There’s no denying that out of all the live-action heroes from Marvel no one has ever compared with DC’s Batman till Baron Zemo. It seems that Marvel Cinematic Universe is planning to create a resemblance between DC’s Caped Crusader and Baron Zemo. However, only a few characters have managed to catch up to Batman’s popularity.
Baron Zemo or the next real version of Batman of MCU?
Even after so many fascinating and vicious Moon Knight, several black foxes could never match up to Batman’s wealth, high-tech gadgets and his sharp-wittedness. Two Marvel characters who were able to do justice to their comic counterpart, DC’s Batman were Iron Man and Black Panther. With their wealth and advanced technologies, they put up with the whole “billionaire superheroes” aura exceptionally well. But only Baron Zemo was the Marvel character who was closest to answer the question that how would it feel to have a Batman in MCU.
Being the first villain in the MCU to remain victorious till the end, in Civil War, Baron Zemo showed that he would do anything to succeed in his plans, even though he has no superpowers. He was successful in breaking up the Avengers and led them to fight each other to death.
Similarities between Marvel’s Baron Zemo and DC’s Batman
Starting from their skills, Baron Zemo and Bruce Wayne have many similarities, both are smart enough to eradicate the world’s strongest superhero squad just with their brains, both are driven by the same reason – the tragic death of the people they love. After witnessing the death of his parents, Bruce Wayne chose to become Batman to fight off crimes, while Zemo’s hatred for the Avengers embarked after Avengers destroyed his home, Sokovia, during the battle of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
With the dawn of Phase 4, Zemo once again appeared in the MCU in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. As the Disney+ show extended the villain’s story, it revealed that Zemo is a Sokovian Baron and has an immense amount of wealth, resources and loyal people who are ready to stand beside him even in his most questionable choices similar to Bruce Wayne’s family business and his long term father-son bond with Alfred Pennyworth.
In the third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Zemo showcased his astonishing accuracy and excellent hand to hand combat skills and the fact that he did it while wearing his signature purple mask drove fans crazy. Baron Zemo aims to free the world from every super-powered individual with his strategies and resources.
Things that make Baron Zemo and Batman different from each other
It’s easy to say that Zemo and Batman are quite different from each other as Zemo is in no manner planned to be the exact copy of the Caped Crusader. Batman has spared even his most dangerous enemies to respect his no-killing rule, while Zemo has no hesitation, he kills in a snap if it means being closer to his goals.
Baron Zemo is someone who doesn’t give too many thoughts about what others think about him, he doesn’t care about his public persona, while Bruce Wayne struggles to maintain a balance between his life as a socialite and his life as Batman, he barely gets time to sleep in all of this.
Although Batman has proved to be a hero and became a part of DC’s superhero trio along with Wonder Woman and Superman, Zemo doesn’t mind being the bad guy as long as his goals are achieved and the fact that Zemo was already a bad guy even before the fall of Sokovia makes him quite different from Batman. However, in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, fans saw a different side of Baron Zemo as he’s not as bad as he makes himself to be. He actually helps Sam and Bucky in catching the Flag – Smashers.
Baron Zemo’s future in Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel Cinematic Universe has big plans for Zemo’s character. It appears that Zemo will be building and leading a team of his own called Thunderbolts. This also causes the speculations of Zemo being MCU’s Batman to grow as Batman sponsored and led his own team. Although the DC’s league were far less complicated than Marvel’s Thunderbolts.
Batman and Zemo will never be the same but it is hard to ignore the similarities between the two characters and how different situations made them who they are today. However, knowing Baron Zemo’s intentions, we can say that he can be the perfect live-action adaption of DC’s Lex Luthor.
Well, whatever big plans the future holds for Zemo, either he’ll become more like Batman or let his dark side take over and become Marvel Cinematic Universe’s superhero hunting villain like DC’s Lex Luthor, if more people like John walker becomes unstable with too much power.
No matter what we’re excited to see what the future hold for Baron Zemo and how his character develops with time. Till then do tell us if you find more similarities between Baron Zemo and the Batman in the comment section.