Ever since I was a kid I loved my Superheroes, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk. Especially the last was great with the naration of Stan Lee himself. I saw my firts Superman film in the 1980's.. like Howard the Duck ( never knew that it was a Marvel adaption).
But most of the time I wachted the cartoons, basically that was all there was. Marvel never brought a live action film to the big screen in those days, and DC had the Superman series and of course Supergirl. In the late 80's DC brought Batman to the big screen, starring Micheal Keaton with Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns. Dc kept building on that franchise, but never expanded its univers and stayed with the same characters.
Marvel, on the other hand, did nothing until 1994 when they brought The Fantastic Four to the big screen, besides the Howard the Duck film from 1986, since than they are on a role! The X-Men Trilogy, The Hulk, Dare Devil, Electra, The Blade Trilogy, The Punsher and of course the Spider-Man films, these were all made by other studios. It wasn't until Iron Man that Marvel themselfs started to produce films.
Since the Fantastic Four Marvel dominated over DC, in case of the lIve Action Movies. With The Iron Man series Marvel set about to embark on a great plan, which is is set out in three phases. But what happened to DC? They do have a whole lot of characters of which they could make some great films, like Wonder Woman, which has a huge fan base. Somehow at DC they are stuck on their to main characters, Superman and Batman.
The Wachtmen film was a "small" succes for DC(Mojo boxoffice $185,258,983, world wide) based on the comics which came out in 1986 - 1987 and were collect in a graphic novel in 1988.Latert DC tried it again with The Green Latern, Which I thought was ok. It didn't have that Dark Knight Nolan thing happening, but still could have been a start to something better. Why it didn't I don't know. Maybe it was because Ryan Renolds played Marvel's Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine or that his name was linked as the next Batman.
They didn't move forward with a Jutice League movie, I mean they have Batman, Superman and Green Latern already out there as Marvel did with the Avengers The next Man Of Steel install will feature Batman too So they ae starting to make the the crossover, but again, it's just these two characters on which the focus. This is where DC looses the battle. If they were to set up films which are part of a greater scheme, all they have to do is to look at how Marvel is going by it, maybe they could get some inspiration on how to go about such a grand plan.
Marvel has that road all mapped out untill 2021, according to the latest news. If you look at what they have in store for us. ( 2013 Thor: The Dark World - 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy - 2015 Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man and for 2016 and 2017 Unrevealed Marvel Studios films) These are just the film they release as Marvel Studio Films. Now if we look at the DC roster, there's only the next Man of Steel/ Batman film set for 2015.
So what is DC waiting for? Do they think that no other character is whorty? To small of a fan base? Or is their animated series of the various characters more important than live action films? I, for one, would like to see a second Green Latern movie or a live action adaption of Wonder Women or Jutice League, for that matter.
But than again, regarding live action films Marvel has the upper hand and has started it's Phase Two with the third Iron Man installment and is steamrolling towards it's Phase Three. As to Marvel vs DC, well there is no VS, Marvel just dominates, but even thought that being the "fact", I do hope DC will go about making movies on some of their other characters, and I am looking forward to see the Man of Stell Batman crossover, for Man of Steel was one of the best movies I saw this summer.