If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I’m a die-hard Batman fan. I celebrated his 75th anniversary with a whole month of Bat-themed posts. However, I find myself more excited about Avengers: Age of Ultron than Batman V Superman- Dawn of Justice. Why is that?
Well, for one thing, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is allowing their characters to grow and change, and be well, heroic. DC, meanwhile, In an attempt to make their seem “realistic,” has opted instead to make their heroes brooding whiners. “Oh no, I got powers. My parents got murdered. I have a ring that is controlled by will. Help! Help! What do I do?” It’s very annoying.
Also, Marvel takes strides to at least somewhat please the fans: Captain America’s costume, Joss Whedon is directing, Black Widow’s stingers, Howard the Duck, etc. DC totally ignores its fans: Ben Affleck as Batman, not naming the Batman/Superman film World’s Finest, Zack Snyder is directing, did I mention Ben Affleck is Batman?
Agents of SHIELD introduced Deathlok and recently Mockingbird. Gotham is taking great pains NOT to introduce Batman making it just a cop show. Arrow is using BATMAN villains, not Green Arrow rogues. Marvel is giving two female heroes, Jessica Jones and Agent Carter, their own shows. DC just green-lighted a Supergirl show. Really? The only thing we want from Marvel is to convince Disney to give out the money to buy Spider-Man from Sony. That’s possible now since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t do so hot.
I’m also annoyed by the extremes Batman is going. They refuse to show Batman in his prime even though The Dark Knight was a huge success. They either want him too young to do anything or he’s going to be old and tired. I want to see Batman kick some… you get the idea.
Maybe with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, it’ll motivate DC to do better. Let’s hope so for the Justice League’s sake.