We all remember before the year 2000 when someone mentioned a superhero movie you thought Superman and Batman. Superman was great for the time, and well Batman was too. Though the actors played musical chairs for the infamous Bruce Wayne, they all did quite well in the box office. Well that is except for “Batman & Robin.”
In present time however, Marvel is winning the film industry battle with DC comics. Here are a few reasons why:
-Despite Marvel’s stumbling and bumbling start ( Captain America’s films in the 1970s and 1990, Daredevil, Elektra and probably The Punisher) most of their movies have done well with critics and fans together.
-Some recent Marvel films have flopped, but they have learned from it. Example, Fantastic Four’s movies were not to popular with anyone really. The reason the sequel was so hyped was because of the Silver Surfer. However, Marvel realized that the straight foward dialouge and the corny jokes were not to be lived for long.
-Marvel Comics were the first to realize they should intertwine and connect the universe they are using for their superheroes. Starting with Iron Man in 2008 and skipping “Punisher:War Zone” and “X-Men Origins:Wolverine” and “X-Men:First Class,” the rest of the films that have been released have been in the same “Universe”
-DC Comics did have a very successful run with their Superman based TV-show “Smallville” but did not release much else in the past decad.
-DC Comics banked themselves on only 2 of their superheroes. Batman and Superman both had films made in the 2000s but only Batman succeeded.
-DC Comics did not stipulate contracts with Christopher Nolan for using any of his work in their “universe.” Meaning that, if DC were to do their own version of the “Justice League” on the big screen, they would need to not only reboot and recast Batman, but would not be able to reference anything that happened in any of Christopher Nolans 3 Batman Films.
Personally, I am not rooting for either company. I want both Marvel and DC Comics to do well, but at this moment DC Comics is loosing their grip on the industry. DC’s newest release “Green Lantern” did not do very well in the box office or with fans and critics. Either way, if DC can manage a new plan to step up their performance, we will see a great decade of not only movies but Superhero and comic book movies.