If there are 2 comic book houses that have captured the imagination of millions of comic book fans an the fans of big-budgeted blockbuster films, its got to be Marvel and DC. Both are polar opposites in terms of their storylines, character arcs and the way they target their audiences, but fans worldwide love to catch any film or series that comes from the backyard of these 2 comic book houses. Let's explore the Marvel & DC dynamic in the first part of Superhero Series:
Marvel started its cinematic universe way back in 2008 with the first Iron Man film (if you want to count RDJ's cameo in The Incredible Hulk, then its The Incredible Hulk) that paved the way for more superhero films from Marvel's roster and it was very soon when Marvel assembeled some of its mightiest heroes in The Avengers to fend off a CGI army led by Tom Hiddleston's Norse God Loki.
DC came to the party late in 2013 with Zack Snyder' Man of Steel as it was only in 2012 when Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy came to an end and these films existed in a completely different universe. Though DC also started production of other films soon, its films were getting criticized for their dark tone and too much destruction. The inclusion of Ben Affleck as Batman brought some respite for the fanboys but it was Gal Gadot's Wonderwoman directed by Patty Jenkins that made everyone sit up and take notice of the formidable minds DC put behind its films.
Now, DC also boasts of great actors like Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller etc. who have the caliber to match up to their Marvel counterparts. like Samuel L Jackson, Clark Gregg, Elisabeth Olsen and Michael Douglas etc.
Fans would always complain that DC films took themselves way too seriously and the dark tone was somewhat disturbing for the audiences. It seems like their complaints were heard by the top execs at WB and DC and the Justice League trailer was full of deadpan jokes and one-liners without taking away the serious tones.
As we recently saw that Thor: Ragnarok not only set the box office on fire but also garnered universal acclaim for its strong acting, script, and direction, it'll be interesting to see how DC establishes its extended universe with Justice League which is sais to be the shortest DC films to date. As mentioned earlier, Marvel and DC are poles apart.
While Marvel is light-hearted and humorous, DC is serious and dark, though both the studios have a fan following in hundreds of millions and it'll be interesting to see whether The Justice League members are able to trump their Marvel Counterparts. We will find soon enough on 16th November. Meanwhile, enjoy the Justice League trailer below: