Superhero movies. They have become an expected delight to look forward to every year. And the two arbitrators behind this movement is DC Comics and Marvel. For decades these franchises have released films that have inspired generations of fans and brought joy to millions and they are continuing to do so. In just a little over a month, Captain Marvel will be hitting theaters and there will surely be plenty of individuals, including me, rolling into theaters to see it. And that’s why I wanted to make this the topic of this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite? Enjoy!
When I think of DC Comics the first superhero that comes to mind is Batman but before Michael Keaton made Batman cool in the late 1980s’ there was Christopher Reeves’ iconic portrayal of Superman. I’ve seen Superman maybe once or twice in my younger years and while I don’t remember the film very much I still can grasp in the recesses of my brain the magic of the movie. Specifically, the scene when Superman–to bring Lois Lane back to life–uses his incredible ability to turn back time by flying around the Earth multiple times. You could say my mind was blown!
Then there is, of course, Christian Bale whose already iconic role as The Dark Knight is still heralded as the epitome of DC Comic’s epicness. Unfortunately, after The Dark Knight trilogy ended the films have never been able to reach the same glory but the newly titled DC Universe is trying to reclaim that awesomeness The Dark Knight trilogy seemed so effortlessly to create.
Wonder Woman was a thrilling success with Gal Gadot in the title role.
And Aquaman became the surprise winner of the holiday season, wowing viewers around the world and proving that Aquaman was indeed a superhero worth getting excited about. Jason Momoa brought a lively, lovable personality to a character who has been used mainly as bait for jokes, making the film all the more enjoyable.
And while The DC Universe struggles at times to create engaging films that are highly praised what the films may lack in storytelling make up for with incredible characters with outstanding antagonists to challenge and worlds to explore. Hence, Aquaman‘s booming success.
DC Comics has its issues in the cinema department but it is dominating the television with its many franchises on CW. And with exciting characters like Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Black Lightning, Batgirl, etc. it’s no surprise why DC Comics is dominating tv with their riveting superhero entertainment.
Other than the beloved superhero Spider-Man Marvel wasn’t a huge presence in the superhero world. Yeah, there was Blade, the dismal Daredevil movie, the X-Men movies, and the corny Fantastic Four films but it wasn’t until 2008’s Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role that things began to change for the Marvel franchise.
Since then this franchise has become an unstoppable force with next month’s Captain Marvel becoming the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Marvel franchise has honestly become the poster child of how successful franchises are supposed to look, inspiring other companies and franchises to try to follow Marvel’s footsteps.
And these are quality films. Black Panther, a film that was expected to do okay, exceeded all expectations, shattering box-office records left and right and garnering nominations for the Golden Globes, the Screen Actor Guild Awards, which it won, and seven nominations including Best Picture for the Oscars. Amazing!
And the MCU has five! films in the top ten highest-grossing films of all time with Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Black Panther. Drop the mic.
Of these two franchises–both of which have spawned countless films and introduced dozens of tantalizing superheroes, which one is your favorite?
For me, I’m definitely a Marvel fan. DC Comics clearly has more impressive superheroes in their reservoir but Marvel somehow finds ways to make heroes who are nowhere near as powerful as the likes of DC Comics’ characters larger than life. And maybe that’s why they appeal to me more than characters like Wonder Woman or Aquaman. Heroes like Captain America and Black Widow seem more relatable because their strengths are believable. But I do love DC Comics though. 🙂
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.