Let’s get one thing clear; I love both Marvel and DC -- film-wise and comic book-wise, but let’s bring up the big question that fans from both sides have been debating ever since the announcement of DC’s powerhouse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -- Is DC rushing it? In my opinion, absolutely not, but hey, that’s just my opinion, and not everybody agrees with it. Let’s jump into it, shall we?
Firstly, I think that Marvel Studios has done a wonderful job (for the most part) with setting up a cohesive cinematic universe that involves all films tying together in some way. Whether it be with the Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers, or just plain old Thanos, everything connects together quite well. And, as a whole, Marvel Studios has done a great job at taking its time to give all of these characters the right amount of screen time and development so we know who they are, where they come from, and why they do what they do. But that doesn’t mean the Marvel is pitch perfect, because nothing is, in my humble opinion. In fact, Marvel has had quite a few failures (Ironman 2, Ironman 3, Thor, The Incredible Hulk) but those films still had their points, and that point was to set up the bigger picture. Especially with the second Ironman film.
Now, while I thought that The Incredible Hulk was a great film, many fans did not, and that’s why I believe Mark Ruffalo was casted for the role in The Avengers and not Edward Norton, but that’s not the point of this article. The point is whether or not it’s a good idea for DC to go a different route than Marvel when setting up their cinematic universe, and I certainly think it is. In fact, I think that DC is going a better route than Marvel had done. Here’s why:
Man of Steel.
That’s right. The controversial 2013 Superman reboot that opened the door to DC’s cinematic universe. In my opinion, I still think that Man of Steel stands as the best comic book film, yet, but I know that many fans wholeheartedly disagree with me, and mainly, it’s because of all of the destruction and mayhem that occurred in the film that people believe Superman had caused. In reality, it was about eighty percent of General Zod and his crew (world engine) that caused all of the disastrous events, but had Superman not have came to Earth, it would never have happened in the first place. Seeing as how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a direct sequel to Man of Steel, but rather more a film in the DC cinematic universe that helps set up the bigger picture, many fans are led to believe that DC is rushing their universe by adding Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and others into the second film in their newfound universe. Personally, I believe it’s a great idea. Not only because it’s a different route than Marvel went by making their solo films first, then leading up to the team up that we had all been eagerly waiting for, but because it’s grounded in the realm of reality more than the path Marvel had went. Think about it; if all of these other superheroes were hiding in the shadows, and then out of nowhere this godlike being appears and causes half of a city to be destroyed, wouldn’t these heroes step out of the shadows? In reality, absolutely. And that’s what I love about DC’s films. They stay grounded in reality. They ask the question: What if Superman was in our reality? How would that affect the people of Earth? How would the government respond to his actions? You get the point. In Marvel’s films, however, they completely ignored that aspect all the way until last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It seemed after Ironman, Thor, The Hulk, and Captain America had all done things that would usually make an impact on the world and really question those around them, everybody was still all happy go lucky about there being a thunder god and a huge green rage monster walking amongst immortals. Nobody felt feared by any of these people, unlike what they’re doing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where they show Superman being feared by the people of Earth, and having the heroes come together after these tragic events to make Superman face the consequences (e.g. Batman kicking his alien butt!) It seems as if Ironman, Thor, The Hulk, and Captain America didn’t even know one another existed until Nick Fury decided to team them up.
Like I stated in the beginning, I love both Marvel Studios and DC, but I like what DC is doing, at the moment. I constantly hear about people complaining about DC rushing their films just because they’re not following Marvel’s footsteps. Who cares? Personally, I’d prefer DC to stand their ground and do their own thing. I would hate to see the same thing recycled with different heroes, and it makes a lot more sense to have these heroes come out of their shell early to deal with the tragic events occurring. The origin stories can come later, although everybody in the world already knows who Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are.
So, what do you think, moviepiloters? Do you think that DC is going a better route than Marvel, or do you think that DC is rushing it? Sound off in the comments below!