Darth Vader fighting Batman is one of the coolest, most epic match-ups of all time, or so Machinima thought. The multi-channel network’s latest installment of its popular Super Power Beat Down series pits the iconic Star Wars villain against DC Comics’ Dark Knight.
In the “Batman vs. Darth Vader” episode, Gotham’s superhero flies all the way to the Death Star to save his colleague Superman, who’s been taken captive by Darth Vader. With the victor determined by over 250,000 fans on SPBD’s home page, the showdown of a lifetime ends in tragedy for one of the caped men in black:
The “Batman vs. Darth Vader” episode was directed by filmmaker Aaron Shoenke, who’s already well-known for his Batman fan films. Kevin Porter reprised his role as the Dark Knight, having already played Batman in a number of shorts (as well the Punisher in a previous SPBD episode).
This is the third time Batman has appeared in a SPBD episode, previously taking down Deadpool but losing to Wolverine. Darth Vader’s returning for his second appearance after defeating Gandalf back in a 2012 episode. Past installments of SPBD have seen other power-wielding names battle it out: Superman has taken on Thor, Wolverine crossed claws with a Predator, and The Power Rangers’ White Ranger dueled Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion.
Super Power Beat Down is one of Machinima’s most popular series with over 1.8 million views per episode. We’ll have to see if all those viewers agree with the ending of this latest installment, or if they’ll want an alternative ending.