Marvel vs DC
Marvel's on Top
BY REID PERKINS ON MARCH 21, 2014
Everyone loves superheroes. They embody everything that we want to be. Little kids dream of being like Batman or Superman or Wonder Woman, beating the bad guy and saving the day. Over the past few years this superhero phase has spilled into the adult world, and movies about them are being produced like crazy. The Batman trilogy, Man of Steel, Spider-Man, all the Avengers related movies (Hulk, Thor, Captain America, etc.), have all been a part of the superhero boom.
In all these movies there is a dividing line. Some of you may be unaware that there are two separate superhero worlds. DC and Marvel are the two superhero giants and each has their own superhero universe. DC has the Justice League, whose main heroes include Batman, Superman, the Green Lantern, the Flash and Wonder Woman. Marvel has the Avengers as their superhero squad. The main superheros in the Avengers are Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America. These are only a few of the well-known superheroes, since each universe has too many to name.
A person familiar with all the heroes and their movies may have noticed a trend by now. Marvel has been completely obliterating DC on the movie front. Marvel’s movies include Iron Man 1 2, and 3, Thor and Thor: The Dark World, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger and the Avengers. They also have several upcoming movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Avengers: Age of Ultron, another Thor sequel and a brand new movie about a relatively unknown group of heroes known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Nearly all of Marvel’s movies have been blockbuster sellouts and have generated huge sums of money. What does DC have? A finished Batman trilogy, a Superman movie and the complete and utter failure of cinematics that was the Green Lantern. Pitiful DC, pitiful. But to DC’s credit, the Batman trilogy was legendary and Man of Steel has a sequel on the way, which will include Batman in the movie (but not Christian Bale). The reason that Marvel can put these huge movies out year after year and DC can’t, comes down to who owns the rights. And with that, Marvel takes the cake.
Disney, the single largest entertainment company in the world, is the company that owns Marvel. With what seems like an endless amount of cash, Disney is able to crank out one movie after another, after another. They have deep pockets to pay for the high budget actors, directors and staff needed to create a crowd pleasing movie, and they can do it over and over and over again.
DC is owned by Time Warner Inc., a large and fairly well known entertainment corporation, but this company has nowhere near the international fame and power that the Walt Disney name carries with it.
But I have faith in DC. Although Marvel has a firm place carved out for itself for now, there is still space for DC to make its mark in the superhero boom. With the success of Man of Steel being used as a launch pad, they may now have the base they need to begin creating more and more movies. But another bad movie like the Green Lantern could spell doom for the Justice League.