Well hello everyone! Today I’m going to bring you a new article that isn’t my typical topic, since I’ve mostly done reviews on this site. This will not be a review, this will be an article that touches on why I think comparing the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and DCCU (DC Cinematic Universe) is unnecessary.
A lot of you probably know what I’m talking about in regards to this comparison, but a few of you might be unaware of it, for those people I will elaborate. The main issue that I’ve seen with this comparison is the major differences in tone between the Marvel and DC films. Marvel has a tone in it’s films that is more colorful, cheerful, and acceptable to a wider audience (meaning family friendly) and then you have the DC movies (more accurately the Warner Bros DC movies) with their tone being far more dark, serious, and targeted at a more mature oriented audience. People are saying that the DC movies need to be more like Marvel in regards to it’s tone, and my question is, why? Look, Marvel has had a very successful run in the film industry, nearly every movie they’ve made has been a smash hit, with a few exceptions <cough> Iron Man 3 </cough>, but just because the way Marvel does things is successful, does not mean it’ll work for DC. So let’s take a look at what DC has done so far (which apparently is only one movie) and see how it’s tone could work for the upcoming broader shared universe.
Man of Steel is a movie that I enjoyed quite a bit, and I’m fully aware that I’m in the minority with that opinion. But you know what? I really don’t care, Man of Steel was a really good movie, perhaps with a few plot holes, and a few bits of science that didn’t make any sense, the black hole scene, yeah a lot of you will know what I’m talking about. But in the end, it’s still a comic book movie, so you should at least give it some slack. Now back to the topic at hand, most people had issues with Man of Steel due to how dark the movie was, people thought it was too serious, people didn’t like how Superman handled Zod, along with a slew of other issues that I won’t get into right now. But I personally thought that most of the mentioned issues were actually intended and worked really well as a build up to the overall shared universe. A DC Cinematic Universe that has a dark, serious, and mature tone could work really well, and I for one am definitely looking forward to it. To be absolutely honest, I think if Warner Bros took the same route as Marvel in regards to the tone, the DCCU wouldn’t be as good as I consider it to be right now. I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me on that, and that’s fine, everyone has an opinion, and everyone has the right to voice that opinion. And that is exactly what I’m doing with this article, I am voicing my opinion. One last thing on the matter of tone for the DCCU, I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad films, I firmly believe that the dark and serious tone will work for these films (as well as the rest of the DCCU) with amazing success. Now let’s talk about the pacing of the DC movies.
Marvel first started it’s shared universe with the first Iron Man film that released in 2008, and Man of Steel (which released in 2013) is the first film in the DCCU, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad releasing in 2016. One of the many things that I’ll say about the success of the MCU is it’s pacing, Marvel Studios took their time, they didn’t rush anything. They had a plan, stuck with it, and now we have the raging success that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However Warner Bros is not following suit. Warner Bros has a potentially good thing here, but their pacing is really really off. We got Man of Steel, which obviously is a standalone Superman movie, but the two movies next in line for the DCCU are basically “super-group” movies in and of themselves. First we have Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which is basically a Justice League movie. Although people are calling it a build up to the Justice League, which seems to be accurate, I am one of the many people who thinks it’s too early to release a movie like that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely going to watch the hell out of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I mean, come on! It’s Batman vs. Superman. How can you not be excited for that? But at the same time, you have to think that maybe Warner Bros should have taken their time, and just do a bunch of standalone films for just the major DC characters. We got Superman in Man of Steel, so why not get the Batman and Wonder Woman standalone films before we get Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I get that Warner Bros is trying to catch up to Marvel, and I don’t fault them for that, they really do have a lot of catching up to do, but in my humble opinion, I think they could have done it a different way. But it is as it is, and we’re getting a Batman vs Superman movie, so maybe it’s time for me to shut the hell up about that and just get hyped up about it like everyone else, haha.
Now I talked about my issue with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but what about Suicide Squad? Well, with Suicide Squad, that’s a-whole-nother thing. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they’re introducing some of the members of the Justice League, but with Suicide Squad they’re introducing the villains of various DC heroes. This is when I go back to my opinion mentioning that their should have been some standalone films prior to releasing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, standalone films for Batman and Wonder Woman, as well as Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, hell even Firestorm (Slipknot from Suicide Squad is a Firestorm villain) could have been a great way to introduce most if not all of the villains we could see in Suicide Squad. Now despite me having issues with the pacing of the DCCU, does that mean I hate DC for that? Absolutely not. After enjoying the hell out of Man of Steel and being extremely hyped up for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and I am definitely looking forward to the overall DC Cinematic Universe, and I seriously think you should be too.
Now that I’ve made it clear that DC can succeed with a dark and serious tone, does that mean that Marvel can’t succeed at that? Of course not! Hell, Marvel already succeed at that, with Marvel’s Daredevil. Daredevil is a perfect example that Marvel to go into the dark and gritty tone, and in some ways, it was better than the tone we know from the DCCU. The question is, can DC explore a lighter touch we’re familiar with from Marvel? All I can say about that at this point in the DCCU’s development is, “I’m not sure, but I doubt it”, not because I think they can’t do it, but because I doubt Warner Bros wants to do it.
Now with all that said, I just want to say one final thing on the matter, for everyone out there that’s saying DC needs to be more like Marvel or vice versa, I’m telling you, it’s a waste of time and completely unnecessary, and I can’t stop you from comparing the two, but I can at least make suggestions. And so I now bring this very long article to a close, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read it, and please don’t forget to voice your own opinion in the comments. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time, Bye bye!