I love DC. I enjoyed Batman V. Superman and Man of Steel. However, when compared to what Marvel has been doing with their films and TV shows, DC has a lot to fix. Now that doesn’t mean that DC will always be inferior to Marvel in the movie department- that’s just the way it is currently. If DC decides to change the way it handles their cinematic universe, this could all very well change.
As much as I hate controversy, there should be a huge debate among fans on whether the MCU or DCEU is supreme. The movies and shows should be behemoths that are both equal in terms of quality, and there should be no clear winner. However, after seeing how DC has been running their show while Marvel is still going strong, the victor thus far is certain.
Marvel, since its production of Iron Man in 2008 has become a well-oiled machine, having never really produced a genuinely bad film in their franchise (Incredible Hulk does come close though). Everybody now recognizes characters from comic books that you never thought would be popular. In my day, nobody knew who Iron Man was.
I’m sorry to say this to DC, but if you continue in your ways, Marvel will end up bettering you for years to come. Something needs to change or you will fail before you really find your footing. I want to see you succeed, but here are 12 simple reasons why the MCU will crush the DCEU.
12. Marvel Has Been Doing It Longer
While both companies have been making films about the same length of time, Marvel has been working on a shared universe much longer than DC. By the time Man of Steel (the first DCEU film) was released, Marvel had already come out with The Avengers and had been working on Phase 2. People had already become so attached and familiar with Marvel’s characters that it felt odd for them to want to get inducted into DC’s universe at such a weird time slot, especially since everybody wished the Dark Knight trilogy would be a part of that universe.
11. DC Hinders Their TV Shows
For those of you that watched Arrow season one and two, you know how interesting and enjoyable it was. Then it began going a bit downhill (although season four was an improvement on season three). A lot of that had to do with the higher ups of DC saying that Arrow couldn’t use the Suicide Squad because they were planning on doing a movie. Well, the showrunners were planning on doing a big story-line in season three involving the squad, so essentially, DC shot themselves in the foot, and trust me when I say that is the first of many instances where the TV shows haven’t been allowed to do something because DC wants it for the films. Meanwhile, Marvel works with their shows to let them use characters as needed.
10. Marvel Has Made Better Casting Choices
When in the realm of movies, there’s no doubt that Marvel inherently chose better actors to portray their characters. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, etc. Each actor fits into their role perfectly. Meanwhile, DC casts Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and The Rock as Black Adam. While these characters could turn out really great, DC already loses some of their film audience by casting people that seem to be really out of their element.
9. The Netflix Shows Outdo The CW Shows
Arrow is my favorite superhero show of all time, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones are higher quality shows than that of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and definitely Supergirl. Where the CW shows struggle in pacing, Marvel tells their stories in strides, and successfully puts viewers at the edge of their seats. That’s not even mentioning how incredible the action in Daredevil is when compared to the sometimes lackluster action of Arrow or The Flash. The acting is also generally better and less cheesy.
8. DC Is Playing Catch Up
One of the reasons Batman V. Superman suffered when it was released was because there was no build up to it. By the time The Avengers came out, everyone was already familiar with all the heroes due to them having their own solo movies. However, for DC, the only character we knew was Superman. Everything else that we needed to know, BvS had to explain. Not only that, but they also had to set up the Justice League movie while on top of setting up Wonder Woman, Batman, and so forth. Had DC taken their time, they would’ve ended up with better results.
7. Marvel Handles Their Properties Well
It is mind-boggling to me that a movie that features Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Doomsday can be outperformed by a movie featuring a talking raccoon, a sentient tree, and ’70s pop songs. Marvel does so much justice with their properties that they can make Guardians of the Galaxy be one of the best films of their franchise while DC is still struggling to handle Superman properly. Now Marvel can plan movies like Doctor Strange with little to no backlash, while everybody is still wondering whether Justice League will be worth the wait or not.
6. DC’s Director Choices
When it was announced that Zach Snyder would be opening the DCEU while going on to direct Justice League, there was a bit of a mixed response. The reason for that being Snyder’s track record hasn’t exactly been flawless. Almost all of his movies get criticized for using too much CGI in the fight scenes and lacking in the plot department: two issues Batman V. Superman was criticized for. Not only that, but David Goyer (another director they are using), has an utter disrespect for some of DC’s characters, wanting to change their origin stories to make them better.
5. DC Splitting Their Movies And TV Shows
While I was watching Batman V. Superman, I couldn’t help but think of how awesome it would’ve been if Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow showed up, or even Grant Gustin’s Flash. It’s a terrible shame that DC has decided to split those universes, because had they connected them, BvS could’ve ended up a lot better, because audiences are already familiar with the Green Arrow and the Flash. If they had put those versions of the characters into the film, not only would they have increased their audience, they would’ve also increased the hype going forward.
4. Disney V Warner Bros.
Disney owns Marvel and Warner Bros owns DC. What becomes a problem here is that Warner Bros has owned DC for years. In fact, most of the DC movies ever made were produced by Warner Bros, and as we all know, not a lot of them have been very good. How then could we expect Warner Bros to finally get its act together for the DCEU? Meanwhile, since Disney has owned Marvel, we’ve gotten Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain America: Civil War – three of the best films in the MCU.
3. Marvel Stays Relatable
There’s no getting around that Marvel knows exactly who they’re appealing to. Because of that, more intelligence is put into their movies to relate to their target audience: that’s part of the reason the new Spider-Man worked out so well. Not only that, but Marvel also understands that they don’t always need an “end of the world” threat to tell a story, as per the case with Ant-Man and Daredevil. DC is still unclear about who they’re appealing to, trying to tell a mature story in the vain of Christopher Nolan’s movies, but still marketing it to kids and adults alike.
2. Marvel Is Family Friendly
This is more of a marketing choice that will eventually lead to Marvel outdoing DC. All of Marvel’s movies (save for maybe Guardians), I would be more than fine with watching alongside my future children. There are quips and jokes, but they still remain great films. Meanwhile, with films like BvS and Suicide Squad, I can already say that I’d wait for my kids to be a bit older. I get that’s more of a stylistic choice, but because Marvel is marketing to families, they automatically increase their audience, while DC restricts themselves.
1. Marvel Has A Plan
From the first Iron Man movie, Marvel has always had a plan of where they wanted to take their franchise. There have always been phases, leading up to the epic culmination of Avengers: Infinity War. By planning, Marvel knows exactly what direction they’re heading to at all times, and they’re all the better for it. DC doesn’t seem like they have a plan. They always seem to flip flop on what they want to do. Batman V Superman was originally intended to be Man of Steel 2, but they changed that after lukewarm reception of the film. It just goes to show that having a plan is always better for your films.