The director of Shazam! , David F. Sandberg, thinks that the rivalry between Marvel and DC movies is stupid. Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics have been around for decades, with each company having the rights to multiple superhero characters that are considered iconic. Many of these characters have been adapted for successful films, television shows, and even video games, but there's always seemed to be a rivalry between Marvel and DC fans.
While there's always been a rivalry between the two comic book companies, the rivalry between DC and Marvel was really escalated once superhero movies started to become massive Hollywood blockbusters. DC and Marvel characters had been adapted prior to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, but the rivalry really became apparent once these film series started. The MCU started in 2008 with Iron Man, and the DCEU started a few years later in 2013 with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Since then, Warner Bros. has struggled to make films that were popular with both fans and critics, while Marvel has flourished with their movie universe. Given the critical failure of several DC films compared to Marvel, it's resulted in fans from each side bashing the opposite film universe, which Sandberg thinks is stupid.
Recently posting on Instagram, Sandberg shared an image of one of his favorite comic books he grew up with. The image is of a Swedish comic book featuring Superman, Spider-Man, Doctor Doom, and Parasite. Along with the image, Sandberg shares his thoughts on the DC and Marvel rivalry, calling it stupid and wondering why anyone would want a superhero movie to fail. He also mentions that he loved all superheroes as a kid, before wishing that all superhero movies could be successful. The director's full post can be seen below.
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This was one of my favorite comic books I owned as a kid. Back then I didn’t know what Marvel or DC was, I just knew that I loved all of these superheroes. The seriousness of the DC/Marvel rivalry is so god damn stupid. I hope that all superhero movies do fantastically well. Why would you ever wish for a movie to be bad or to fail? More good movies is a win for everyone. This interruption in trolling is brought to you by disappointment in humanity. Now back to our regular programming.
DC and Marvel don't usually mix their characters together, but there have been a handful of collaborations over the years. The first collaboration came in 1976, which featured a battle between Superman and Spider-Man. Other battles have places Batman against the Incredible Hulk, and in the '90s, DC and Marvel even published a four-issue comic series that pitted the entire DC comic universe against the Marvel comic universe. While this isn't likely to happen anytime soon in the film universes, the comic books provided some entertaining stories for fans of both Marvel and DC.
While the superhero genre doesn't seem to be disappearing from Hollywood anytime soon, DC has recently secured more released dates than Marvel. Despite the harsh rivalry between DC and Marvel fans, there's no denying that both the MCU and the DCEU have some highly anticipated titles coming up. Disney will be releasing Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and Spider-Man: Far From Home next year. Warner Bros. is finishing off 2018 with the release of Aquaman, and will be releasing several more movies in 2019 and 2020, including Shazam! in April 2o19. Even though the rivalry between DC and Marvel will likely continue, it's still a good time to be a comic book fan.
Source: David F. Sandberg
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019