HELLO!! My name is Alex and this is my first post.
I have always been a devout dc fan. Marvel comics are good in their own right but DC comics are the older and more iconic comic book company. Dc comics created the superhero with superman in 1938 and started the golden age of comics. The marvel we know and talk about began in the silver age with the exception of captain America. Marvel really established itself in the 1960’s and benefits from not being killed by the whole seduction of the innocent issue. Jump ahead a few decades to the 1990’s and when comics almost died, marvel went bankrupt but Dc held its own.
What’s the point of all this back-story? The point is that despite all of marvels past financial woes and the fact that most of its characters came after DC’s top characters- marvel dominates the field. The first major Hollywood superhero movie was 1978’s superman which still sets the standard for comic movies. In the 32 years since, DC comics have put Batman, Cat woman, Steel, swamp thing, Jonah hex, Green Lantern and Super girl on the screen. (Watchmen does not count). Marvel on the other hand started with blade in 1998. In the 13 years since, X-men, Spiderman, Daredevil, Hulk, the Punisher, Elektra, Fantastic four, Ghost Rider, Iron man, Thor and Captain America had movies made. That’s DC with 8 individual character movies not including sequels or reboots in 33 years. Marvel has 12 individual character movies not including sequels or reboots. Including sequels and reboots marvel murders DC with 24 for marvel and 18 for DC.
In both counts it seems that when you look at the minor numerical advantage Marvel has over DC that its not so bad but, A- DC had 33 years over Marvels 13 and B- Marvel has only 5 tragic movie missteps to DC’s 8. Marvels were Punisher, Elektra, Fantastic four-2, Hulk and Spiderman 3. DC has 8 with, Super girl, Superman 4, Swamp thing 2, Batman and robin, Steel, Cat woman, Jonah hex and most tragically Green lantern.
Another point to note is that DC’s modern movie age began in 2005 with Batman Begins. Since then only 4 other movies they produced were Superman Returns, The Dark Knight, Jonah Hex, and green lantern. That’s 5. Since marvel started the modern movie age with 2000’s X-men,- Spiderman, Daredevil, Hulk, the Punisher, Elektra, Fantastic four, Ghost Rider, Iron man, Thor and Captain America. That’s 11. Detective Comics needs to stop allowing Marvel to set the pace and remind the general public that DC can compete. Almost all of DC’s current offerings are a reaction to something marvel started first. Like DC’s current animated movie franchise. These movies are great but they only started AFTER Marvel did their Avengers movie in 2006. DC must start acting more instead of reacting like they’ve been.
WAKE UP DC! REMIND YOUR FANS OF WHY THEY ARE YOUR FANS- AND LET EVERYONE ELSE KNOW THAT YOU CONTINUE TO EXIST.
Remember people, I’m a comic fan and I give Marvel credit for their current accomplishments. Please keep all comments factual and respectful- Thanks!