DCU Movies Kick Butt?
Now, before you jump all over me, let me say that I think the DCU movies have their flaws. Some fairly major ones actually. In general, so far, I prefer the Marvel movies. This statement will naturally still bring people down on me, just a different group of them.
I grew up with both DC and Marvel, so I love them both, but where my brother preferred DC, I was a Marvel fan. It all came down to the characters. My brother loved Superman and Batman, while I loved Spider-Man most of all. I was a DC fan as well, though. Superman is right at the top of my list with Spidey, and if you have read anything else on this site, you likely know that I am reading mostly DC comics now.
But while I am enjoying DC over Marvel in the comics, I prefer Marvel to DC in the theaters. Some say that DC is making more mature movies while Marvel is making films for kids. I happen to like the film of both companies, but I prefer Marvel’s brighter and more fun tone to DC’s dark and gritty style (strangely, though, I enjoy the darker Netflix fare that Marvel has put out quite a bit.
So why do I say that the DCU movie kick Marvel’s butt?
It’s All About the Ladies
For some time now we have been aware of the growing popularity of superheroes (and geek culture in general) amoung girls and women. Many fans have been hoping to see a female lead in a Marvel movie, but nothing has come to pass as of yet. I personally don’t think that a character like the Scarlet Witch could carry a film by herself, but I don’t have too much difficulty believing that Black Widow could do so. I could easily see her in an action/ espionage film. It would be less of a gamble for them than some other films because it could be made with a smaller budget. I don’t understand Marvel’s disinterest in giving her a film.
Over at DC however, one of their highest-profile and most-anticipated films is the upcoming Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot. The buzz on the film has been good and despite some early resistance to the casting of Gadot in the role, she seems to have won over quite a few fans after her appearance in Batman v Superman.
And lest we think that Wonder Woman is the only female character capable of headlining a superhero film, it has now been announced that Joss Whedon– creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and writer/ director of the first two Avengers films– will be writing and directing a new Batgirl movie.
I’m not sure if Marvel is simply not confident enough in Black Widow’s drawing power, or if it’s something as simple as Scarlett Johansson having a limited number of appearances left to her contract and Marvel wanting to save those appearances for Avengers-related films.
Marvel took a chance– and did very well– with Jessica Jones on Netflix, but it’s past time for a female superhero to appear as the lead in a theatrical release. There is a large untapped fan base just waiting for a hero to call their own. Until Marvel realises this, DCU movies have a real chance to kick their butt.
Do you want to see more female leads in superhero films? Let me know!
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