Why Are DC Movies Worse Than Marvel?
Superhero movies have become a huge part of pop culture over the last few years, and both DC and Marvel have been churning out blockbuster hits. But while Marvel seems to be getting it right time and again, DC is struggling to keep up.
Why are DC movies worse than Marvel? Let’s take a closer look.
1. Rushed Universe Building
One of the biggest problems with DC movies is their rushed attempts at universe building. Marvel took its time introducing each character in standalone movies before bringing them together in The Avengers. This gave audiences time to get to know each character and become invested in their stories before the big team-up.
DC, on the other hand, tried to jump straight into universe building with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While it was exciting to see two iconic superheroes on screen together, the movie felt rushed and overstuffed with too many plotlines.
2. Lack of Humor
Marvel movies are known for their humor – even in the most serious situations, there’s always a quip or one-liner to lighten the mood. DC movies, on the other hand, tend to take themselves way too seriously.
While there’s nothing wrong with a darker tone, it’s important not to forget that these are still superhero movies meant to entertain audiences. Too much darkness can become overwhelming and make it hard for viewers to connect with the characters.
3. Weak Villains
A hero is only as good as their villain, and unfortunately for DC, they haven’t been able to create compelling villains for their heroes to fight against. Characters like Steppenwolf from Justice League or Enchantress from Suicide Squad were forgettable at best and cringeworthy at worst.
Marvel has had its fair share of weak villains too (looking at you, Malekith from Thor: The Dark World), but they’ve also given us memorable baddies like Loki and Thanos.
4. Lack of Direction
Marvel has a clear roadmap for its movies – everything is building towards a bigger story, and each movie fits into that puzzle in some way. DC, on the other hand, seems to be making it up as they go along.
After the lukewarm reception to Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, DC seemed to be course-correcting with Wonder Woman and Aquaman. But then they released Justice League, which felt like a step back in terms of quality.
5. Not Trusting Directors
Finally, one of the biggest issues with DC movies is their tendency to interfere with their directors’ visions. Zack Snyder’s vision for Justice League was drastically altered by studio interference, resulting in a disjointed mess of a movie.
Marvel has had its own issues with directors (see: Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man), but they’ve generally been more trusting of their filmmakers and allowed them to bring their own unique perspectives to the table.
In conclusion, there are many reasons why DC movies have been struggling compared to Marvel. Rushed universe building, lack of humor, weak villains, lack of direction, and not trusting directors have all contributed to the problem. Hopefully DC can learn from their mistakes and start producing movies that are just as entertaining as Marvel’s offerings.