The proverbial "pissing contest" continues as neither Marvel's Star-Spangled Man nor DC's Man of Steel and Dark Knight have chosen to back down from the double scheduled Memorial Day weekend of 2016. Personally, I'm more of a DC fanboy but I can provide two great arguments for why both are going to be absolute powerhouse movies. I'll start with Captain America 3.
1. Winter Soldier is incredible!
Already credited as one of Marvel's top films, in both quality and box office earnings, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was far better than I had expected. I'm not a huge "Cap" fan, but this movie was excellent! That's a story for those of you who want to read my official review though. The movie set up such a pivotal moment in Captain America history and did it terrifically. On a related note, the writers and directors from this one are attached to work the third installment as well, already setting expectations very high.
2. Marvel's Strategic Strikes
What I mean by that, is that beginning with Iron Man in 2008, Marvel had their entire Avengers phase of films planned long before the official movie was released. Marvel has done an amazing job of setting up their heroes, and the world knows it. Unfortunately, DC seems to be releasing their "big" movies in such a rush as attempted retaliation against Marvel.
Could the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel's perfect planning be the downfall of DC's long-awaited Batman/Superman team-up? Here's two arguments for the DC side that could cause trouble for Cap.
1. Their First Time in the Same Movie
This historic event has been awaited for what seems like an eternity, and it is finally here. Superman and Batman will finally share the big screen for the very first time. The commercial success of Man of Steel (2013) paved the way for acclaimed action director, Zack Snyder, to represent the duo in what promises to be a great superhero film.
2. The Characters Themselves
This is DC's only upper hand over Marvel. I'll try not to be too biased as a Batman fan and a Superman hater for this, but DC's general lack of planning, regarding the Justice League, is practically rendered void by the fact that these are two of the most known heroes in the world. Whereas I feel that making a Captain America movie seemed more like a necessity for the Avengers than an actually great standalone film (I'm obviously referring to the first installment), Batman and Superman had their own amazing films that I can't help but watch again and again. Even though I despise Superman, I thoroughly enjoyed Henry Cavill's performance, and say what you will about the subject, but I'm one of the few Batfleck supporters in the universe. I can't wait to see Ben Affleck's performance and I don't judge him on one "failed" movie from way back when. However, DC's lack of as strong and vast a cinematic universe as Marvel's weighs heavy on the mind.
Say what you will about either franchise or company, this is going to be a fight to the death on opening weekend, and I fear that both movies' box office performances will suffer for it. As always, leave your thoughts and feedback.