ByDhruv George, writer at
Dhruv George

Someone said that 2016 is going to be the year of the superheroes, and so far a number of superhero movies have been released like the popular fourth-wall breaking character Deadpool, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad and many others which are waiting in the wings. So when did this superhero mania gain momentum? The answer is simple, the superhero mania never really died, It has been with us since 1934 and 1939. DC may have been around longer than its adversary Marvel but we love our superheroes no less.

But because every comic book company has its fans, there is an ingrown hatred for any rival company. Whether it is Marvel, DC, Boom! Studios, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics or even Dynamite entertainment, every comic book has its own fan-base. It is completely natural be defensive of one’s favorite company, but off late the fanatical members take to belittling the opposing publisher. Although I have mentioned a number of major comic book publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics are the most prominent publishers. From these two companies we know of the iconic characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Captain America, Professor X, Wolverine, Magneto and many others, the list goes on. DC entered the Hollywood Universe in 1966 with the very first Batman movie starring Adam West. Marvel soon caught on 20 years later with Howard The Duck in 1986. Since then the popularity scale has been in a state of fluctuation.

As of the year 2016 two blockbuster hits were in theatres already, namely Deadpool and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. But neither company is showing any sign of slowing down, with the next few releases being Marvel’s reply to Dawn Of Justice, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men Apocalypse. DC will respond with the highly anticipated Suicide Squad. I can tell you this much, no matter whether the movie belongs to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Cinematic Universe, comic book enthusiasts including yours truly will throng the cinema halls with great gusto and relish.

Marvel may be reigning supreme in the cinematic scene but DC have turned the tables when it came to the silver screen with Smallville which explored Superman’s earthly origins, Constantine whose show never took off after season 1 despite its immense popularity and the current series like Arrow which focuses on the Green Arrow, 2 Arrow seasons later a new series The Flash was born which tell the tale of everyone’s favorite Scarlet Speedster, Supergirl which seems like a retelling of the origins of Superman and the latest spinoff is Legends Of Tomorrow where some characters from Arrow and The Flash team up and time travel. Marvel’s reply was Agents Of Shield, Agent Carter, Jessica Jones and the popular Daredevil series, which is currently in its 2nd season.

But not all these superhero movies lived up to their expectations. Some highly anticipated movies failed so spectacularly that they caused barely a blimp in the box office but tore a gaping hole in the reputations of their respective companies. Running through a few DC Disasters we had Catwoman starring Halle Berry, Batman and Robin starring George Clooney and Chris O Donnell, Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, to name a few. In fact even the actors themselves refused to have anything to do with these pathetic excuses of movies, Clooney even went as far as publicly apologizing for his disastrous run as the Caped Crusader. Marvel didn’t such a great track record either with their repeated attempts to do a decent Fantastic Four film, although to be fair to them the first movie was fairly well received but it was the sequel that did the franchise in. Their cinematic representation of Daredevil and its spinoff Elektra went south. Even their first two attempts to portray the Hulk didn’t set the stage alight but they eventually ironed out those issues when The Avengers was released.

But all that is past history and with a plethora of superhero movies lined up are itching for some of the box office numbers; this is going to be a fruitful year for Marvel and DC.


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