Yes, you read that correctly: Gandalf vs Darth Vader.
The folks over at Bat In The Sun are featuring the pair in Episode Two of their ‘Super Power Beat Down‘ contest. Each month the series takes two super power legends and pits them against each other. Viewers are able to vote for who they think will win and then watch the episode as SPBD shows you the outcome.
Next month’s match up is between our favorite wizard Gandalf and the dark Sith lord Darth Vader from Star Wars. Let’s look at the strengths of each (NOTE: Contains possible spoilers for those not associated with either character).
Gandalf: He may appear as a bumbling old man, but don’t underestimate this wizard. He fought to the death, and won, against a Balrog of Morgoth, was resurrected by the Powers to return to Middle-earth and help lead the race of Men to victory over Sauron, plus he’s quite wicked with a staff and sword. He’s also not merely a wizard but the Maia Olórin, wisest of all the Maiar. Gandalf has a way of making people see the good in things and bringing them hope.
Darth Vader: Born Annakin Skywalker to a virgin mother and no human father; it is said that he was conceived by intelligent microscopic life forms called midi-chlorians which help people perceive the “Force”, an energy field, present throughout the Universe. Vader started out as a Jedi knight, fighting for the forces of good until the grief over losing his mother and the gentle persuading by Senator Palpatine, a secretive Sith lord, turned him to the dark side where he became known as Darth Vader. He is quite adept at using the Force to control people and things around him and is skilled with a lightsaber. Vader’s compassion for his son Luke would eventually be his downfall, making him return to the forces of good before his demise.
Both are quite powerful. Darth Vader’s use of the Force and skill with a lightsaber could pose problematic for Gandalf. However, Gandalf was resurrected after his demise whereas Vader wasn’t after his. Plus, if Gandalf can work on Vader’s compassionate side, he could be the winner.
Here at Elvenesse we are of course pulling for Gandalf!
Voting for this match up is open until April 14th, with the episode available for viewing on April 21st. Head on over to Super Power Beat Down to cast your vote!
Update: SPBD has changed the match up viewing date to April 25th.