While Marvel undoubtedly have the edge on DC in the film stakes in regards to how many have been released, Warner Bros chairman-CEO Kevin Tsujihara sees the two as being very different animals.
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Tsujihara said: “The worlds of DC are very different.”
“They’re steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel’s movies.”
Given the look and feel of Man of Steel, this is something we will not only not argue with, but that we have said many, many times before.
“The key thing,” he continues, “Is that the movies and the television shows and the games, everything looks very different… you have to be able to take advantage of the diversity of these characters.”
Differing greatly from the Marvel approach, DC have used the idea of different universes and created shows like Arrow, Gotham and Constantine that stand alone and will never be part of the movie universe but still more than hold their own.
Tsujihara also believes that audiences will not suffer from ‘superhero fatigue’ so long as they manage to keep that different look and feel alive and well.
He added that: “The big franchises are becoming more and more valuable. You don’t have to explain to the consumer what a ‘Batman v Superman’ is.”
Obviously saying that, despite the Marvel V DC rivalry that exists – more among the fans than the companies – they are confident that Dawn of Justice will more than deliver the goods.
Let the debate rage on…