Samuel L. Jackson opened up recently regarding his thoughts on the Marvel vs. DC Comics Movie War.
Jackson plays Nick Fury in the Avengers Initiative films, so he may be coming from a biased standpoint, but the box office seems to back up what he’s saying when he credits his employer for making better movies.
“The Marvel Universe is huge. There’s thousands of characters that they can access and use and do stuff with. I’m not surprised by that. It’s been that way since we started reading comic books. Most of us that understand the comic book world know you can crossbreed and do all kinds of stuff… I think Marvel has figured out a way to make those movies accessible to the public that DC hasn’t. I don’t know what that is. I don’t why you can’t get Batman and Superman together and have people as juiced up to be a part of that.”
While Jackson isn’t exactly right to imply that DC’s problem is that it has a shortage of characters, he was right in diagnosing that there was a problem to begin with.
In spite of the enormous superhero movie boom that society is still in the middle of — started by Marvel, by the way — DC has only managed to successfully bring its two mainstream heroes — Superman and Batman — to the big screen with strong secondary characters like Green Lantern dying on the vine in one-off films of their own.
That being said, DC does seem to be getting its stuff together in its television arm, with The Flash and Arrow offering a glimpse of the company’s full potential.
Nevertheless, a disappointing third installment of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy along with two lackluster Superman films has left fans scratching their heads.
While the Supes and Bats films have made money, they’ve also been subject to a lot of negative fan reaction, especially as far as Superman Returns and Man of Steel are concerned.
DC could be in the position to change that with the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but with the same creative talent from MoS fueling it, many aren’t holding their breath.
But what do you think, readers? Is Samuel L. Jackson right to say that Marvel’s got it going on and DC doesn’t? Sound off in the comments section.