The rivalry between fans of DC Comics and Marvel Comics is almost as legendary as the two publishing houses themselves, and has carried over into the movie sphere with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.' respective comic book movie universes. Things have been particularly tense over the last year, as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to largely negative reviews and fans furiously debated the merits of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe.
The fandom rivalry flared up once again at the world premiere of Suicide Squad this week when a fan in the audience yelled "F*** Marvel!" and director David Ayer echoed the battle cry. Ayer apologized soon afterwards on Twitter, saying it was disrespectful to his fellow filmmakers, but the incident nonetheless triggered a minor backlash among Marvel fans, while a handful of DC fans stoked the fires further by cheering on Ayer's remark. There were also a lot of people in the middle who were exasperated by the latest battle in the ongoing flame war.
Though it's pretty clear that Ayer was joking and most likely just got caught up in the moment, comic book fandom isn't quite yet at a place where a DC director can make a dig at Marvel (or vice versa) without a bit of dust getting kicked up. Fortunately, Marvel Entertainment CCO Joe Quesada has stepped in to express solidarity with Ayer, telling Marvel fans to "cut [him] a break" and adding that he is looking forward to watching Suicide Squad.
Hey Marvel faithful I know you’re upset but cut @DavidAyerMovies a break, it was all in good fun. Can’t wait to see SS, best of luck David!
— JoeQuesada (@JoeQuesada) August 2, 2016
The tweet is a very cool move on Quesada's part, and going forward it would be nice to see figureheads from both houses exchange more friendly gestures like this one, in order to set an example for the more combative Marvel and DC fans. After all, Warner Bros. and Marvel both stand to benefit from each other's successes, since every comic book movie that's a hit is good for the genre as a whole.
Hopefully Quesada's response should help put an end to the controversy... at least until Scott Derrickson yells "F*** DC!" at the Doctor Strange premiere in November.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.
Source: Joe Quesada (via Latino Review)