Samuel L. Jackson has taken it upon himself to stoke the fires of rivalry between the two giants of supermovies Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment. In an interview with MTV, Jackson commented on why he believes the MCU is far superior when compared to DC's!
I think Marvel has figured out a way to make those movies accessible to the public that DC hasn’t. I don’t know what that is. I don’t know why you can’t get Batman and Superman or people to get as juiced up to be a part of that.
That's an incredibly bold statement to make seeing as Marvel is currently ten movies into their cinematic universe, and are no doubt taking the world by absolute storm with their endlessly entertaining movies (GOTG FTW!)
But it would be foolish to discount the influence DC has had on the world of supermovies.
Let's go back to the Nolanverse Batman trilogy, when Batman Begins was first unleashed from its cave back in '05. The feature was well received by critics, surprising the viewing public, and then a mere three years later The Dark Knight arrived and proceeded in laying waste to all past conceptions of how a supermovie should be crafted - accessibility from realism.
Marvel saw the success of Begins and ran with it. Even Jon Favreau commented on how he used Christopher Nolan's reimagining as a basis for Iron Man:
Christopher Nolan’s 'Batman Begins' set the bar very high for the superhero movie, as it showed that you could get a great cast for these movies and take a real filmmaker’s perspective. There were some other superhero movies, the titles of which I don’t want to mention, that were making a lot of money and which I thought were trash. I didn’t want to end up making one of those types of movies, I wanted to make a movie like Christopher’s.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros./Legendary managed to set the precedent and paused, taking the time to refine their fledgling DCCU, using the commercial faux-pas that was Green Lantern as a worthwhile excuse for holstering their pistols.
So I think Samuel L. Jackson was a little harsh for saying his aforementioned quote. Man Of Steel was a movie well worth its standing as spearhead into the DCCU as it humanized its central character and even took liberties with his core ethos, allowing us to empathize with Kal-El more so.
I'm sure Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice will blow minds and the box-office wide open with equal abandon. I mean, what's the point in taking sides when we've been gifted a veritable goodie bag of movies featuring all of our favorite superheroes/villains/sociopathic raccoons?
The MCU and the DCCU have gone down two completely different lanes and are tackling their sprawling lores in different ways. DC choosing to go straight for the jugular with their two biggest stars beating the crap out of each other and Gotham, and Marvel are set to bring the shocks as the MCU will be shaken up in Age of Ultron.
It's a great time to be a geek!
What do you guys think?