Saturday, 4 August 2012
Marvel V DC - THE PRIZE IS BILLIONS - Let the battle begin.
Warners who own the DC rights have named Christopher Nolan as the man in charge of their superhero line, and he'll act as producer on most of them and, it is hoped, direct several titles himself. Nolan already has a producers credit for the forthcoming, Man of Steel, and it will be interesting to see if he'll accept control of the DC universe from Warners. This will guarantee him big bucks but will limit him from other projects.
Marvel on the other hand are sitting on sure things with - Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2, Spider-Man 2 and the big one Avengers 2, and that's not to mention the possibilities of the Hulk now that the Avengers movie invented a successful version of the character. It seems DC needs Man of Steel to be a success. I saw the teaser trailer just before The Dark Knight rises at my local multiplex, and it looked darker than we are used to with Supes. It's interesting sure enough but can dark work with Superman?
The battle though has already begun and Marvel are way out front - recent years have seen a string of mediocre DC movies, Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, while Marvel seem to be on a roll , ahh not including the Ghost Rider and Fantastic Four flicks of course.
Round one to Marvel then, while the second round seems to be wide open...BIFF, BASH, POW
An interesting side point is that although Marvel seem to be doing better in the live action stakes, it is DC who are the kings of the animated movie, and several excellent animated movies have come from DC characters over recent years, and these animated flicks may point the way to how DC should handle a Justice League movie. Justice League: The New Frontier, a 2008 direct-to-video animated movie was excellent, and showed how the characters can work in relation to each other. And guess what - Aquaman didn't suck.
Though for the best in animated movies you're back to Batman and Christopher Nolan's finished the character off, in terms of live action movies...for the moment, at least.