From comic books to the big screen, the age-old war of DC vís Marvel rages on, or does it?
The DC gang have been on our screens for a while now, with oldies like Batman: The Movie from way back in 1966 starting Adam West as the caped crusader.
But if you want to throw some dates about boasting who has the longest TV time between the two hero houses, then our winner is Captain American from way back in 1944.
Although, if you open the discussion up to include all superhero movies then, Zorro is the king who first made his appearance in 1920 with ďThe Mark of ZorroĒ, thatís right 1920!!!
Once we reach the 70ís we are introduced to Superman starting the absolute legends, Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, and of course Marlon Brando, still one of my favourite films ever and, although the Superman franchise continues to delivery up until Superman III, for me thatís about as good as it gets until Batman in 1989.
In my opinion still one of the best, but what was to follow Michael Keaton was tragic and I refuse to offend my fingers by writing about them, sorry Val, sorry George. Donít get me wrong, there is no doubt in my mind that Bats is by a clear Gotham mile still, one of the coolest and badass superheroes ever, letís move on.
When I heard that Henry Cavill had been cast as Superman in the 2013 film ďMan of SteelĒ, a little bit of wee came out, I was so excited; at last, another Superman movie that has potential to be amazing, unlike Superman Returns, sorry Brandon but it was 2h 49m of dental surgery #painful.
I remember rocking up to the cinema with my wife and feeling that sickening feeling about halfway through, surely it couldnít be true, I gripped my wifeís hand felt tears welling up in my eyes, then all of a sudden, it hits me, this film is terrible!
Another 3 years slip by and still, my faith in DC is yet to be restored, that is until the announcement of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice #OHMYDAYS another bit of wee comes out. I spend the next few months, giddy with excitement, yet scared also, like a teenage virgin on prom night.
Surely, the DC gang are going to restore my faith?!
Actually, away from the big screen, DC is smashing it with Arrow and The Flash, both of which have been superb all the way through., sorry I digress.
Knees trembling and hands shaking I buy the tickets for Batman v Superman, take a seat with my wife and spend the next 3h 3m crying; this film is so bad, I have no words. I can hear some of you saying WTF is wrong with this guy, but dig deep, search your feelings (oops, sorry wrong franchise), you know this is true, DC is far from smashing it, rather crashing it.
Iíve since seen all the DC movies and none of them have managed to deliver. The only saving grace is I here the new Flash movie will change things up a little.
Right, thatís the DC ranting over, let talk about Marvel Ė These crazy mofos seem to be on fire! The first phase of movies all did well to deliver everything that DC failed to, action, comedy, suspense, the whole 9 yards. Donít get me wrong they are not perfect and there are exceptions to the above statement which for me include:
- The Hulk films – This was nothing but tragic ZZZZZZZzzzzz
- Iron Man 3 – WTF was this?
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Both are about exciting as geometry in high school
- Spider-man – Home Coming – No thanks!
- Thor: Ragnarok – I just didnít get this at all, Iíd rather have been poked in the eye, TWICE!
Apart from that, everything else has been spot on and the Marvel universe just feels a little bit more thought out and tucked in. On each visit, Iíve left the cinema, or my couch feeling happy, entertained and looking forward to the next adventure.
Right, now itís time to discuss the big bomb, Avengers† – Infinity War; firstly, if you havenít seen this film then you should be ashamed of yourself (Tim, thatís you mate), secondly, you are likely to notice the number of friends you have on Facebook is in a nose dive to zero as you fail to comment on all the latest chatter regarding this COLOSSAL MOVIE!
Honestly, if you havenít seen this film, donít read onÖ.
For the whole 2h 40m I was glued to the screen, this movie it is a cinematic masterpiece and I even enjoyed the GOTG crew, but what we really need to chat about is the ending.
My wife the poor cow, had tears and I momentarily lost the ability to speak, rather just gurgle as my brain attempted to process what we were witnessing; it was powerful.
So, with many the anti Thanos crew dissolved into wallpaper paste, how can this have a happy ending? Do the bad guys really win the war? There are so many questions that demand an answer!
The end of this movie left me feeling emotionally drained and without hope, although, letís be honest, while a little sad, nobody really gives a toss about Bucky Barnes, apart from the Cap.
What will happen in Avenger 4 after Thanos fisted everyone with his shiny new glove? How can the good guys turn this around and save the universe? Just more questions keep coming and if you click around the interweb, youíll stumble across multiple theories as to how this plays out. To Marvels credit, this is how you build suspense!
Well, to know the truth, you have until April 2019 to find out. I cannot wait!
Iím sorry DC but Marvel are way out in front when it comes to super hero movies, and I know you diehard DC fans will disagree, but these are the facts in my house. Maybe we could ask Thanos to click his fingers and be rid of the DC movies and start again?