Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
The battle between DC and Marvel is eternal. First it was in the comic shop, then it was on the Internet and most recently, it’s on the big screen. In 2016, it’s really going to explode when the DC movie universe expands with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel starts Phase Three of their cinematic universe, with Captain America: Civil War.
Now, it seems, the battlefields are being drawn in the board rooms as well. In a new interview, the Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara differentiated between the Marvel and DC brands by saying “The worlds of DC are very different. They’re steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel’s movies.” Oh snap. Read the DC vs Marvel movie quote below.
TheDC vs Marvel movie quote came from Variety’s coverage of the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. There, Tsujihara was talking about his company’s new dedication to the superhero genre, dating films that’ll form a cohesive universe through the end of the decade. He assuring the audience there isn’t superhero fatigue:
The key thing is that the movies and the television shows and the games, everything looks very different …you have to be able to take advantage of the diversity of these characters.
That’s in relation to his belief his films looks different than the Marvel films, which eventually lead to the aforementioned quote:
The worlds of DC are very different. They’re steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel’s movies.
I think the key here is “a little bit” edgier. While it’s fun to joke like he’s throwing down against Marvel, he’s just trying to separate the two universes. A separation that for the most part is false. If anything, a “little bit edgier” could refer to the fact that Batman, as a character, is a bit edgier than Captain America or something. Or that Superman killed Zod at the end of Man of Steel.
In terms of overall realism, though, they’re pretty much on the exact same page. The only difference at this point is Guardians of the Galaxy, but DC will get there too when they release Green Lantern. So Marvel’s seven year head start has created a bit of a difference in reality, but the Earth bound films are similar.
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