(Warning: The following contains mild potential SPOILERS for future movies and TV shows in the DC and Marvel on-screen universes. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, with this year's San Diego Comic-Con having been packed to the point of bursting with fan-pleasing Arrow reveals, surprise Aquaman-centric Justice League trailers and some genre-bending additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's perhaps not too surprising that much of the discussion in its wake has centered around DC and Marvel's on-screen worlds. As it turns out, though, a whole lot of that debate has centered less on just how awesome the companies' upcoming projects look, and more on what they mean in terms of brand identity.
So much so, in fact, that one of the biggest questions to make its way around the 'Con was:
In The Wake Of Its San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Reveals, Has DC Now Gone 'Full Marvel'?
After all, pretty much every revelation Warner Bros. and DC dropped during Comic-Con seemed pointedly designed to shift the DC Extended Universe's focus and style away from the unremitting darkness of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and towards something a little more akin to the MCU's lighter touch. From a pointedly light-hearted (and thus widely described as Guardians of the Galaxy-like) Suicide Squad trailer...
...via a genre-defying (but inevitably somewhat Captain America: The First Avenger-like) trailer for Wonder Woman...
...all the way through to a notably gag filled, Avengers-like Justice League trailer...
...Warner Bros.' DC-themed presentation at SDCC seemed designed to fundamentally reorient the DCEU along far more Marvel-like lines. With the emphasis apparently no longer on psychological tension and existential turmoil (as in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman), DC's upcoming movies instead seem set to take a substantial leaf out of Marvel's book, and to head in a more light-hearted and conventionally 'fan-pleasing' direction.
Heck, even DC's shows look set to head in a Marvel-wards direction, with new addition to the Legends of Tomorrow cast, Nick Zano, revealing in a roundtable interview that:
"I'm going to play him [his character, Nathan Heywood, a.k.a. Citizen Steel] with a 'Stark-ism', y'know what I mean? Not full Stark, but like a little bit."
With even DC's television actors taking performance-related cues from Marvel, then, is it then fair to say that DC has, in fact, now gone 'full Marvel'?
Well, perhaps. Here's the thing, though:
It Seems Likely That DC's Upcoming Movies Will Actually Tread Their Own Distinct Paths
Or, in other words - while the current crop of DC trailers may seem distinctly Marvel-like in tone, it still seems probable that the final films will remain notably DCEU-like in many ways. Suicide Squad, for instance, will likely be off-the-wall in a Guardians of the Galaxy-like fashion, but will almost certainly bring a visceral, violent, approach along with it that will stand in stark contrast to the MCU's gentler offerings. Similarly, Wonder Woman will likely spend more time breaking new ground with its female lead (something Marvel is yet to bring to the screen) and World War One setting than it will retreading Captain America: The First Avenger.
Even Justice League, which hadn't yet begun filming when the ever-so-serious Batman v Superman debuted to both a critical mauling and a tepid fan-response, may not ultimately prove to be as 'Marvel-like' as its recently revealed trailer seems to suggest. After all, though a recent visit to its set certainly suggested a more traditionally 'fun' approach from the filmmakers, with The Flash's role as comic relief pushed front and center, this is still a Zack Snyder film we're talking about. It may well be lighter, and less grumpily serious than Batman v Superman, but that doesn't mean that it'll be a carbon copy of Marvel's bright, colorful and kid-friendly output. Instead, it may prove to be something of a hybrid - a more serious take on superhero-ing than the MCU's, but a less determinedly grim one than Batman v Superman and Man of Steel's.
Which, in terms of pleasing both those fans who loved Batman v Superman for its darker approach, and those who hated it for lacking any overt sense of fun, might well prove to be the perfect approach - and offer DC a route to its own hyper-successful, Marvel-matching superhero style.
Or, y'know, Snyder might have Superman bludgeon Batman to death with The Flash's newly-ripped off legs, showering the rest of the Justice League in his puny human blood, and the tears of millions of fans. We likely won't know for sure until November 2017...
What do you reckon, though?