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There are people who only liked Man of Steel because of the epic CGI city-wide carnage and there are people who only liked The Dark Knight because they thought the Joker was cool.
There are different layers to both. Some people like what one represents more than the other, some people prefer the spectacle of one, some the symbolism, some the fighting, some the stories, some the villains, some the conflict, some the cool factor- There are a lot of variables there.
I think, honestly, the thing that would make Superman really interesting is using his full potential. Either seriously ground him and ask interesting philosophical questions or make him travel the galaxy and deal with conflicts against impossible odds out in space in alien worlds. Superman is a character far better suited to large scale stories, and Batman is far better suited to city-wide and personal stories. Superman saves the planet or the galaxy with his powers and grapples with tough decisions, Batman saves a person from a mugging or a neighborhood from a mental health patient then attempts to help rehabilitate them. It's just that Batman also apparently is capable of handling himself on a galactic scale as well?
The sense of scale is all off here is what I'm saying. You're totally right, they're very difficult to compare yet so difficult to contrast, almost at the exact same time.
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In a sense, there's something intrinsic to Batman's rogues gallery that makes him interesting. No matter how many times he defeats them, he'll never truly win. They almost all suffer from some form of mental illness. Batman refuses to kill people these days, and the majority of the time he's apprehending patients and putting them back into Arkham. This is great because it allows him to have a real conflict other than being able to punch someone hard enough. Mental health isn't some tangible thing you can fix with a wrench or a well-delivered kick. It's a powerful force that takes root in certain people, and Batman's level of compassion for the people who suffer from it is easily one of his most endearing qualities.
Superman fights for truth and justice by defeating opponents and foiling plans. Batman does that but his stories all have an added factor of attempting to combat the effects of adverse mental health. He's not just stopping bad guys, he's not just protecting the innocent, he's also trying to help victims who are causing a lot of the problems. That's a great level of depth that I really admire, and I think that's what really sways my vote in the end. Because while Superman probably has all of those aspects as well from time to time, Batman lives in that broken system and powers through it constantly.