The world has seen many heroes – people with superhuman abilities, mutants, mystical figures, and ordinary humans with an extraordinary willpower – during its history. Back in the ancient times, these heroes were the children of the gods, living among us in a human form (think Hercules, for example). Today, in turn, the place of demigods was taken by superheroes, and epics were replaced by (comic) books. Today we have two major publishers ruling the comic book world: DC Comics and Marvel. They both have their own set of heroes (often similar to one another), and they both have iconic figures “fighting” for supremacy in print – or on the big screen. In the case of the latter, Marvel seems to be winning at this point. Does this settle the epic rivalry between the two universes?
DC Comics has two of the best-known superheroes on its team: Superman and Batman.
Superman, the modern incarnation of Nietzsche’s Ubermensch, is the archetype of the modern superhero: he is incredibly strong, he can fly, he can shoot lasers from his eyes, and he only has one weakness – kryptonite. Batman, in turn, is an ordinary human with an extraordinary darkness inside him. He relies on technology and psychology to defeat villains of all kinds. These two have been the subject not only of tons of comic books but several TV shows and feature films, along with countless video games, including some casual titles. Batman, for example, was the protagonist of a couple of highly successful slot machines at the Euro Palace. Both games, based on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, were highly popular at the Euro Palace. One of them, The Dark Knight, even had one of the most generous Euro Palace jackpots attached to it. Unfortunately, both games were withdrawn from the casino due to the expiration of the license agreement covering them.
None of Marvel’s superheroes were as famous outside America than the two flagships at DC – perhaps because the publisher didn’t focus as much on movies and TV than its competitor. While Superman and Batman returned repeatedly to both the big and small screens in live-action adventures, Marvel stuck mostly with animated features and series – until recently, that is. The recent developments, though, inclined the balance in Marvel’s favor.
The most recent movies – let the numbers $peak
Financially speaking, the DC or MARVEL Debate is already settled. When it comes to movie revenues, Marvel’s heroes are clearly winning: three of the top 10 grossing movies in history are Marvel’s: The Avengers (circa $1.52 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion), and Iron Man 3 ($1.21 billion). The most successful Batman movie ever, The Dark Knight Rises, has generated revenues of about $1.08 billion only (!), which makes it a clear loser of the big screen rivalry. And the latest DC movies released are far less profitable than expected.
Marvel is winning at this time, but the war is far from being over. We have only seen the first few films in the rebooted DC cinematic universe – a lot can still change in the future…