Marvel vs DC: More super heroes in film equal success? 

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With the additions of these popular DC characters (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and possibly Cyborg) into WB/DC’s movie next year, why do people complain about Batman vs Superman having too many heroes? But then give a thumbs up when Captain America: Civil War adds more and more heroes to the roster? This is the reason: it’s because Marvel Studios has already established those characters to the public. At least that’s according the Marvel Studios formula. Also it’s the MCU’s version of Civil War, which in the comic books had a majority of their roster fighting each other in every nook and cranny of the world.

The sad truth that WB/DC needs to understand is that they waited too long sitting on their haunches. While Marvel Studios was busy creating their cinematic universe a decade before, WB/DC kept their noses in the air, wallowing in their Dark Knight Trilogy praises, and thought that Marvel wouldn’t amount to anything with a general unknown hero (unless you read comics), like Iron Man being released first. I do like some DC characters, but yes I will say that the DC community was very arrogant at that time since I remember a majority of the forums bashing on Iron Man, and stating that nothing can touch their “Bat-god” universe created by Nolan.

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The point I’m trying to get to here is empathy. The general movie goer is going to empathize with characters that they are familiar with. There’s always a high possibility of too many variables being introduced that will lose the consumer’s attention, or cause them to ask “Who’s this guy and why are they in this movie again?” Warner Bros CEO Tsujihara recently released a statement saying that:

“You don’t have to explain to the consumer what a ‘Batman v Superman’ is.”

Sure, he does make a point that you don’t need to explain who Batman and Superman are, because those are the only two characters you’ve been mainly focusing on and have REBOOTED IN THE PAST 30 YEARS. They attempted with Green Lantern several years back, and that movie was so “edgy” it literally fell off the “edge” of a cliff in the box office. However, I digress from the point I was making.

It’s already 2015 and WB/DC are now playing catch-up to Marvel Studios by shotgunning their characters into one movie, or shotgunning them on different television networks. Yes, I do understand that this is claimed to be WB/DC’s own movie formula, but let’s just face the facts. This is their mad scramble at attempting to replicate Marvel’s decade long success, or at least their attempt to prove to us that they can do it in a shorter amount of time.

In closing I’d like to state this: Marvel Studios invested a lot of time introducing their characters to prove themselves, and now they can bear the fruits of their labors in the movies. WB/DC has had more than a decade to introduce other characters and create their own cinematic universe, but they didn’t. They were too scared to introduce their other characters for fear of the public not accepting them; apparently Batman and Superman were the only exceptions. I hate to say it, but arrogance will sometimes get you so caught up in yourself, that you forget what’s going on around you. In this race for the comic book movie crown, WB/DC held it atop of their heads for the longest time, with Batman as their king. Unfortunately, while they were basking in their glory, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers have zoomed by and took the crown for themselves. Only time will tell if WB/DC will regain their former glory.

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