Strip Talk #30: Marvel winning war; let me tell you why

It should be obvi­ous by now that we love comics here at Gam­ing Insur­rec­tion. Very obvi­ous. I have been a comic book fan — no mat­ter the com­pany — for a long time. I was doing read­ing, writ­ing and arith­metic and perus­ing comic books well before there was a Mar­vel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse or a DC Uni­verse. But let me be the first to tell you: I love Mar­vel a lot more than DC, and a lot of that can be gleaned from cur­rent happenings.

Bor­ing film writ­ing: There are house­hold names there: Joker, Bat­man, Super­man, Won­der Woman, The Flash. Why is it that none of the DC ensem­ble movies or ver­sus movies can get off the ground? They have the more well-known super­heroes. Their sta­ble is full of inter­est­ing sto­ries. But none of this can trans­late to film it seems. The most inter­est­ing film in the past 15 years involved Super­man “dying” and then res­ur­rect­ing to fight the Jus­tice League. Insert sigh here.

Incon­sis­tency: Bat­man and Super­man have been done to death. There have been too many actors putting on the cape and cowl for both char­ac­ters, and it’s a dis­trac­tion. I loved Michael Keaton as the bat; my love has been well doc­u­mented here, and yet, we have another name pop­ping up for the role in the film world. I counted five for Bat­man alone — Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Bale and Affleck. You know who played Iron Man? Robert Downey Jr. for all solo char­ac­ter films and all ensem­ble films. You know what that tells me? No con­sis­tency is to be had, and it shows in the uneven product.

Retreads: Mar­vel is guilty of this, too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m plenty tired of Spider-Man and his mil­lions of dif­fer­ent ori­gin story retreads every time they change the actor; also, I’m not a Spider-Man fan. But this is get­ting ridicu­lous with DC and its “Sny­der Cut Pol­icy.” Stop remak­ing movies every time you feel one that you com­mis­sioned and spent a lot of time on some­how mag­i­cally fails at the box office. If they reboot any Bat­man or Super­man, Sui­cide Squad, Jus­tice League or Teen Titans prop­erty one more time, we riot. And, let me state for the record: Allow­ing the Sny­der Cut sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dence that we need not allow. What will be the next movie released that gets the “director’s cut” treat­ment that should have been the orig­i­nal ver­sion to start with?

DC is floun­der­ing but the sit­u­a­tion can be turned around. The love for DC char­ac­ters is abun­dant, and they do have sav­ing graces in their ani­mated and tele­vi­sion prop­er­ties. DC’s tele­vi­sion game has always been excel­lent and strong in terms of cohe­sive sto­ry­telling and rich expe­ri­ences. In fact, Mar­vel has tra­di­tion­ally strug­gled in that area and is just now enter­ing that arena. But DC needs to step it up in the film mar­ket­place; there is enough for every­one to get a bag and come out like rob­ber barons in the super­hero movie game. I really need DC to get it together over on their side and give me some­thing to take my atten­tion away from the MCU. Because as a fan, when every­one does well, I win.

Lyn­d­sey Beatty is editor-in-chief of Gam­ing Insur­rec­tion. She can be reached by email at lyn­d­seyh [at] gaminginsurrection.com

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