It’s a tale as old as time: DC versus Marvel. And, 2016 isn’t any different, as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is around the corner, with Captain America: Civil War coming out a month and a half later. The superhero entertainment market is already shining in 2016, with Deadpool breaking records for an R rated movie and plenty of other superhero movies to come later in the year. With so many superhero flicks on the horizon in 2016, it’s no doubt that both companies are going to have a big year.
But who’s going to have the bigger year? If you look at the past box office battles between DC and Marvel, there’s no denying that both are heavy hitters. However, you might be surprised at who has been victorious. In 2012, we saw two of the best superhero movies of all-time, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. And with Batman being among the top three most popular superheroes, and The Avengers not even breaking the top 5, you’d think that TDKR reigning king in ticket sales would be a no-brainer. However, that’s not the case, as The Avengers brought in $1.52 billion globally, while TDKR only brought in $1.08 billion.
Comic book movie fans tend to like Marvel’s movie quality better, but we have to wonder if the power of Batman and Superman on film together will be enough to win the year. The early fan reactions that have begun to appear online are mostly promising, with fans saying that the upcoming movie is exciting from start to finish.
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And then there’s Captain America: Civil War, which is essentially an Avengers movie, albeit not by name. The excitement surrounding the upcoming Marvel film is possibly even bigger than Batman v Superman, with a lot of that having to do with the appearance of the new Spider-Man (which basically broke the internet last week).
The cast of both films also have a lot to do with their potential success. With Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and the rest of the Avengers already proving themselves as quality superheroes, we still have yet to see Ben Affleck as Batman on film (the casting of which many people disagree with).
There’s really no telling who will win 2016, with DC and Marvel both bringing A-tier franchises to the big screen. But if the past is anything to go by, it’s more likely that Civil War will fare better.
Which are you more looking forward to, Batman v Superman or Civil War? Sound off in the comments below.