DC & Marvel......Where's the WAR?!

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By VERISIMILITUDE - 10/20/2011
Ok... first off, let me just start by saying I am both a Marvel & DC man... I have no allegiance to either. If asked what hero would be my personal favourite, I would have to say Superman... however, the fact is I've always embraced both universes. The comics of both Stan Lee, Bob Kane, Jack Kirby, Joe Shuster, Jim Lee & the many editors & aritists who have brought our Heroes back time & time again have inspired me.

But... here's the problem. There are many people in today's society who are subconciously, in my eyes, climatised to the world of "cool". When kids today are presented with something new, whatever the genre, it has to connect with the mainstream to maintain revenue & profit... to open to a wide audience, it has to be "not geeky". With comic book movies... that's not easy. In particular, with some of the more extravigant characters... such as the fantastic four, captain marvel... &.... Green Lantern!

Now on a site such as this, you are always going to have opposing sides of both DC & Marvel... but that's not really the issue. Many people will simply say that the Marvel movies of late have simply been of a higher quality. Thor was indeed a good movie, as was Captain America. Both stuck closely to the source material, while being incredibly accessible. Ironman was that rare example of of a new hero being introduced to cinema audiences with everything in it's favour... it had a degree of realism to it, a cool lead... & the backing of a major studio.

Now let's look at Green Lantern... it had the backing, the cool lead... however... it was very fantasy driven, incredibly far fetched & let's be honest... quite easy to perceive as geeky. A man who can make racing cars constructs from his magic ring?! Oh.... that's sooooo not down with the kids!

Here's the thing though... it stuck to it's source material like glue... & if you are a fan of the comics, I beieve this movie was a total success. It was a complete comic book experience & all the better for it. It was never going to be an easy sell, infact, I applaud Martin Campbell for being so true to Green Lantern.

I hold this film in the same regard as Ironman, Captain America & Thor. Of course, to a Marvel hardcore purist, the cinema battle for supremacy is a wonderful place right now. But purists, on both sides are missing out on so much. I didn't go to the cinema to watch GL simply because I was put off by the reviews... I got sucked into believing both hype & negativity in the press before making my own mind up... something most people are guilty of in today's "idealistic, cool driven world".

The film pleasantly suprised me... the extended cut that is... it had action, it had romance, it had cosmic space opera... but more importantly, just like most recent CBM's, it had heart.

At the end of the day, it's all purely subjective of course... but for me, it's about embracing the character, no matter how silly or far fetched in the "cool kids" eyes.

Let's stop trying to impress the ingang... & just enjoy these films when we own them on DVD. Because, at the end of the day, when we own it, who the hell cares what the fanboys think or the general public?!!

Just enjoy all of it... DC & Marvel.
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BatSlam - 10/20/2011, 5:53 AM
Green lantern didn't make money because it was a bad retelling of the story, I am a huge green lantern fan and I hated the movie, and it did not stick with the source material. The movie jumped the shark in my opinion when Hal was training and decided to quit being a green lantern ( a very un Hal Jordan thing to do ). So we got another 30 minutes of no green lantern doing anything super hero like. Also Paralax was far from the source material, and they basically pulled a Galactus on him and made him a cloud with a guardian face. If you are giving the movie goers a big space epic with aliens and power rings, why would you think they couldn't except the source of the yellow fear power to be an ancient entity that looks like a scary big ass bug.

Like I said, the movie wasn't bad until hal threw a baby fit and decided to quit because Sinestro put the rookie in his place. The Comic hal Jordan would have been determined to show Sinestro how wrong he was and how great hal could be.

Green Lantern should have went the rout of Sinestro taking Hal to personal train him. It would have been a great opertunity to show the audience why Sinestro would turn his back on the corps and why he didn't like the guardians, and why he thought all of his later actions where not evil but in the good interests of the corps. Also been a great way to keep them on Oa and show more great constructs besides a dumb hot wheels plug.

Ever since Green Lantern Rebirth, all the green lantern titles have been very strong and I was very excited about this movie, the reason it didn't seem that bad to you was most likely you had such low hopes that it didn't seem that bad. It as happened to me on both ends. I have been told a movie was the best in the world and I went to see it and it didn't live up to the hype because everyone raised my expectations so high, and I have seen movies that everyone said where horrible that I didn't mind because I had to expectation for them at all.

You are talking on a site that is most likely full of nerds, who all know what it is like to not be in the "in crowd" we are all just ahead of our time, everything we liked and got ridiculed for always ends up becoming the "in" thing years later. Most people here don't judge movies thinking of what the cool kids would like, we all have movies that we like that are amazing films that are not considered "in" so don't chalk it up to us not liking a movie because we so wan't to be the popular kids again, that does seem kind of insulting. Though i know that it was not your intent.
BatSlam - 10/20/2011, 5:56 AM
i had low expectations for them at all*** ( fourth paragraph, last sentence, ha, sorry i wrote a book )
JDUKE25 - 10/20/2011, 11:21 AM
I like Marvel and DC. Period.
alucard365 - 10/20/2011, 11:59 AM
It's not DC vs MARVEL, it's more like Batman vs Marvel, and Marvel is losing.
95 - 10/20/2011, 1:02 PM
They both suck.

But I like some of their movies!

:)
marvel72 - 10/20/2011, 2:01 PM
prefer marvel,dc does make some good shit i.e some comics,video games,animation & movies.

but marvel makes better comics & movies.

@ alucard365

dream on boy,batman is overatted tosh fact.
nuck82 - 10/20/2011, 2:18 PM
theres a war in my pants, who wants to join?
BooYah - 10/20/2011, 2:19 PM
I like them both. Don't see a reason to pick a side. Sure you can like one more then the other but why on Marvel or DC? Most people on this site do it for attention.
BatSlam - 10/20/2011, 2:24 PM
because tosh is an authority on all things everything.

I love both marvel and dc, i dont know why it has to be a company thing, one or the other, why can't we support the good products that they put out and voice our disaprovement of bad products they put out.

Its like when a person chooses a political leader because of there religious belief and not on there political views, that is one of the things that drives me completely up the wall.
nuck82 - 10/20/2011, 3:24 PM
WAR!! UGH!! GOD GOR SIR!!! WHAT IS IT GET FOR..... butt sex?
95 - 10/20/2011, 5:00 PM
@BooYah

Your Comment: +1
BooYah - 10/20/2011, 5:22 PM
@3D- lol thanks bro.

I actually forgot the word *hate in between why and on.
golden123 - 10/20/2011, 7:05 PM
Wait a second, fantasy driven, incredibly far fetched, and so called "geeky" movies aren't cool? I'm not sure the billion dollar movies, that include Avatar, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribean: Deadman's Chest, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, and Alice in Wonderland, can back you up on that statement. Not to mention Star Wars: A New Hope, ET: The Extra-terrestrial, and Jaws all would have received a billion dollars if they came out today. Let's face it Thor isn't a whole lot sillier than Green Lantern, yet it did well. Green Lantern was simply a bad movie. If you disagree then that's great. I respect you for standing up for an opinion that not many share; however, just because we didn't think it was good doesn't mean were trying to impress the incrowd.

By the way, do you read GL comics? I really don't think most people would back you up on the idea that the Green Lantern movie stuck to the comics like glue.
MaddMonkk - 10/20/2011, 7:26 PM
Apocalypse now in nucks pants! I love the smell of nair in the morning

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