However you feel about the Marvel/DC rivalry, it's become increasingly clear in the last few months that actors from both sides have no problems defending their respective teams when someone from the "other" side takes a shot at them.
Last week, Zack Snyder stirred the hornet's nest when he took a shot at Marvel's [Ant-Man](tag:9048), calling it the "flavor of the week" during a conversation with The Daily Beast about [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870):
I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because theyÃ¢ÂÂre Batman and Superman. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-ManÃ¢ÂÂnot to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?
While Paul Bettany was busy scorching Jason Statham with a wicked burn in response to his comments about Marvel actors not being action stars, [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) actor Sebastian Stan decided to defend Marvel's honor and return serve to Snyder. Speaking with Collider, Stan revealed that he wasn't too happy about the director's comments:
Yeah, IÃ¢ÂÂm sitting here and IÃ¢ÂÂm listening to you and IÃ¢ÂÂm thinking, Ã¢ÂÂDo I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?Ã¢ÂÂ I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman, I canÃ¢ÂÂt remember where I read that, somewhereÃ¢ÂÂ¦ Something about, Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man.Ã¢ÂÂ And I was like, Ã¢ÂÂOh thanks, Zack. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs great. Way to do something original.Ã¢ÂÂ But I would say weÃ¢ÂÂre still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and theyÃ¢ÂÂre shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.
Oh, snap. While the rivalry can sometimes be a little silly - I mean, it's okay to love both DC and Marvel - it's nice to see how passionate the actors are about their films and how quick they are to defend the honor of their people.
[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) hits theaters on May 6, 2016.