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DC vs Marvel Movie Franchises: Is It an Actual Competition?

Everyone knows Marvel has been wildly successful with their series of superhero movies from Iron Man, to Thor, to Captain America, to the assembling of the Avengers. Even small name heroes and groups from Marvel are successful in their own movies such as Ant Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. DC on the other hand has failed to make anything of widespread acceptance and appreciation from a mass audience. Man of Steel flopped, and Dark Knight Rising did alright at best. Superman Vs Batman had so much hype built around it, and yet people say the movie was terrible. Does DC stand a chance against the overwhelming popularity and love for Marvel Movies? Is there hope with sections of Marvel doing terrible, such as with certain X-Men movies, the Spiderman movies, and the Fantastic Four movies?

  • Don't forget that certain Marvel properties, such as X-Men and Fantastic Four, aren't actually produced under the ownership of Marvel Studios but Fox. You can still link in how this affects Marvel's reputation and strategy though. – J.P. Shiel 8 years ago
  • Lately, every six months or so DC comes out with a straight-to-DVD (Blu-ray) animated short movie (eg. Justice League, Batman) appealing to a target audience in a niche in which Marvel has little presence. This niche is not as lucrative as Marvel movies though. Another example is The Justice League and Batman having their own video games, though perhaps licensed to Warner Bros., still DC stories and themes live on. It is worth noting these DC based works however, as mentioned earlier Marvel still reaps in the shear revenue bulk with its movies as well as pop-culture territory. Returning to DC themes, I just want to add that DC (Detective Comics) deals with the seedy, dark side of humanity/societies as expected from any detective tale. These themes are different from typical supernatural, nearly immaculate Marvel hero representations. This appeals to some audience groups even though the movies aren't as spectacular as Marvel's. Thanks. – perscott 8 years ago

Comic Book Movie War: DC VS Marvel

With the continuous success of Marvel movies popularizing the live-action comic book adaptation since the 2002 "Spider-Man" starring Tobey Maguire, and the re-vitalization of DC’s Batman franchise in the 2005 reboot by Christopher Nolan, superheroes has become a feature of mainstream Hollywood blockbuster. 2016 marks the beginning of phase 3 of the Marvel cinematic universe with "Captain Amercia: Civil War" and DC’s first attempt upon expansion with "Dawn of Justice", the age-long rivalry between the two comic book juggernaut take each other head on for the first time on the silver-screen. Who will win box office in 2016 and which will be more well-received by the critics?

  • If I recall, Toby McGuire was a movie character played by Tom Cruise. You may want to change that detail accordingly. – JDJankowski 8 years ago
  • JDJankowski - Tobey Maguire was the actor who played Peter Parker in the 2002 "Spider-Man" movie (source here -> http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145487/); Tom Cruise was not involved. Tofuboy - this is a really intriguing topic! Grammatically, the post needs a little revision to make your main points clearer. Please reconsider your wording and sentence structures (i.e. the first sentence is a run-on etc.) Otherwise, great ideas! – Megan Finsel 8 years ago
  • Batman vs Superman has received a LOT of hype, everyone is looking forward to it! Will it rival the Avengers movies? The thing is that it seems as though DC has a fan barrier I have yet to penetrate and I'm sure a lot of casual superhero movie watchers feel the same. It's all about Batman... That's all I know, that's all I've really watched and honestly it feels like that's mostly what they put out. With good cause considering I never watched Man of Steel and AM invested in Batman, but unlike Marvel it feels like they don't try to cover the spectrum of heroes at there disposal. Marvel is even reaching out to previously unknown/unpopular heroes in their Netlfix series like Daredevil who is unlikely to contribute to the movie franchise... and what does DC do in response? Gotham. Is this focus on Batman helping DC with a dependable fanbase or is it hindering them from getting new people invested in their world overall? – Slaidey 8 years ago