Being a comic book movie fan nowadays is the best. Aside from hundreds of comics, we get 5-6 amazing movies, and about a dozen shows and cartoons based on our favorite comic book stories every year. If you’re even a teensy bit interested in the fate of your beloved fictional characters, you know there’s a “Great Wall” dividing the fans: DC or Marvel. You gotta choose. There’s no way in hell a person could like both franchises. That’s just preposterous and, quite frankly, sounds insane, when you say that “out loud” on the internet.
However, if you’re a sane person, like me, you understand that the franchise war will only make things better for the real fans, who just want to enjoy the geeky movies. But, honestly, DC, or rather Warner Bros., have been off their game since the Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Sure, the Man of Steel was quite good, Wonder Woman was great, but everything else, including the controversial Justice League, was very rushed and poorly edited garbage (but still nowhere near as bad as FOX’s Fan4stic).
So, will DC be able to turn the tides? What would it take to dethrone Marvel? Let’s try to figure these questions out. Here are 7 ways how DC can still surpass Marvel!
1. The World of Magic
DC’s lore is incredibly rich in magical heroes, villains, artifacts, entire worlds, and civilizations: from John Constantine to Trigon, from Justice League Dark to ancient Gods of Olympus, from Atlantis to Themyscira. While Marvel too has its fair share of magics, they’re still hesitating. And what better time to strike than now? Shazam! movie is almost upon us, and I sincerely hope it will help unlock the arcane door.
2. Infinite Space
Yes, I know the Green Lantern Corps movie is in development, but DC and Warners are literally sitting on a gold mine! DC’s cosmic arcs are light years ahead of Marvel’s puny adventures. So why, oh why, are they not developing three or more space-related movies simultaneously. I hear James Gunn is free, so snag that dude and start the show!
3. Time Is Running Out
Both DC and Marvel stories have heroes either traveling through time or they’re just stand-alone Elsword adventures in certain eras like the brilliant steam-punk graphic novel Gotham by Gaslight or the futuristic Batman Beyond. Snap out of it, execs, we want this!