Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may not be coming out until next March, but the buzz surrounding it has been at a fever pitch for a couple years already. Granted, most of that buzz hasn’t exactly been positive because…well I’m not actually sure why. Internet stuff, I suppose. Though there hasn’t been too much DC v Marvel sniping from the studios themselves (don’t worry, there’s been PLENTY from the fans), director Zack Snyder appears determined to change all that.
As reported by TheWrap, Snyder was recently asked his thoughts on Steven Spielberg’s comments concerning superhero movies going “the way of the Western”. In his response, Snyder fired a very clear shot at Marvel and its most recent release, Ant-Man:
“It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we’re making,” he said. “I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”
On its surface, Snyder’s comment could simply be construed as an underdog challenger taking a shot at the reigning champion. After all, there’s no denying the fact that Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has been a juggernaut ever since the first Iron Man film took everyone by surprise. In the arms race between DC and Marvel, the latter has a distinct 12-1 film advantage since Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is not a part of the current DC canon. Even though DC finally has a game plan in place for its own cinematic universe, it will take a lot of work for them to supplant Marvel as top dog regardless of recent perceived “failures” on Marvel’s part.
On the other hand, it’s hard to argue with his actual point. Marvel’s recent success has certainly thrust characters like Iron Man and Captain America into the upper stratosphere of pop culture relevance, but they still can’t touch Batman or Superman. They (along with Wonder Woman) have been around much longer than any of the Marvel characters, appearing in the late ’30s and early ’40s instead of mid-to-late ’60s like Iron Man and the rest of the MCU gang.
They have become ingrained in our pop culture in ways no Marvel character can claim. Spider-Man and Wolverine might rival DC’s Trinity in terms of popularity, but neither of those heroes have actually appeared in an MCU film (yet). Certainly Snyder’s point of comparison between Batman, Superman, and Ant-Man is accurate and frankly unfair. Ant-Man may be a founding member of the Avengers in the comics, but in today’s world he’s, pardon the pun, tiny compared to the gods of DC Comics.
Though Snyder’s comments are sure to inspire plenty of pro-Marvel pushback, even the most die hard Marvel fanboys have to admit that when it comes to pop culture relevance that, to Snyder’s point, transcends film success, Batman and Superman will always be the reigning champs. It will be up to Dawn of Justice and the subsequent DC film slate to determine whether these two comic book titans can reclaim their box office throne.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be released on March 25th, 2016.
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