“Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.” – Nancy Pearcey
Comicbook fans know this is all too true as Marvel Comics and DC Comics have been rivals and direct competition for each other for about as long as they both have existed. While some may be fans of one and not the other, we can all admit that when they’re both at the top of their game it’s better for everyone. We can’t picture a scenario when both companies were putting out high-quality content, both on the page and on the screen, and it being a bad thing.
Marvel Studios seems to have the movie world figured out as their films continue to raise the bar for what a comicbook film can be. From the storytelling to the visuals and down to the way that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come together, they seem to have found the secret sauce. On the flip side, DC has done a fantastic job with their television series. The one place that they’ve seen scrutiny, though, is in their films. While the DC Extended Universe has had some gems, it’s the overall consistency that critics will point to as a weak spot. That’s not to say that DC hasn’t made excellent films, as there are some classics from the past that are on any Top Comicbook Films list, but you know the saying, “What have you done for me lately?”
During the Q & A portion of Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin’s show Fat Man on Batman, Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked by Smith what they would do to “fix” the films in the DCEU.
Christopher Markus – “I mean, I would look at what Marvel did, out of necessity, in that they didn’t have their A-list characters. They didn’t have Spider-Man, they didn’t have the X-Men, and they went down a line and found… Iron Man, but he’s, you know, he wasn’t there, and they made a really good movie out of it. I might put Batman and Superman and everyone else, I mean Wonder Woman is doing fine, aside for a second, go through the vast world and go ‘That guy’ or ‘That girl’ and go, ‘Let’s just make a really good movie, and not a universe’ and see what happens.”
Stephen McFeely – “To quote Justice League, ‘Save one person!'”
They make a valid point; Marvel Studios didn’t actually know if it was all going to work back in 2008 when they started with Iron Man. The further along it got, the more it came together, but it worked and fans are happy it did. As for DC, everything could turn around with Aquaman on the way and the sequel to Wonder Woman in production. None of us have the superpower to see into the future.
You can check out the full interview and episode below. Beware though, it is NSFW. If you know Kevin Smith, you already know that, but you’ve been warned. This specific question is asked at the 1:54:30 mark…