DC Comics or Marvel: What’s Your Favorite

Superhero movies have become all the craze in the last decade when Hollywood realized these films make a crapload of money. And superhero films make a whole lot of money because a larger demographic can watch it. Grandparents, parents, teenagers, children, every generation can find a reason to get into these movies at their own pace and enjoy the riveting spectacle.

Marvel Studios has had the most success at acquiring an audience willing to drag themselves off of the couch, step outside the house, get into their car or whatever form of transportation, and head to the theaters to see what’s going to happen in the next chapter of the franchise’s world-building.

But you can’t deny that DC Comics has tried to put their own stamp into the superhero conversation with films that have started a conversation of their own. Unfortunately, the conversations haven’t been overly positive.

But these franchises don’t just pertain to the last decade of superhero galore. We must think back to the Batman movies in the 80s and 90s’, the X-Men films in the 2000s, and The Dark Knight trilogy which spanned from 2005 to 2012.

Of these franchises that have given us so many superhero movies over the decades, which is your favorite?

Honestly, I am torn to pick a favorite. On one side, Marvel has managed to deliver powerful stories over the last decade with superheroes that I legitimately care about. And then on the other side with DC Comics its collection of heroes and villains are far more spectacular. Wonder Woman, Superman, Shazam, Aquaman, the only hero that seems like a regular human is Batman who, like Iron Man, uses his brain to create the ultimate superhero alias.

But definitely, at the end of the day, I’d have to pick Marvel. If DC Comics could find a way to give its lovable stories in the same way that Marvel Studios has taken care of its characters I’d probably pick DC Comics. Until then, Endgame is enough to convert me to the Marvel side of the spectrum.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

 

4 thoughts on “DC Comics or Marvel: What’s Your Favorite”

  1. To me, it’ll always be Marvel. At some point, the basic idea of what they do in their storytelling and the characters they do it about are just… better than DC. Stan Lee made a high level decision back in the Silver Age of comics that he wanted to write stories about real people that happened to have superpowers, as opposed to perfect individuals that rose above just about every imaginable flaw. The Fantastic Four had arguments among themselves. The X-Men were (and are) a thinly veiled metaphor for the civil rights struggle of the 60s, and their choices in dealing with it aren’t always perfect because the real villain in their story — prejudice — is something they can only do so much about. Hulk was possibly the strongest character in the lineup, but also the most flawed.

    The DC characters just don’t have these flaws. Every one of them is some form of expression of perfection at some archetype. They have superficial weaknesses, but over time they’ve had to step away even from those to avoid them becoming tropes (e.g. Superman and Kryptonite). While Superman is less ridiculously powerful than he used to be, he’s still pretty ludicrous even as compared to his counterparts in Marvel. While the argument can be made that he isn’t the strongest or fastest or whatever character in DC, he’s still really, really out there in just about every way.

    And even Batman is kind of out there. The best example this whole contrast is frankly Batman vs Iron Man. They’re both gazillionaire industrialists who basically never really had to work all that hard a day in their lives. While Batman has his formative tragedy, frankly he’s never really had to truly financially struggle a day in his life. His parents got killed in front of him. Yes, that’s a tremendous amount of trauma. Okay, set that aside and… what else? His money never runs out. He’s arguably the smartest guy in the world (on paper he’s probably approaching Doctor Doom/Mister Fantastic levels of genius). He’s the best all around hand to hand fighter in the universe. And the only moments of self doubt he ever has is whether or not the personal cost of what he’s doing is too much… which, of course, never truly stops him. Even when he’s backed away after Rachel Dawes’ death in the third Nolan movie, you know it’s just a matter of time before he snaps out of it, and the final scene where Alfred catches him having run off with Selina in the end viewer as more motivated by the fact that Nolan didn’t want to bother doing a fourth movie than by the actual character. If DC were willing to keep going after he’s gone, you know this doesn’t happen. (And of course, subsequent Batman movies basically pretend it didn’t.)

    Tony Stark is very different from Bruce Wayne. His sense of entitlement never entirely goes away…. nor should it. Even in his first movie, he’s acting out of a sense of personal guilt for what his wealth has done, and it’s still ultimately a little self centered. In the first Avengers movie, he has serious doubts about growing beyond that. The key moment here — a moment that Batman never has — is when he simply goes and says, “we’re not soldiers!” out of petulant self doubt as to whether he even wants to do this. And then he realizes half a moment too late that he’s talking to Captain America, who is in every way a perfect soldier who’s always willing to make that sacrifice, and that he’s coming off more than a little childish and entitled in what he just said. And even then, he can’t quite bring himself to take it back. He eventually does the right thing, but his sacrifices he eventually makes — culminating in giving his life to destroy Thanos in Endgame — are more powerful for the journey he has to take to get there.

    Batman never has such a moment. There is no sign of him ever truly giving in to the temptations and indulgences of what he’s about. The women who’d come at a billionaire never genuinely tempt him, and on the rare occasion when it’s suggested is when he’s acting like Bruce Wayne, Playboy…. which, as Rachel observes all along, is the fake version he’s putting up to cover for being Batman. Bruce Wayne is, in her words, the “mask,” whereas Batman is the real him. In the parody comic “Sergio Aragones Destroys DC” where DC amazingly allows the crew from “Groo the Wanderer” to send up the entire lineup (seriously, go find it some time, it’s hilarious), a woman actually comes on to Bruce as “hey, tall dark and obsessed, wanna come back to my place?” And he’s all, “I can’t, it would be a distraction from revenge for my parents!”

    Now…. I get it. There’s obsessed people out there who never stray from their mission. And while sometimes Nolan’s movies do allow Batman to get into some unhealthy self-pity stages, it’s never really that destructive. Batman would be a lot more interesting to me — perhaps more anti-heroic and maybe even toxic, but more interesting — if he were a little bit more… self indulgent? Having moments where his anger is a bit more destructive? Seeming a little more on the edge of having a Punisher like moment where he just goes on a mass murdering spree because he can’t really hold himself back any more?

    Because Batman, done more realistic? Is the Punisher with much better gear. That guy should be a truly frightening human being, if we really want to take his stated motivations and follow where a real human being would let them go. A guy who’s obsessed since childhood about avenging his parents, with “brain on legs” level genius, and blessed with effectively limitless financial resources to act on that obsession, is going to be a really unhealthy person. He’s likely to treat most people in his life like tools to that end. He’s not likely to ever have a problem getting the girls, and he’s likely to treat them like momentarily release before breaking up and discarding them before they distract too much… or worse. And he’s going to run up a body count. A really, really big body count.

    We never really see that. His worst self pitying moments still aren’t particularly destructive to anyone but himself, other than by allowing crimes to go on by negligence. And even his worst self destructive moments probably don’t really capture where that would really go. He’s got all the imagery of being in a dark place, but he never truly goes. He’s just dark enough to be cool.

    Maybe that character isn’t really that interesting any more, or maybe he’s too scary to really be popular. To still be recognizable as a hero, he maybe would have to have that obsession toned down.

    Tony Stark comes off as a more believable billionaire, in the end. Batman just doesn’t. He’s just a little too perfect, even without superpowers. And in the end, that’s why Marvel is better than DC.

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  2. DC is may favorite but I still respect Marvel (some fans think just because you like one you hate the other) while you’re reading this would you mind checking out my blog I do monologues of different characters from comics, anime, manga and TV shows! It would help a lot!

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