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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Marvel vs DC - The Movie War

This is only about the movies and TV series. We'll not talk about the comicbooks and it's not a debate who's characters are better. We're talking about which studio is making a bigger impact. Also, we are not talking about animated films.

There is this big debate, which is better - DC or Marvel. Of course there are two different fandoms, which will viciously defend their favourite. But the idea is to be objective and say things how they are, not to take sides. If one is doing better, why is that?

Marvel vs DC logo

Let's take a look at what both companies have given us in the past few years.


20 years ago Marvel had some rough times and had to sell a lot of it's titles to other companies. So now Sony and Fox own the rights to major names like Spider-Man and X-Men. But still, Marvel are co-producers.

For the past 14 years, as co-producers, Marvel has 5 Spider-Man titles, 7 X-Men films (or X-Men related), 2 Punishers, 2 Ghost Riders, 2 Fantastic Four films, 3 Blade flicks and a few other minor films not really worth mentioning (Daredevil, Elektra, Man-Thing). And we are waiting to see X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four reboot and the sequels to The Amazing Spider-Man.

As producers though, Marvel have a little bit more success. Three Iron Man films, Two Captain America and Thor movies, One Hulk and one Avenger flick. And we are waiting to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and several yet untitled future films.

Not a bad collection.


What does DC have to offer? We start with the Three Nolan Batmans, Two Superman films, Watchmen, Green Lantern, Catwoman and Jonah Hex. The last two many people prefer to believe they didn't exist. And let's not forget we are expecting the long awaited Man of Steel sequel, where we'll meet a new Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg.

New Batmobile Revealed
The Batmobile from Man of Steel 2

If we look at the quantity, Marvel is the clear winner. But if we take a good look at the quality, the results won't change much. As some fans would say "The only good DC movies have Batman in them". And not everyone was fond of The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan did a great work and created masterpieces, but what about the rest? Superman Returns wasn't anything special, Man of Steel was good, but could have been better. Watchmen was brilliant, but it was a one-time-thing.

New Ben Affleck Batman Suit and Batmobile
New Batman suit and Batmobile (in colour)

On the other hand Marvel have been doing magnificently great. They have some weaker flicks, but ever since Iron Man back in 2008 the game changed dramatically. Marvel started producing their own films and created one of the best selling motion pictures in history. The Avengers made the astonishing $1,5 billion and Iron Man 3 made around $1,2 billion. Even the great Dark Knight can't fight with these numbers.

Clearly Marvel wins this round for now.

TV Series 

But the war is not only on the big screen. We're not talking about animated series. According to the majority of fans, DC will win if we compare animations. But we are more concerned about live-action series.

DC have a little bit more experience here. They had Smallville for ten years. After that they made Arrow which gained huge success and soon we'll see the season finale of season 2. Arrow was so successful they decided to make a spin-off series called "The Flash". And we've been waiting to see this hero on the screen for quite some time.

new the flash poster
The Flash Poster

But that's not all of it. Just in the past few days we saw the trailers to two new very promising series "Gotham" and "Constantine". Gotham will tell the story of Detective Gordon and the young Bruce Wayne, way before he became the Batman. 

Constantine is based on the Hellblazer comicbooks. The Keanu Reeves movie from 2005 wasn't bad, but it wasn't what the fans wanted. But these series look very promising and might be just the right amount of weird.

And let's not forget DC are releasing the new series iZOMBIE very soon.  

Marvel on the other hand have only Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's not as successful as Arrow, but after the Captain America: The Winter Soldier events, things got really interesting and the next season could be better.

Marvel on Netflix
Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist

But there are some other series we are looking forward to. Marvel and Netflix are releasing four new series - Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. Why is it so exciting? Because it's Netflix. It will be way different than any other TV Series. It will be darker, you might see some other characters like Punisher and Elektra. The four shows will be connected. And who knows, at some point in the distant future, the two universes (cinematic and TV) might clash again.

But right now DC are winning the TV round.

The Future

Will DC leave Marvel be the king of comicbook films? Apparently not. 

Marvel loves to brag, so we always have new information about their upcoming films. We know they have big plans. Recently they were even bragging they had movie plans for 14 years ahead (until 2028). How can this be possible. What if people get bored with superheroes. Or if comicbook movies suddenly lose all the attention.

Ant-Man Movie

So far, we know next year we'll see Avengers 2 and Ant-Man. But there are plans for 2016 and 2017, too. And by plans, I mean there are release dates. People are saying one of the titles will be Dr. Strange. Also, there will be a Captain America 3 and Avengers 3 and 4. 

As Co-Producers we expect more Amazing Spider-Man sequels, probably a Sinister Six film, a Venom movie, Fantastic Four reboot and X-Men Apocalypse. 

Sounds exciting, but DC are not far behind. That Superman vs. Batman movie, will be the beginning of something gigantic. This will be DC's answer to the Avenger universe. 

We know this Superman sequel won't be just about the Man of Steel. It will be the basis for the Justice League. And there will be such a film. But for it to exist, we need a few other backstories. One of which will be Wonder Woman's. And this is not a rumour, it will happen. Gal Gadot (from Fast Five) will star as the Amazon. 

So we have three Justice League superheroes on the list. Actually, there are four - Ray Fisher will play as Cyborg. And there is a rumour Darkseid will be the main villain.

But JLA is not the only thing DC has prepared for us. There is a big chance Warner Bros will be releasing "Sandman". It's not a very well know comicbook, but it is very anticipated by fans. Some people even say that Sandman will fill the gap after Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings gone.

Gal Gadot Wonder Woman

There are even more rumours about future DC TV Series and Films. Some of them are: 100 Bullets, Fables, Shazam, Justice League Dark, another Green Lantern (Dwayn "The Rock" Johnson is rumoured to play), Y: The last Man. And let's not forget the TV Series - we can expect Scalped and Preacher on the small screen after a few years.

As you can see DC are having big plans for the future. Not only they will make big collaborations with A-class superheroes, but they will be making films with smaller, not so popular characters, who can intrigue the audience nevertheless. 

Marvel might have it big, but DC are gaining up speed. And in the long run DC might win, because they attack on several fronts and have a bigger variate. But who knows, Marvel might surprise us with something new. They might introduce more unpopular characters like the ones in Guardians of the Galaxy.