DC’s Struggle Over Marvel’s Success

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Lets face it, Marvel far surpasses DC when it comes to their movies.  I am a huge fan of DC and yet I  have found myself let down so many times.  I was so excited when Batman VS Superman was announced, only to be let down by a movie lacking in almost everything.

Rushed, is the perfect description for it.  Same for Dark Knight Rises, rushed.  Both movies should have been broken into 2 movies. One, 2 hour movie was not what many were expecting.  I remember seeing The Dark Knight in the movie theaters, and not being let down a single bit.  When Bane was announced for DKR, I was stoked to see what they would do with the movie.  Not at all what I expected.  Honestly DKR was great, but once you got past the famous back breaking scene, it lacked in that rush.

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Image: MCU


I can’t say that every Marvel movie was great either, but people are more likely to name a Marvel movie over a DC.

Before the first Avengers movie came out, they had introduced almost all of the superheros we would meet; with the exception of Hawkeye and Hulk (if you consider them changing actors). At this point, we knew their backstories, and yet with each movie we still find ourselves learning more and more.

I honestly can’t tell you how tired I am watching the origin of Batman.  At this point, everyone knows that his parents were shot in an ally after a show at a theater.  Bruce then looks for revenge by becoming the Knight. I get it. I’ve only seen it happen with Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Bale, and Affleck. A movie I’d rather see is Nightwing or Robin. Why haven’t we seen an origin story of theirs yet?


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Image: DC Movies

So while DC is making us sit through Batman after Batman, Marvel is beating them down with multiple new and emerging story-lines. Now that Marvel has turned the Avengers into a movie, DC had to have their ‘power group’ join. Though I’m not sure how it’s going to work. Justice League is going to be about Batman and Wonder Woman finding the metahumans and coming together to stand against a new enemy. Why can’t we have the backstories of these metahumans first? Marvel has done that with their superheroes before coming together for a mega-movie.

What is Marvel doing right that DC is not? Marvel is planning things out. Lets take Deadpool for example. Before they even started filming a second one, they made sure that the first one did as well in the theaters as they anticipated. I think it well surpassed that. Marvel is not rushing their movies. Sure they have movies planned out until 2020, but that really didn’t happen until The Avengers broke the box office.


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Image: DC Comics, Marvel Comics

I think the point I am trying to make here is DC needs to stop letting down their fans. I am in no way bashing DC, like I said I am a HUGE DC fan. Have been ever since I saw Tim Burton’s Batman. But things need to change. Anymore, I am more likely to see a Marvel movie over a DC. Now TV shoes, that’s a whole different story.

What do you think? Do you think that the DC movie-verse is struggling behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)?

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