Some of us might be excited to see who wins between Batman and Superman, and some of us might be be excited for Iron Man vs Captain America, but one of the most popular battles recently is movie vs movie, franchise vs franchise, [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) vs [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870).
The battle between Marvel and DC fanbases is an ancient one that has stretched on many, many years. However, fans have generally mellowed out, realizing that they could love both comic titans without having to choose sides. Unfortunately, due to the upcoming release of both Civil War and Dawn of Justice, the battle has begun to rage on once again.
Now, as a brief disclaimer, I'm not a Marvel fanboy. I like Batman better than Iron Man, but I like Captain America better than Superman. I love both franchises, but when it comes to their upcoming films, I firmly believe that Civil War is going to beat Dawn of Justice.
1. Marvel Has A Head Start
This point has been hammered in by countless other articles so I won't spend too much time on it, but it is a very valid point. Marvel has built up a dozen-movie franchise to lay the ground work for what promises to be an incredibly emotional battle between friends. These characters that have been friends for a long time now will come to blows in the most brutal way possible in Civil War.
While Batman v Superman is a match-up that I'm sure we all want to see, it's pitting two heroes against each other that really haven't even met on the big screen before. To both Batman and Superman, they are just fighting some new foe that has been placed before them. There's not that same emotional betrayal between Cap and Stark.
2. Civil War's Directors Have A Better Track Record
Sure, Zack Snyder has done some amazing work as a director. He even directed 300 and Watchmen! However, the last superhero movie he directed was Man of Steel. It wasn't a bad movie by any means, but it had even DC fans split down the middle over the ending. From what I've already read about BvS, the film looks to follow in Man of Steel's footsteps. If you loved Man of Steel, great! You'll love BvS. But if you were one of the fans who were indifferent towards the Man of Steel, you might be experiencing the same apathy again soon.
The Russo Bros last directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which many film fans and critics have said is the best movie in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film gave Cap a sense of realism that almost made it feel like it wasn't even a superhero film. With such a directorial tour de force behind it, Civil War is going to be just as good, if not greater.
3. The Civil War Trailers Have Been Flawless
The first trailer for Batman v Superman got me really excited for the film. We got to see plenty of Ben Affleck's Batman, and we got a taste of the motivation behind the colossal battle. However, it's the second trailer where things took a turn for the unfortunate. Due to the over-extended scenes and inclusion of Doomsday, fans started to wonder whether the film would really live up to their expectations.
The third BvS trailer went back to being amazing, but that's two out of three for Batsy and Supes. The first Civil War trailer was good, the second one was better, and the most recent trailer was amazing! Marvel keeps upping the emotional tension in the trailers so that the bond-breaking between Cap and Iron Man becomes more and more apparent. Unless Marvel comes out with a disappointing teaser any time soon, they have DC beat with the trailers.
4. The New Characters Make More Sense
Civil War is introducing us to two important new characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Spider-Man and Black Panther. Of course, most of us are familiar with Spidey by now, but even in a single trailer they managed to explain his motivations in the film. Since he is on Stark's team, and his suit is decked out with Stark technology, it makes sense that Peter Parker was a scientific underling of Tony.
Black Panther was set up back in Avengers: Age of Ultron with Andy Serkis' character, Ulysses Klaw. We saw Wakanda, Black Panther's homeland, and there was a lot of discussion about Vibranium, a metal that Black Panther specializes in. Now even his motivations in Civil War can be traced back to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
In The Winter Soldier, we learned that Hydra sent the brainwashed-Bucky to assassinate various political figures and Hydra enemies. So naturally when the UN building explodes in the Civil War trailer, Bucky is blamed for it. As King of Wakanda, Black Panther's father was most likely there, therefore pinning the blame for his death on Bucky.
In Dawn of Justice, we are being introduced to Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg, and we don't know why any of them are there. Sure, Wonder Woman will have a pretty big part in the film and the rest are cameos, but we don't have real motivation for any of the characters. We know why Black Panther and Spidey are in Civil War, but the Dawn of Justice cameos are just flat-out confusing.
5. Marvel Is Focusing On The Fans
When Marvel releases new movies, they aren't thinking about how they will compete with DC. They just want to make good movies. They announced Civil War because they know that it's a storyline that the fans have been waiting for, and they think that they can make a good story out of it.
DC obviously has real competition on their hands. They know what Marvel has in store, so they have been basing their line-up off of Marvel's. They want to catch up as soon as possible so that the attention can shift from the Avengers to the Justice League. Marvel doesn't care about the competition because they know that they have a loyal fan-base.
With stuff like Jason Momoa's "F*** Marvel" poster and Zack Snyder calling Ant-Man the "flavor of the week", it's become clear that they care about their rivalry a lot more than Marvel does. Instead of focusing on the fans, they are focusing on the competition, which gives Marvel an edge with film-making.
Again, I would like to reiterate that I am not a Marvel fanboy. I am a Marvel fan. I am a DC fan. I just think that Marvel has too much in store for us with Civil War, and Dawn of Justice might not be able to triumph with this film. Perhaps Suicide Squad can bring DC a bit closer to what they are trying to accomplish, but we'll just have to wait and see.