Hello everyone !!! Long time no see… I’ve been battling with a condition called “WRITER’S BLOCK” for the past few months. It was really tough deciding what to do after I’d started my own blog. I am happy to inform you that I am over it and I AM BACK !!!
We’ve all been witnessing the rise of super-heroes (Superman, Batman, Ironman, Captain America, etc) and super-villains (Lex Luthor, Ultron, Donald Trump)… Only true nerds know fully about the super-hero genre and the war that has been going on between DC Comics and Marvel Comics over comic book and movie ticket sales. Here’s an article depicting my own take on this war.
Let us jog our memories first with this small photo of Marvel & DC super-heroes…
I am not familiar with the comic book genre. But based on the numerous articles that I’ve read, it seems that both the companies have had their own fair share of successes and failures in this genre. Marvel has tasted success with various titles such as “Civil War”, “Secret Wars”, “Illuminati”, etc. On the other hand, DC has succeeded with “Flashpoint”, “Infinity Crisis”, “Rebirth”, etc.
Winner : Not deducible
DC has come up with a wide roster of movies which include “Justice League: Flashpoint”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Superman Vs The Elite”, and about 20 more animated movies, most of which are really good. The story-lines are complex and the characters are well received. But, Marvel has given rise to a mere 8-10 movies which are mostly one-shot and do not offer any fresh take on the characters.
Winner : DC Comics, for incorporating critically acclaimed comic book arcs in their animated movies and for creating some seriously kickass movies.
Animated TV Series
Marvel has offered less number of animated TV series and they mostly deal with the good guys beating up the bad guys at the end. But DC has a lot of offerings which include Batman, Superman, Justice League, Young Justice, Teen Titans, etc. DC is known to experiment with themes such as the acceptance of super-heroes by the public, relationship dynamics, covert ops, etc in the series. Young Justice provides ample proof of this.
Winner : DC, for its diverse story-lines and suspense-filled twists.
Live-Action TV Series
Instead of focusing on the animation genre, Marvel has shifted its attention towards live-action genre, and it has come up with really good series like Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage etc. Along with tight complicated story-lines, these TV series have the added advantage of taking place in the same universe as all the movies, thereby offering its viewers a slight possibility of hearing the names of their favorite heroes being mentioned onscreen and the story-lines being influenced by the live-action movies.
DC has come up with a few good TV series like Arrow, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, but its decision to maintain both TV and movie universes separate has let down its viewers (including me).
Winner : Marvel, for shedding light on some relatively unknown super-heroes and inducing dark themes and grittiness into their story-lines.
Marvel has had a lot of difficulties in the past since the movie rights of its characters (X-Men, Spiderman, Fantastic Four) were sold to 20th Century Fox. Its journey into live-action cinema began with Iron Man (2008) and has strived to maintain the timelines of various characters on a constant pace and incorporating various other characters at certain phases (Currently, the 3rd phase has begun, 1st ending with Avengers and 2nd ending with Ant Man).
On the other hand, DC is yet to taste success in the live action cinema genre, especially after critical failures such as BvS and Suicide Squad. All its hopes are pinned on the upcoming Justice League movie. Granted, Nolan’s take on Batman was wonderful, but hopefully, after the removal of Zack Snyder as show-runner and promotion of Geoff Jones, DC might surprise us all.
Winner : Marvel, for its slow unwavering progress into the creation of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
There you go, Marvel needs to focus more in the animated genre, and DC needs to get a grip of the live-action genre. Both of them have created unforgettable characters and really great stories about the imperfections faced by people who’re born perfect. After all, that’s what life’s about, right J