Saturday, February 9, 2008
DC Vs Marvel
I dont know why but I have always been prejudiced against marvel comics.I have always been a DC supporter, but that doesnt automatically disqualify marvel from all forms of affection.Is it because Marvel is right now ahead of DC in terms of sales.Or is it that Marvel is getting their characters turned into movies left,right and centre while DC still struggles with getting that wonder woman film chugging along.I think it has los to do with this lead that marvel has over DC in the comics2film race.DC had the lead there with critically and financially rewarding cinematic renditions of Superman and Batman in a time when marvel had were cheesy live action tv shows.But while the Batman films treaded into cringe inducing fromage territory thanks to joel Schumacher,Marvel brought back comic franchises to tinsel town.I believe it was the success of Blade that set things rolling.And then came the X-men,Spiderman all big money spinners.While they fell flat with the Hulk,The Punisher and the F4,the important thing was at least they were being made.DC did bring back Superman and Batman,with great success i must add, but only those.Their only other C2F i can think of is Catwoman and that left a bad taste in many a mouths and garnered several razzies.
Thanks to Marvel,each year had a big budget comic franchise coming out in sequel form or otherwise.It pisses me off that they are able to gather so much talent into their projects while all DC is doing is getting Fan disapproval.In fact 2008 has 5 major C2F coming up.
Stars Robert Downey jr,gwyneth paltrow,Terence Howard and Jeff bridges.Looks like a gr8 time judging by the trailer.
2)The Incredible Hulk.
his came out of nowhere.Edward Norton as Bruce Banner and Tim Roth as the villain Abomination.Directed by Louis Letterier,who did Transporter 2,which was a good fun time.
This one is directed lexi Alexander who directed the superb "Green Street Hooligans".I am forecasting great things for the director, and stupendous fan approval for the movie.
DC only has one flick but its HUGE.The Dark Knight is all the rage on the internet with its viral marketing,featuring the recently deceased Heath Ledger as The Joker.I have issues with Batman Begins,but its the batman flick that is clearly close to the comics.
Dark Horse comics have Hellboy II coming out which also looks great,since it has the uber cool Guillermo Del Toro behind it.
I would rank them in the following order in terms of eagerness to watch
The Dark Knight
The Incredible Hulk
DC is having trouble with the sequel to Superman Returns(titled Man of steel) with director Bryan Singer focusing on other flicks at the moment.They do have Supermax in the scripting stages that looks very promising.I dont care for WonderWoman, though the idea of an Island filled with greek babes is definiltely cool in my book.Their recent plans for a JLA movie met with huge fan and internet disapproval.The Flash doesnt seem to be taking off, but I think Ryan Reynolds would fit the role to a T.Marvel also has Captain America,Ant Man and Sub Mariner rolling along quite nice.And then there is the Wolverine movie that seems to be the lone C2F of 2009.
Why do I root for DC.Well the main reason is The Dark Knight.he is my absolutely favorite character.You should definitely read batman:Year One and the Killing Joke.Both excellent works.Also I thing JLA is a lot of fun.I love the Batman/Superman series.The one with them on the run with the whole of the DC-verse after them because they were outlawed by the president had me in throes of Fan-passion.I also love the Batman-Superman friendship, and how they represent the good and dark side of the same force.
On the other side of the road,I absolutely love the X-men.i never cared for Spiderman but have watched a lot of the cartoons, and therefore know the mythology.The recently released,The Runaways is an absolute must read,though they just came out the stories and characters are so well drawn out that it has become one of my Fave series.