Needless to say this is one of many article you can find easily discussing the topic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the coming DC Cinematic Universe. In this article we will look at what Marvel have done with theirs and how DC can make their Cinematic Universe different to Marvel's.
First off Marvel have a total of 11 movies already released and Ant-Man will mark number 12. DC have released only 1 film so far, but [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) will start a more steady stream of films for the next 5 years. Already DC is at a disadvantage as Marvel have now been playing the game of creating a Cinematic Universe for 7 years and have clearly cracked the formula to keep the idea running for this long. However if the guys at DC are clever, they will be looking for way to make theirs offer something different. DC has five very clear options on how they can make theirs stand out from Marvel.
The first is, female characters.
As big a Marvel fan as I am, even I have been disappointed by their lack of faith in their female characters. In a total of 7 years we have had a total number of two female heroes with actual powers (Scarlet Witch & Lady Sif) and then the highly skilled fighter Black Widow making the total number of female heroes three (sorry I am not including Peggy Carter or Maria Hill). Compare this to their male hero characters you have over a dozen with actual superpowers before you even look at those without powers. Perhaps the saddest part is that Marvel's female heroes are actually pretty amazing, and it is a shame we have not seen more. Captain Marvel is coming but what about Spider-woman, She-Hulk, Wasp or even Jocasta.
There is a high chance we will meet Medusa and her sister Crystal in the Inhumans film and there is a good chance Valkyrie will appear in [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) as the Valkyries house the spirits of great warriors ready for the final battle of Asgard, but has the wait been too long for more female characters? If Marvel do not start showing more attention to these character they could loose out to DC easily. Marvel have known for a while that fans have wanted Captain Marvel to enter their Cinematic Universe but she will not actually get her movie until the Cinematic Universe is 11 years old!
Showing more courage right off the bat, DC are going to beat Marvel to having the first female-centered movie in their Cinematic Universe. Wonder Woman will be the forth film in their line of films and it doesn't stop there. DC are not being stupid as they know Harley Quinn has a massive fan following and will enter their Cinematic Universe in their third film Suicide Squad. What could be their downfall is stopping their. Their is a chance Aquaman will feature his wife Mera and Green Lantern's film could feature a female Lantern easily. But these have not been confirmed yet. If DC do decide to bring these characters in also they will have beaten Marvel for featuring super-powered female characters this early into their Cinematic Universe.
DC also need to look at some of their other lesser known female characters and give them a chance. Characters such as Black Canary, Vixen and Zatana are prime examples of characters that are sexy, feminine and know how to kick it in a fight just as good as any guy. Characters like Hawkgirl/Hawkwoman, Supergirl and Power Girl are additions that would work brilliant with the power houses DC are going to feature already. It is truly a coin flip over which company portrays their female characters better in the comics, but the winner for portraying female characters on the big screen is a title still up for grabs.
Who has the better girl power?
The second aspect is how they introduce their characters. Marvel have shown characters such as Black Widow and Nick Fury act as the thread holding all the movies together. The pair have not had a solo film themselves but have appeared in more movies across the Marvel Cinematic Universe than any other characters. They have also shown the skill in pulling big characters together for a big epic movie in the Avengers films and the coming [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). We already know DC are not holding anything back and Batman v.s Superman - Dawn of Justice is pretty the origin of the Justice League as the majority of the founders will be in the film. So we can expect to perhaps see Green Lantern pop up in Flash's film or Batman appear in Cyborg's, but DC could have another option that Marvel will not be able to incorporate into their Cinematic Universe as easily.
DC has a history of a hero training a younger hero who emulates their mentor. Batman alone has Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing as well as they rest of the Bat Family. If DC bring their younger heroes in to fight alongside their mentors they can consider giving them their own movie in Phase Two of their Cinematic Universe. Teen Titans and Young Justice are both titles ran by DC comics at one time or another. It would also give them the additional opportunity to introduce amazing characters such as Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire and Blue Beetle.
Marvel does have a Young Avengers (pictured above), these characters are not trained by their adult counterparts and instead simply wanted in on the Superhero gig and emulated already existing heroes. Eventually they do get the recognition from their adult counterparts but never become their sidekicks. This automatically gives Marvel a much harder time to introduce these characters to their Cinematic Universe. So for who wins the round for ability to introduce characters easier is clearly DC if they look to using their sidekicks in addition to their adult heroes.
Would you want to see the sidekicks in DC Cinematic Universe?
The third choice DC could also make is the the fate of their villains. Marvel have had a history in their Cinematic Universe of killing big iconic villains off after a single movie. Red Skull, Ultron, Baron Von Strucker, Ronin the Accuser and so many more, are big players in the comics and all have been killed off. So far the only villains Marvel have not had bite it yet is Loki, and due to how fans love him it is highly unlikely he will be killed off, and Nebula who is likely to return for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. DC need to have their villains live to fight another day and where DC do have Suicide Squad following after Batman vs. Superman - Dawn of Justice we can assume they do have a more substantial plan than to simply bring big characters in only to put them on the chopping block. Only time will tell if this will be a draw or if DC will win the round of keeping villains alive.
Do you wish villains survived more to return in later films?
Evolution of Characters
The forth consideration is the evolution of characters. I have simply chosen a Robin and Batgirl from DC to illustrate how characters can evolve in the comics.
Above is Jason Todd the second Robin whom the Joker beat with a crowbar and then blow up where he had been hiding him "killing" him in the process. A grief stricken Batman then has to deal with his return of Jason as the villainous Red Hood. Granted it is kind of like how Bucky Barns becomes Winter Soldier in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but the darkness behind Tim's transformations is far more psychological for audiences to get adsorbed in to. The next is to show something completely unexpected and game changing for a character.
Above is how the Joker shot Barbra Gordon the original Batgirl, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down and unable to resume her superhero ways. This was a big shock moment for readers when it happened and her fans did not know how to react. She later became Oracle, a true hacker in every sense and found herself as a new asset to help fight crime by aiding her old allies with information and gaining them access to things via her computer. This made her keep her fans. They loved how she did not just leave the comics but was instead reinvented as a new type of hero. I so wanted Marvel to introduce Carol Danvers as Ms Marvel to begin with and for them have her become Captain Marvel for her own solo film. Evolution of characters and them changing identities is something that makes the comics worth reading. Any character featured in multiple films should see evolution like they do in the comics. I hope we will see some of Hank Pym through flashback in the upcoming Ant-Man film as Ant-Man as well as him turning into Yellowjacket, otherwise I will feel we have missed a large part of him history. Both still have time to win this contest but which will make the braver bolder moves?
Do you want more character evolution in the Cinematic Universes?
100% Original Character
The fifth option for DC to consider is creating a 100% original and brand new character to feature in their Cinematic Universe. So far Marvel have only kept to their already existing heroes and tweaked the odd part here or there of them. However as crazy as this may sound to you, it would not be the first time DC have created an original character in a media outside of their comics. In 1993 DC created perhaps their most popular female character in the television show Batman: The Animated Series.
6 years later she made her debut in the comics in Batman: Harley Quinn #1 and from their has won the hearts of fans across the world with her truly unique personality. If they did it once, why not again? Granted Marvel have also created a characters from television series as back in the 70s they created their character Firestar who never really became a huge success and X-Men Evolution saw the creation of X23 whom fans accepted more, but neither came even close to gain fans from the comics like Harley did. DC have done it with Harley, so they hold the crown for creating original characters that become highly popular. I say DC be brave and give it a go personally.