Bruce Banner vs Bruce Jenner is the sixty-third installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the fifth episode of Season 5. It features comic book superhero and scientist, Bruce Banner, rapping against former Olympic athlete, Bruce Jenner. Partway through the battle, both transform into the Hulk and Caitlyn Jenner, respectively. It was released on June 29th, 2016.
This is the first and so far only battle to have both the title character(s) and their transformation(s) in the thumbnail.
This makes it the second battle to have a character that is featured in the thumbnail but not mentioned in the title, after Dr. Seuss vs Shakespeare.
This battle features the second largest differences between the cover art and the video's thumbnail, as different images for both title rappers are used, their transformations are both featured in the thumbnail, and the backgrounds are different, followed by George Carlin vs Richard Pryor.
On Lloyd's podcast with Ray William Johnson, Kings of Influence, Lloyd addressed how most of the criticism revolved around Jenner's last verse being significantly longer than the Hulk's. He stated that they chose to give Jenner a longer verse in order to address controversies surrounding transgender people and because the Hulk canonically has a limited vocabulary. However, he acknowledges that it gave Jenner an unfair advantage and made the battle less satisfying.
This is the second battle to have been made for a month-long holiday (LGBT Pride Month), after Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr., which was made for Black History Month.
On August 22nd, 2016, "We are back in the lab preparing Season 5.5. See you soon!" was written in the description of the battle. This is a reference to Bruce Banner's scientific background.
The quote was then changed to, "Who is ready for a brand new rap battle? Get ready. It will be dropping soon," before the release of Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton.
This episode was released two days later than originally scheduled due to technical difficulties.
This is the sixth battle to use more than one tagged instrumental.
This is the first battle to do so without having third-party rappers.
For a few frames, part of Bruce Jenner's thumb is cropped out incorrectly as he grabs the Wheaties cereal box.
During the transformation to Caitlyn Jenner, just before Bruce puts his hair on his shoulder, the glitter animation is incorrectly cropped.
In the battle, every time a verse transitions, the subtitles capitalize the first word the character says in the verse; however, the first word of Caitlyn Jenner's verse ("that's") is not capitalized, while "Man" is capitalized in the next subtitle.
At 1:51, the Hulk's shorts become transparent.
At 2:00, the Hulk's background is the blue screen and not his actual background; however, this may have been intentional.
Bruce Banner vs Bruce Jenner. ERB Behind the Scenes
Bruce Banner vs. Bruce Jenner - Deeper Behind the Scenes