DC Comics not offered fair chance in superhero genre

Dalton Stokes

As a fan a of superhero movies, I’ve had something on my mind for quite a while: Two main comic book companies that dominate and own most of the market– Marvel and DC Comics.

In the past decade or so, it really seems like there is some favoritism between the two. The companies have been competing for control of the comic and superhero genre market for just short of a century.

In recent years, they have both been trying to expand their money making tactics onto the big screen. Marvel has been infinitely successful at doing so while DC has met some challenges. One factor attributes to this: the media has a huge bias toward Marvel.

The tactic Marvel has found success with in manufacturing success is creating a cohesive universe where all or most of their heroes exist and interact with one another. Marvel started this strategy in 2008 with the first Iron Man film.

Through the years, Marvel has slowly built upon this universe with each hero’s stand alone movies that included small details that hinted at them being tied together. Marvel tied all of the big name heroes together and then three years later released a collaborative Avengers movie featuring all of the heroes, inspired by the comic giant’s Infinity War comic book series.

Every step of the way, the movie franchise has received nothing but praise in the media and from the fan base, and movie sales are record breaking. DC on the other hand has only begun to build up its cinematic universe in the past few years starting with Man of Steel.

Many contrasts between Marvel and DC have been met with scepticism and criticism. While its approach to creating a cinematic universe showed much less finesse and cohesiveness, I would argue that Marvel movies are really not any better than that of DC.

Admittedly, I am a DC fan, but I try to remain objective in saying that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is extremely overrated. While I think the movies are good, I find them to be extremely formulaic and over-the-top films that rely far too much on comic relief.

Despite this, every time Marvel pumps out an Avengers film, critics and fans go nuts. Yet when DC releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it gets a record low 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Admittedly, Batman v Superman wasn’t good. It deserved a low rating, but what it received was a little excessive. Even when DC makes an attempt at a less conventional movie like Suicide Squad, it got a 25 percent from Rotten Tomatoes.

Suicide Squad wasn’t a masterpiece, but it wasn’t a movie deserving such harsh criticism. It was much better than Batman v Superman, and if there was a superhero movie deserving of a 25 percent it was Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was formulaic and the definition of mediocrity in cinema. It covered up for its lack of plot with big explosions and sarcastic comments. The movie also managed to ruin one of the Marvel universe’s best villains.

Also, an extremely underrated side of superhero films is animated films. Some of the best superhero movies are animated, and DC’s animated films remain far superior to that of Marvel.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Marvel movies and I love Marvel comics. It is important to have a bitter rivalry between the two companies because we are all in it for the same thing, but DC has not been offered a fair chance and there is a huge favoritism at play in this.

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