Why Stan Lee Wants To Join The DC Extended Universe

Over the weekend, Stan Lee offered a rebuttal to David Ayer’s four letter attack on Marvel last month. But just like the filmmaker, the comic book icon was quick to apologize for his dissent, proving that relations between the two rival studios has never been more amicable.

But before Stan Lee made his light-hearted jab at the DC Extended Universe, he also offered his services to them, too. That’s right, Stan Lee wants to extend his Marvel cameos to the DC universe.

According to Comic Book, via Monkeys Fighting Robots, Lee dropped a comics-busting bombshell at the Fan Expo 2016 over the weekend.

“I want to do more cameos also, I’ve even let people know it doesn’t have to be a Marvel movie, I don’t know why DC hasn’t called me. They could use me!”

Thems sound like fighting words, especially since the crowd erupted with laughter, clapping and what not as soon as he uttered them. But rather than keeping up with the rivalry, Lee instantly played down his comments and in fact apologized for them as he left the event.

Stan Lee made these remarks after what’s been a rather topsy turvy summer for the DC Cinematic Universe. Both Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad were released to tepid reviews, amassing just 27 percent and 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively, even though they have so far scored a combined box office total of just under $1.6 billion.

Meanwhile, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War was met with stunning reviews, as it scored 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, plus it grossed $1.153 billion at the box office, too.

Lee’s comments come just a few weeks after David Ayer yelled, “F*** Marvel,” at the premiere of Suicide Squad, something that the director also instantly apologized for on Twitter just a few hours after he’d made it.

This actually led Stan Lee to respond to David Ayer’s remarks. But rather than aiming back with his own dose of vitriol, Lee quashed the rivalry.

David Ayer was clearly relieved to hear Stan Lee dismiss his remarks about Marvel, too. As once he’d been forgiven by the comic-book writer, Ayer took the time to respond to Lee with:

But while Stan Lee and David Ayer have become bosom-buddies again following their ever-so-brief spat, one man whose comments about Marvel were a little too barbed was DC director Zack Snyder.

Snyder, who oversaw Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, took a pretty big shot at Marvel last September while talking to The Wrap, insisting that, because of its two titular superheroes, Dawn Of Justice is more than a superhero movie.

“It goes to the mythological nature of the movies that we’re making,” Snyder explained. “I feel like he’s right. But I feel like Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”

[Image via Marvel Studios]

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