Marvel VS DC: On Your Screen

Staff Writer: Liam Gillin

Before I begin forcibly shoving my opinions down your throats, I should really get something out of the way. Many people are going to disagree with me, and others may do just the opposite. Marvel and DC are two major comic book franchises, so the mere title of this article is bound to spark an argumentative comment in someone’s brain out there. And I welcome it! I just want people to know that I fully expect a certain level of contradiction, at least on some degree. With that said, let’s begin. Shall we?

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Marvel Logo

Let’s start with Marvel, simply because I tend to be more oriented towards it. I have always felt that Marvel‘s comic-to-screen adaptations have astounding success on the big screen. By this, I mean movies. Typically, live action films. This may largely have to do with how in movies, directors and writers can get away with a few more things than they could on a television series. Specifically, I’m referring to brief moments of partial nudity, as well as a little swearing here and there. Every one of the X-Men movies that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has been a part of (excluding Logan) is rated PG-13, and he dropped the ‘F-bomb’ in at least two of them; but he only used it once. See what I’m saying?

 

Overall, the characters feel realistic. They say and do things that we are likely to do and say in those situations, when we become frustrated or surprised. Just like they do. Granted, this may seem vague. However, I have yet to see a DC movie that is unafraid to drop a single use of the ‘F-bomb’ like that. However, when I watch a Marvel TV show, I am not often as enthralled as I am with their movies. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was a rather big let-down for me.

I think that Marvel‘s Netflix shows, such as Daredevil and Luke Cage, are actually really entertaining. However, Netflix is not TECHNICALLY a channel you find on your TV. So, I’ll ignore those for now. Overall, Agents was lacking in properly executed suspense. The dialogue was also quite cheesy in some areas, yet compelling in others. This made it difficult to keep up with on a mental-emotional scale very often.

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DC Logo

 

Now, let’s take a look at DC. Nowadays, I am often left disappointed by hyped DC movies. However, DC tends to keep me glued to the screen of my TV with their shows and animated movies. At some point, you just have to wonder if the chemistry of DC is set for the small screen. Their TV shows also tend to be much more colorful than their movies. Just look at CW’s The Flash, for example.

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CW’s The Flash

 

Doesn’t that look much more colorful than a black battle-armored vigilante fighting a superpowered alien in the rain at night? This is the case in point I’m trying to get across the most. Colorfulness can really make a difference in what makes a comic-to-screen adaptation truly entertaining. Bottomline, Marvel makes some great live action movies. In contrast, DC makes some great TV series and animated movies. Simple as that.

All photos Courtesy of CreativeCommons.org. Gathered by Emily Hailstone.

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