Marvel vs DC/Warner Brothers at the Movies.
I read a thread on the Trek BBS looking at why movies based on Marvel characters seems to be doing much better in theatrical films than DC characters (Movies based on DC characters are produced by Warner Brothers) and many good points were raised. First of since 1978 when the first Superman movie came out, Superman and Batman have been the majority of the movies based on DC characters that have been released to the theaters. The only other DC characters to get his own movies were Green Lantern and Catwoman. None of the last two sat well with fans or critics, although I did like Green Lantern.
Where are the other movies based on DC Characters? Aquaman, The Fash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Martian Hunter? Meanwhile Marvel has released movies of, The Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, The Hulk, Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, Daredevil and X-Men. I may have left off a few but the evidence is undeniable, Marvel is doing much better at the box office. Many of these characters I listed have had more than one movie released about them.
What is the reason for this? Some have stated that the Marvel superheroes are more human, more relatable. Not that they do not have superpowers, it’s just that they are flawed people who also have struggles with themselves and their lives. While I think that is true for Marvel characters is that not also true for DC superheroes? Is the thought that Marvel characters are flawed and are more relatable an over generalization? I do think the Marvel characters are depicted as more human with their struggles, but I do not think that is absent from the DC superheros. In the Nolan Batman trilogy we saw a human flawed Batman and in the up coming Man of Steel movie I think we will see a superhero struggle with his place in the world.
I think another factor is that Marvel has a film studio for its characters. DC just has WB and to WB the superheros are just one of their pool of characters to draw from. Marvel Studios also had a plan for their characters which culminated in the billion dollar juggernaut The Avengers last summer. As WB struggles to get their ensemble superhero movie, Justice League, into theaters it shows them not as a studio with a plan and foresight but as a studio that doesn’t have a plan and is struggling to find its footing amidst the competition. Another problem was that WB let poor quality movies slip by. Even though I may be in the minority and liked Superman Returns and the Schumacher Batman films the majority of the public did not. WB let its property become a laughing-stock and the Nolan Batman trilogy and hopefully the Man of Steel will restore WB & DC characters to a higher reputation.
In conclusion I do not see this as an issue of one company having better characters. They both have interesting and likable and relatable characters. I think the problem has been in the quality of movies and the fact that one studio had a grand vision while the other did not.
Posted on April 16, 2013, in Captain's Log... and tagged Aquaman, Captain America, Christopher Nolan, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Hawkman, Iron Man, Martian Hunter, Marvel, Spiderman, Stan Lee, The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, The Fash, The Hulk, Thor, Warner Brothers, Wonder Woman, X-Men. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.