By Hector Ibanez
The question is old as time itself; DC or Marvel? Batman or Iron Man? The debate will continue regardless of the answer.
I want to begin by stating all comic books are ridiculously awesome regardless of the brand.
Personally, I enjoy DC mainly because Batman is my favorite character. While Marvel is great at making movies, until DC joins the party with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, I will always read DC.
DC (Detective Comics) has always had brilliant stories. For example, Scott Snyder’s Batman: The Black Mirror, Batman: Hush, and Justice League. I prefer reading the Batman because of the writing and art style.
On the other side, Marvel Studios has created an empire with their movies. It begin, in 2008 with Iron Man. The idea was to create a film for each hero (Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor) and eventually bring them together in the super-massive hit The Avengers in 2012. The concept of having a shared universe of movies has worked beautifully. According to Box Office Mojo The Avengers grossed over six-hundred million dollars during its run in theaters.
In 2011, Warner Brothers attempted to replicate the success of Marvel Studios by creating a movie for, DC super hero, Green Lantern in hopes to build a shared universe of their own of the aforementioned DC Comics characters. After the colossal failer that movie was, the movie studio scrapped the idea for time being.
Warner Brothers ,which own the rights to the DC characters, have had success with this genre of film in the past with Director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. In my opinion, the set of three movies are the best comic book movies of all time. Yes, even better than The Avengers. The Marvel movie didn’t really have much of a story to it. It was only the fact the heroes coming together for the first time ever on the big screen that made it a huge draw. Aside from Christian Bale’s “throat cancer” Batman voice in the series, the movies were still great.
In The Dark Knight from 2008, actor Heath Ledger gave us an absolutely brilliant performance as the Joker. He was so great that he earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
After having a case of writers block during the production of The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan and Writer David S. Goyer began to develop a screenplay for a new Superman movie that eventually became Man of Steel which was released in 2013.The motion picture was directed by Zach Snyder
When the Superman film was out, no one knew what was to come next. Whether it was a sequel or something else; it was complete mystery. It wasn’t until San Diego Comic-Con in 2013 took the stage at the Warner Brothers panel and announced a new movie featuring the Man of Steel and Batman.
The film would eventually be called Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice which has a release date of March 25, 2016. Warner Brothers must have known what they doing they entire time. Dawn of Justice will serve as a prelude to a Justice League film. When I heard this news, I was completely beside myself. I remember saying to myself, “It’s happening, it’s really happening!”
Now the question became: Who plays Batman/Bruce Wayne? Well, in August of 2013 Warner Brothers announced that Ben Affleck will done the cape and cowl. At first, I was completely against this, mainly because of Affleck’s previous superhero outing as Marvel’s Daredevil. As time went on, I changed my stance I learned that he was also a fellow bat-fan and he was dedicating himself to this role.
Now that the DC cinematic universe in the process of being born and Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to release on May 1, 2015, it will be interesting to see which one comes out on top.
I’ll be honest this is a really awesome time to be alive because of all these superhero movies. I cannot wait!