs Does Power Girl have big-]]
-->'''Batman''': Just input the codes!
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Discussed InUniverse. In ''With a Vengeance'' [[spoiler: Joker demands to know why Superman and Batman don't remember the events of the ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' crossover from several years earlier. Mxyzptlk explains that he's blocking everyone's memories -- then also adds that the issues haven't been collected yet. Ironically -- and probably because of fan demand -- that arc was collected shortly afterwards.]]
* KickTheDog: In "The Supergirl from Krypton", Superman blames Batman and Wonder Woman for Kara getting kidnapped by Darkseid when she should have remained in Metropolis with him. Wonder Woman reminds them her sisters nearly sacrificed herself to protect her. Then Superman said if it was Jason Todd or Donna Troy, they wouldn't even be arguing about this. Batman tells him Kara isn't dead. The three of them got quiet. Superman realized he crossed the line mentioning Jason and Donna. Near the end of the story arc, he apologizes for it.
** Ironically, a year later both Jason and Donna [[DeathIsCheap came back]].
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: Deconstructed in ''K'', where Superman decides to clean up the world of Kryptonite and enlists Batman's help, but their efforts bring them into conflict with the government and [[spoiler:Lana Lang, who provided the government with Kryptonite weapons.]]
* KryptoniteRing: After collecting and destroying all the kryptonite on Earth, Superman saves one piece for Batman. Batman is seen bringing it to a lead-lined room which is already filled with multiple kinds of kryptonite.
* MindControlEyes: In ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman #77'', Kara gets glowing red eyes when she is under the influence of Scarecrow's fear toxin.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: In the ''Nevermind'' arc, The Earth-2 Batman and Superman are in danger of falling to this when their minds are respectively transferred to ComicBook/{{Huntress}} and ComicBook/PowerGirl.
* MotifMerger: The page illustration is the logo for DC's current series, Superman's shield logo inside Batman's bat logo. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Superman-batman_8_cvr_-_large.jpg For example, the cover of issue 8.]] The first arc of the series was adapted into the direct-to-video ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'', mentioned below.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} gives this to Batman [[spoiler:when he reveals that he has rigged Apokolips ready to explode.]]
* NoIndoorVoice: Batzarro speaks all his thought bubbles out loud.
* OddballDoppelganger: In ''Superman/Batman Annual #1'', a crazy Earth-3 version of Deathstroke appears—who is very similar to be MarvelComics' {{Deadpool}}.
* OutOfCharacter:
** During a fight against Mongul and Solomon Grundy in ''Public Enemies'', Supes and Bats realize both villains are acting differently. The normally boastful Mongul is silent and as an interstellar conqueror, Luthor's bounty should mean nothing to him. Likewise, the normally bestial Grundy has become almost refined and articulate. [[spoiler: Our heroes deduce that a telepath is controlling the pair and the other attacking villains.]]
** Happens again in ''The Supergirl from Krypton''. During the fight against the Doomsday clones, Batman notes that something's wrong. Before Luthor handed the beastie over to Darkseid, Doomsday had finally displayed some degree of sentience -- yet the clones are almost mindless and bestial. [[spoiler: He realizes that the cloned army is imperfect and easily destroyable. This in turn gives way to the realization that the clones were merely a distraction while Darkseid's agents nabbed Kara.]]
** Loeb goes for the hat trick in ''With a Vengeance'' when the Atomic Skull breaks into Wayne Enterprises. Bats knows that such brazen snatch and grab is ''not'' the Skull's MO. Combined with the Skull's improved armor, he correctly deduces that the Skull is working for [[spoiler: Lex Luthor and that Luthor survived the events of ''Public Enemies''.]]
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Superman is able to convince a group of TheSocialDarwinist alien invaders to call off an invasion through one of these. Notably, he actually gave it ''mentally'', by convincing the invaders to read his mind and see his thoughts on the matter.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Issue #19 picks up on Kara Zor-El's story after the events of ''The Supergirl from Krypton''. It mainly, however, serves a staging ground for the ''Supergirl'' spin-off series. It was even republished as ''Supergirl'' #0.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Happens sometimes as the two contribute equally to battles. In one case, they were attacked by Hawkman and Captain Marvel. Hawkman and Batman start fighting, as do Marvel and Supes. Then Batman and Superman do a move they call "castling," in which they throw their opponents off balance by rapidly switching who they're fighting. This mean it was actually part of their plan for Batman to fight ''Captain Marvel'', who is roughly as powerful as Superman ''without'' a Kryptonite-like weakness. (And the move starts with Superman throwing Marvel at Batman, who then kicks Marvel into a mountain. How this impact with a FlyingBrick did not shatter every bone in Batman's body is never explained.)
* PresidentEvil: ComicBook/LexLuthor, who ascended to the presidency shortly after ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''. In fact, the first arc of the book (and its AnimatedAdaptation) end on his removal from office.
* {{Sexbot}}: Issue 26 shows us sexbots of the female ComicBook/TeenTitans, belonging to the teenage Toyman. And Superboy clearly enjoys them.
* ShoutOut:
** Issue #75 pays homage to ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' with [[http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/4jgxS.jpg their own version]], ''"[[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]] and ComicBook/LexLuthor."''
** A previous ''Superman'' story showing "WhatIf... Lois and Clark had a kid?" had six-year-old Lara as Calvin and Mr Mxyzptlk as Hobbes.
* ShowSomeLeg: In ''Public Enemies'', ComicBook/PowerGirl (MostCommonSuperpower incarnate) is told to distract the new Toyman, a thirteen-year-old boy. She asks how on earth she is supposed to do that before saying "Oh", with a slight glance downward.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the pre-Crisis ''World's Finest Comics'' series.
* StealthHiBye: Superman intentionally does this to Batman on occasion, usually to Batman's annoyance, simply because he loves to surprise Batman like that, as well as mocking Batman's own tendency to do it.
--> '''Superman''': (''thinking'') I have to admit, I love being able to do that to him.
* StealthSequel: Again, as noted, ''With a Vengeance'' in addition to being a cap on Loeb's run ob the book is [[spoiler:also a sequel to ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker''.]]
* SuperheroSobriquets: The duo is nicknamed as "The World's Finest Duo".
* TeenGenius: Hiro Okamura, the young Japanese Toyman.
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: The ''Sweet Dreams'' one-shot.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: With Batman as the tempter. Superman was pushed to his limit after Luthor as the president placed a bounty on his head and trashed his and Batman's proteges. He was even ready to fry Luthor for what he has done. Batman told Superman that he won't stop him and would even help make it look like an accident or "better yet, as if he'd vanished without a trace." Needless to say, Superman didn't go through with it.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Happen to Batman when he get Superman's power during a battle with the Silver Banshee. Batman revels in his new powers and uses them to bring complete fear and order to Gotham's criminal underworld and eventually sets his sight to the world, but he became increasingly aggressive. With the aid of the Justice League, Superman is able to bring himself and The Dark Knight back to normal.
* WorthyOpponent: Darkseid considers Batman as one, after learning he's rigged Apokolips to explode unless he frees Kara. Darkseid comments Superman and Wonder Woman wouldn't be bold enough to do it.
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