DC and Marvel Comics have been having their books adapted to film for decades, but recently it seems as if they’ve really hit their stride. Even though Marvel has several formidable and popular properties, DC is currently holding the comic film crown due to the massive success of last year’s The Dark Knight. Ever since DC teamed up with Warner Bros back in 1969, they’ve put out one epic film after another. According to THR, these next few years will be no different with several hot DC properties set to hit the big screen between 2010 and 2012.
Some of the projects on the front burner for the company include The Losers, Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, and even a TV series for the Fox Network entitled, Human Target. According to DC Comics president Paul Levitz, “”One of the things that has differentiated us for most of the last 20 years is the depth of our library and the depth of the creative material that we’ve put out and the opportunities that creates for other media.” He argues that DC and Marvel approach their films in a totally different way. For one instance, Marvel films are typically produced and distributed by various studios such as X-Men at 20th Century Fox, Spiderman at Sony, and Iron Man with Paramount.
As a means to keep their film adaptations as close as possible to the comics, Warners hired three of the biggest comic writers in the DC Universe. Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman were brought on to act as film consultants, to make sure everything produced is as close to it’s source material as possible.
As a fan of both Marvel and DC, I can honestly say I think DC handles their properties a lot better when it comes to filmmaking. I love the idea that they mostly work with one specific studio, and they seem to put more effort into their productions. Even though some of my favorite characters are Marvel, such as Gambit from X-Men, I feel like certain studios don’t put it enough work to make sure the films can reach their fullest potential (*cough* Fox).
Who do you think put’s out the better films, Marvel or DC Comics?