DC Postscript

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:

  • Marvel versus DC

The most important piece of information in this video is not about Gal Gadot, but about the DC/Marvel rivalry.  Turns out DC’s reputation for being dark and serious is deliberate.  They have a policy against humor.  It’s their way of distinguishing their characters from Marvel’s characters with their inclination toward quips and antics.

  • 10 Batman movies you never saw

In some parallel universe, Warner Bros. decided to carry on Christopher Nolan’s vision of Gotham City after The Dark Knight Rises concluded.

As you may remember, Bruce Wayne faked his death and passed the legacy of the Batman on to Robin John Blake. Of course, there was word on the street that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt was being looked at for the next Caped Crusader at the time, but considering that the studio was all for a team-up with Superman, it’s for the best that the World’s Finest’s first meeting in live action involved Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, not the latter’s successor – who was created for an isolated trilogy.

Still, I find it hard to forget how many mock-ups of Gordon-Levitt as Nightwing were surfacing up until the time Ben Affleck was cast as the new Masked Manhunter in the summer of 2013. In fact, some still hold onto that sentiment, with this fan-made comic strip serving as a fine example of just that….

  • Why Tom Welling never wore the Superman costume

5 thoughts on “DC Postscript

  1. Carl says They have a policy against humor.

    It depends as their animated films tend to be much more balanced as regards this subject such as Batman and Harley Quinn which has enough humor in it to make any MCU film look staid by comparison. I think the live action films reflect the modern era DCU which is by far a more dangerous place than the MU is.

    The MCU for better or worse is for now an extension of the personality I think of Stan Lee is that it wants, like Stan Lee who’s the living representation of a Marvel, to be liked. DC has never had anyone even akin to Stan and that suggests that being liked ain’t in the corporate gene code. They exist to make money, damn it, and that they do it well.

  2. Soon Alex asks So DC stands for Dour Comics?

    Not really. There’s a lot of not angst in the history of the DCU including characters so over the top such as Lobo the galactic bounty hunter and blowhard Green Latern Guy Gardner that it’s easy to argue that dour isn’t really a proper descriptor.

    Judging the entire DCU from the live films is no better than judging the MU as a whole by the films. Marvel has had many a decidedly grim storyline down the decades too.

    I personally have found the MCU films a mixed bag at best. I love the first GoTG but thought the second was meh. Likewise the first Ironman and Avengers films were great but the latter ones were just ok.

  3. When they say ‘humor,’ they don’t mean jokes, right? Because there’ve been some pretty good jokes in DC movies. They just don’t go full sitcom.

    Still, I was disappointed with the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. I was hoping that the Inferior Five would eventually save the day, perhaps aided by Angel and the Ape.

  4. @Cat Eldridge,

    I was more a Marvel comics reader but read enough DC to be surprised at how the respective cinematic universes are unfolding. Marvel are doing much better at making movies with different tones (using more of the emotional palette) than DC (which appears to have gone all-in for the Dark Knight approach., which is unnecessarily self-limiting IMHO.)

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