I've been a Marvel fan for as long as I can remember, from watching the original Spider-man and X-Men cartoons as a child to studying the Marvel encyclopedia for no apparent reason. I've always been fascinated with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's creations. It was just cool to see those normal relatable human beings be blessed with extraordinary powers, as opposed to DC's God's amongst men.
When it came to DC, Batman was kind of cool, but besides that, I just didn't like the idea of DC's characters being so powerful and all-mighty. I also didn't like the darker tones of the their cartoons and comics. It wasn't fun or relatable to me, so I didn't pay much attention to it. I actually became a Marvel fan boy by the time the Dark Knight films began.
I argued with DC fan-boys day and night about how Marvel was so much better than DC. I argued that Batman was their only pillar, even though Superman was their strongest character. I argued that Marvel favored teams, and normal people with extraordinary skills instead of DC's undefeatable heroes.
Looking back, I was a fool, as a comic book fan, I should have embraced the differences of the publications and even looked for similarities. Great minds think alike, and since the creation of both of these companies they've always bounced ideas off of each other. And a lot of times, DC has the better idea first, but Marvel finds a way to take that same idea and tweak it to the public's liking.
Instead of looking at Marvel and DC as rivals or enemies, I now look at them as competitive brothers, constantly challenging each other to take it up a notch but never upset by the others success.
The Dark Knight trilogy made me realize DC's potential, but I still thought that they had work to do, especially if they wanted to start a universe.
Man of Steel was refreshing, I had never seen any of the older Superman films, and the reviews for Superman Returns scared me away, so this was similar to the first Iron Man film for me because I was basically being introduced to a new character on screen for the very first time.
It was great, but what I needed was an over the top jaw dropping film. A film that would bring heroes together. A film that can easily rival anything Marvel has made thus far. A film that makes my inner nerd scream like a girl.
A film that can take my nerdy interests and ask it;
Batman V. Superman Did Just That !
It was simply amazing; the action, the Bat, the God, the Woman, I loved it all and I am now officially a fan of DC. My love for Marvel is eternal, but now I'll be the first in line for DC films just like I am the first in line for Marvel films.
Now, I will attempt to dive into the backstories of DC characters, read some of the biggest comic book events and even check out the classic Superman films.
Now all I need is the help of some veteran DC fans to give me a good place to start!