The Marvel vs DC “debate”

The super-heroes and villains movies have come to stay. We’ve always had movies made about them, some of them going back several decades, and even tv shows/series, but it’s been pretty much since 2008 that we saw a boom in this type of movie entertainment.

The "battle" between Marvel and DC.
The “battle” between Marvel and DC.

So, what happened in 2008? It was the year that saw the “release” of Iron Man. Many people already knew who or what Iron Man was and so they were very excited to see how the movie would play out. But also many others around the world either didn’t know much about the character or nothing at all.

The thing is, at the end of the movie pretty much everyone was excited about the next Marvel movie and that created a movement of excitement and expectations. But in that same year (if I’m not mistaken. If I am, please someone correct me!) we also saw the release of another DC movie – The Dark Knight. This was the second of a trilogy of Batman movies, with the first one released three years previous, in Batman Begins.

Some of Marvel and DC's main super-heroes and villains,
Some of Marvel and DC’s main super-heroes and villains.

That Batman trilogy was a beautiful piece of cinematographic art. It was raved out by many viewers, geeks and “non-geeks”, the comic books aficionados and the not-so-inclined to them. But while DC movies after the Batman trilogy pretty much stalled, Marvel were just on a non-stop fast train.

With movie after movie that came out, you could see that each one was connected, that there was a much bigger story behind them, so they weren’t just put together and released just because. Marvel always had a plan, a long-term plan, for their movies. They made sure that the public had a connection with the characters, the actors themselves, the plot lines… And that’s what people love. People want to be involved, they want to be part of everything that Marvel does.

Now, for some reason, and this is only my opinion, DC just haven’t been on the same level as their “cinematic rivals”. DC have some of the most well-known heroes and villains in comics: Super-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Darkseid, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and many, many others. Funny enough, I was actually more exposed to these characters in my childhood, not so much with Marvel.

Just part of the Marvel and DC family, watching a movie together, chilling...
Just part of the Marvel and DC family, watching a movie together, chilling…

Do I dislike DC? Absolutely not! I love super-hero movies and I love DC’s heroes. What I dislike is how not prepared DC were (and are) from the very beginning. Marvel seemed to have taken time in planning out each movie, while DC seem like they’ve just been reacting to what Marvel are doing. Which is definitely not good. The money DC movies made at the box office is way well below of what Marvel movies have made. And not to mention also the reviews and opinions from the public.

It’s a shame that movies like Man Of Steel, Batman vs Superman and Justice League didn’t do so well (I can throw Wonder Woman in this hat too, because I thought it could have been so, so much better, but I guess it actually made more money than the others…), and I want DC movies to start getting better and better, but I think it’s fair to say that Marvel are years ahead and with them saying that there’s twenty (20!!!) movies they’re planning to release in the next decade or so, it’s very hard for me, and others like me,  not to feel super-excited and looking forward to the next Marvel movies.

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