A lot of conversations are going on about the future of Warner Bros. DC Comics film franchise. Despite having some major characters in its universe, DC hasn’t been able to make its presence felt.
We are living in a golden age of comic book movies with more and more characters making their way to the big screen than ever before. DC and Marvel rivalry is decades old. They have been in a race to lead the box office since forever.
- Marvel and DC Rivalry
- Marvel’s loyal superheroes
- DC following Marvel’s footsteps
As Marvel Cinematic Universe has been two steps ahead of DC, DC is trying to do anything possible to at least come on the same level as Marvel. And I don’t see the fierce competition between these two companies will end anytime soon or maybe ever.
Marvel and DC Rivalry
It is no longer possible to imagine cinema without superheroes. The same thing goes with these comic/movie companies. It started way back in 1938 when DC launched Superman. And we can say the real rivalry begun when Stan Lee released the comic book of The Fantastic Four comics in 1961 as an alternative to DC’s Justice League. At that time Marvel simply did not seem to keep up with DC. Marvel even used to imitate DC.
Well, then years passed, DC and Marvel fan discussions over who would win, say a fight between Hulk and Superman. And these kinds of discussion became a source of inspiration for both companies and in 1996 they published a few comics titled DC vs Marvel.
Then, it was the late 2000s and Marvel started its game. When Robert Downey Jr. appeared on the big screen as Iron Man took the box office by storm. The rest is just history.
DC comics too launched some movies that changed their viewer perspective towards them. In Man of Steel, Superman actually felt Super. With all the action scenes and that scene when Zod comes in looking for the codex to Clark’s house and threatens his mother and take the fight to Zod and thrashes him shouting, “You think you can threaten my mother” the way this movie creator used the emotion of a human and made you bang your head little when Superman starts throwing punches on Zod.
Then they came up with the “Pair of the Millenium” of Superman and Batman, face to face. Which I personally loved. And number of hits were lined up and DC too broke the barrier of $1 Billion with Wonder Woman and then Aquaman.
Now DC is in the same place as Marvel was in the 1960s. Struggling with their movies, storyline, chronology, actors or whatnot. And Marvel is ruling the box office. So let’s see if the loyalty of their superheroes towards Marvel is going to come in between and let them help DC.
According to both company’s heads, the rivalry is just among the fans and the media. For these companies it is just an intense and widely shared enthusiasm.
Marvel’s loyal superheroes
If reports are to be believed, Warner Bros. is trying to bring several of Marvel’s top actors as it tries to emulate its long-time rival. Nothing is official as of now, sources say that WB wants Chris Evans (Captain America) to join DCEU, along with two more of his Avengers: Endgame co-stars.
Along with Chris Evans, DC wants to cast Marvel’s Chris Pratt (Guardians of the galaxy) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) for future roles in the DCEU. It should be noted that DC has not signed any contracts with these actors, but they have decided which role would suit these actors the best. Let’s see if their loyalty towards Marvel is going to let these superheroes help DC in their difficult times.
As we all have witnessed in the past 10-12 years that these actors have stayed loyal to MCU and bringing them to the DCEU is going to be a big task for WB. Since Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt are under contract with Marvel till 2022 so this won’t be happening anytime soon.
As per the insider claims, DC is hoping Chris Evans will take on the lead for Green Lantern, Chris Hemsworth to play the part of Ted Kord a.k.a the second Blue Beetle and when it comes to Chris Pratt, DC wants him to play Booster Gold in an upcoming stand-alone movie.
DC following Marvel’s footsteps
In the span of 10-12 years, Marvel has proven itself in the box office. Whether you talk about the success of its superheroes stand-alone movies or multi-starrer Avengers, each movie worked like a nail in the coffin of DC. Since DC was losing its credibility, WB used Joker as the saviour. DC was trying to follow Marvel’s footsteps by launching Batman v Super: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Then launched the Aquaman, which most certainly did a good job on the box office but Cyborg is still nowhere to be found.
This actually makes me remind of the dialogue that Batman said in the Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice.
| “THE WORLD ONLY MAKES SENSE WHEN YOU FORCE IT TO”.
Taking this dialogue seriously, DC is forcing itself and do anything to make their movies do better so that they can stand up tall against their rival, even if they have to cast Marvels’s top actors which seems kind of impossible for now, instead they should re-strategize and come up with something good for real this time.