Comic book writer/innovator/legend Mark Millar celebrated Moviepilot's Comic Week with an in-depth interview led by our very own Alisha Grauso. They spoke about such topics as the upcoming [Nemesis](movie:579266) adaptation, convention cosplay, and his experience writing the storyline that will become [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409).
While the full interview is definitely worth the read, this particular bit about his take on the direction of superhero movies—and how Marvel and DC fit into it—is enlightening.
Here's his take on how superhero movies have evolved since they gained mainstream legitimacy with films like Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy:
But then I think right around the time of The Avengers, maybe somewhere between Iron Man and Avengers – maybe Iron Man, because it looked like Robert Downey, Jr. was enjoying himself the whole time and you came out of the movie with a big smile on your face – but there was a very different vibe from The Dark Knight, which you appreciated as a movie more than you wanted to be Batman. But the Marvel movies definitely led the way there, and I think the DC movies, as much as I enjoy them, feel a little bit like what DC was doing a few years back. You know, the Nolan stuff. It feels like they’re still trying to legitimize themselves.
But as Marvel have just realized is that the best way to approach this stuff now, what the audience responds to most, is just a good night out.
Especially with the monstrous success of [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), Millar sees Marvel beginning to take a more light-hearted approach to their movies. DC still does gritty, and as he points out, there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, diversity among all the franchises helps keep people coming back to the theater.
Be sure to check out Millar's full interview here to learn all about his take on the modern day superhero success story.