The battle of Marvel v DC is almost bigger than both Batman v Superman AND Captain America v Iron Man, multiplied a thousand times over. While the world clearly is big enough for the both of them, which is better?
Personal biases aside, there are numerous ways we could measure success. For example, we could take a look at the amount of cold, hard cash movies make. Captain America's previous outing, The Winter Soldier, grossed $250 million, compared to Man of Steel's $290 million.
Another way is to analyse social media traffic. That is exactly what a report published by Variety has done, pitting Hollywood heavyweights from Marvel and DC head to head.
The Result? DC Is Way Out On Top With 500% More Traffic
Early analysis suggests that the DC pairing of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad are waaay out on top, dwarfing Marvel's offering of Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse when it comes to discussing the movies online.
The top three comic book movies, according to Listen First's Digital Audiences Ratings are:
1. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' (DC)
The word epic is possibly overused, but just look at the above trailer. It IS epic. There is no denying it.
The first live-action feature placing both Batman and Superman together on the big screen is set for release on March 25th 2016.
2. Suicide Squad (DC)
The exciting ensemble of psychotic, dishevelled and downright misbehaving antiheroes is setting tongues wagging on social media, and it's not hard to see why.
Amongst other things, the movie features Jared Leto's Joker, as well as Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Suicide Squad is released on August 5th 2016.
3. Deadpool (Marvel)
Marvel fans, breathe a sigh of relief - Ryan Reynold's motor mouthed antihero has clawed one back, helped in large part by viral videos and general awesomeness.
Deadpool is the nearest release, exploding into cinemas on February 12th.
So, Does This Mean Much?
In short, yes and no. Although the volume of chatter can be measured, whether this is good or bad isn't taken into consideration, so it doesn't necessarily show which is better unless you're in the 'all publicity is good publicity' camp.
Plus, how do you really define better? If you enjoy Marvel, good for you. If DC gets the juices flowing, good for you.
What really matters is that 2016 is the year that us fans are being spoilt with a concoction of ass kicking comic book adaptations. And that can only be a good thing.
What comic book franchise do you prefer?
Source: Comic Book