Whether you want to see your favorite superheroes on the big screen or the small screen they always leave you wanting more. Both forms of media have their own way of getting you to come back. Each have their own ways of doing that that the other can’t do. I think that it is time to evaluate each one and see why one might be better than the other in particular ways. I am going to evaluate each other on different means and forms of media. I am only going to cover live action TV shows so sorry to all of you who are fans of animated shows.
In this area the movies are better fitted because they can get higher status actors who can play a hero and have a long lasting commitment but not have all of their time taken up to continuously play that hero. In TV shows those who are casted to play the heroes have to stay with the show for the length of the season and may have to pass on other opportunities. But having actors and actresses stay on the show means that we can get to know them better over the length of the seasons. Movies still have actors and actresses for a long time but you may have to wait a couple of years to see them portray your favorite hero. We will get to see more of our heroes in the movie scene because of Marvels end of Phase 2 and moving into Phase 3 along with DC’s major movie release date announcements. Either way I think that movies have the edge here just because they get more well known actors and actresses and for their roles. I will say that TV show stars like Stephen Amell from Arrow and Grant Gustin form The Flash are getting more popular.
This is where I think that TV shows succeed more than movies for one reason: time. Movies are limited by how successful they are and how many sequels and team up movies. Certain characters like Wolverine and Batman get more time on screen because of how popular they are and how well their story is told. TV shows on the other hand have much more time to dive into the character they are telling the story of. You also get to explore some comic book stories that you can’t see on the big screen. Popular story lines and villains are used for movies because they are too important to be contained to TV. I argue that bigger villains and stories should be used on TV because then we have more time to expand these things. Overall I think that TV shows have an advantage when developing their heroes because of they can stretch that character out over multiple seasons.
This one is another area where both medias excel tremendously in, but one has more to work with. Movies are able to convey major plot stories that more people know and give us bigger villains. Villains like Loki, Lex Luthor, Ultron, and the Joker are such popular and well known characters that it is highly unlikely that they will go to TV. I do think that they should because having a movie and TV version of certain heroes and villains and their comic origins would make for great television. So far we have had little success with crossing over bigger characters. The only one that I know of is Ra’s Al Ghul being both in Batman Begins and Arrow. The popular stories like The Dark Knight Returns and Age of Apocalypse won’t be seen on the small screen. But, doing those big stories on the big screen limits how much you can include in the movie. TV shows on the other hand can take those stories and drag them out so that you get all of the details and major and minor points of the story across. I honestly don’t know who has it better in this area because of what each can do with the story equals out on all playing fields.
Okay now I know that movies win in this category but let’s hear out what TV shows have accomplished. The biggest thing that sets apart the effects of TV shows and movies is the budget. Television has had some amazing effects on shows and some that aren’t so good. There’s one show that stands out as being extremely impressive for their effects and it’s the newest Flash TV show. Given that the Flash has had only one other live action portrayal by John Wesley Shipp and the effects were alright for it being 1990. Movies just have it better and will continue to as we improve in the world of special effects and CGI. Movies are the clear winner hear but I have hope that television shows will continue to grow and learn to where they are near the level that movies are. Having the abilities to have these affects also regulates what heroes and villains that appear on TV. You probably won’t be seeing heroes like Green Lantern and Iron Man on the small screen unless it’s just their alter ego appearing and no one wants just them as themselves.
I have given you all my reasoning and highlighted areas that separate movies and television apart. Certain areas are more influenced in each media and what they can do. Let me know that you think and if you agree or disagree and if I missed any major areas. I love hearing feedback from you guys and what you think about all of this.