It’s a classic battle: Marvel or DC? And this is the ultimate test. Both of these comic book giants have released movies that seem to follow similar plotlines. The last couple months have seen both Captain America Civil War and Batman V Superman brought to the public. But who did it better?
Please note that there are spoilers for both movies in this post, so if you haven’t seen one or the other, you probably shouldn’t continue reading.
Some of my thoughts might not actually be too much of a surprise given that I reviewed Batman V Superman a little while ago, and my assessment was not incredibly favourable. Despite this, I still feel this topic warrants some discussion. I find it interesting that these two movies came out around the same time. Was one company trying to beat the other to this plotline?
Superheroes battling each other. It’s a novel concept, and certainly an interesting one, but you need to be creative to turn the good guys into enemies. Batman V Superman arguably had the more reasonable starting point for this plot. Batman and Superman are two very different superheroes – one a dark and broody vigilante with no superpowers and one a light alien who can fly. They were in some ways on different sides to begin with, though they did both have the same goal of getting rid of the bad guys. Captain America and Iron Man started on the same team. They had the same values, goals, and plans. Turning them around to face off against each other took a bit more work.
And it was also more well done. During the course of Captain America Civil War, I was emotionally torn between the two sides that formed, possibly because they were a team in the beginning. Batman and Superman really had no shared history, aside from what was shown to us during the movie. As a result, the two of them facing off had way less emotional impact for the viewer.
In addition to this, the way the stories resolved were very different. Batman and Superman bonded over the name of both of their mothers (Martha) which was the most ridiculous common ground I can think of, while the Avengers didn’t even make up. In each of these cases, it seems far more likely that resolution would take a little bit of time to come to fruition. I understand that Batman and Superman had an immediate threat they needed to deal with, but this was only after the bonding Martha moment. That battle is not what got them on the same page.
So what is the answer to who did it better? The winner is Marvel, obviously. They can do no wrong.
What did you think about these two movies? Are you all about Captain America Civil War or Batman V Superman? Marvel or DC? Let us know in the comments!