Something we saw back at the release of Batman V Superman and now with Suicide Squad is a common thread among “critics” who bitch and moan that DC isn’t more like Marvel. This just makes these critics look like clueless idiots who never picked up a comic book in their lives. Wishing that DC was more like Marvel would basically turn DC into Marvel, and the fans of the two comic styles are fans of them because they are different.
I’ve been reading comics for more than thirty years (in some cases before some of these critics were even born), and over that time I’ve read a lot of Marvel, a lot of DC, and a lot of other publishers. And anyone remotely familiar with DC and Marvel knows that they are both very different, with different tones, and different styles of stories. Tribal fanboyism has sent DC fans on a crusade against movie critics, but in this case the comic readers definitely have a point to make.
Marvel comics are traditionally have a much lighter tone than DC, with their stories set in real-world locations such as New York City. Marvel’s heroes are typically normal people trying to cope with being given super powers. Their comics also try to meld popular pop culture into their stories to show that these comics are set in the same world as the readers.
While DC can have levity, their tone is traditionally a little more serious than Marvel. DC’s heroes are treated like the Greek Pantheon where they’re “gods” who are trying to be human (with the exception of Batman, of course). The DC adventures are set in fictional cities such as Metropolis, Gotham, Coast City, Central City, National City, etc.
The differences between the two have already been translated to the big screen, and due to eight years of Marvel releases film critics seem to expect every superhero movie to be just like Marvel movies. But that line of thinking is absolutely stupid and shows that they’re just trying to torpedo an entire genre. Complaining that a DC movie isn’t a laugh-fest like a Marvel movie is like complaining that Schindler’s List isn’t an uplifting family tale like E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.
DC Comics readers are finally seeing the DC Universe being faithfully translated to the big screen in the same way Marvel Studios has been faithfully adapting their comics. The side effect of this is that film critics, unfamiliar with the fact that DC and Marvel are two entirely different companies, have decided to target their favorite heroes in their attempt to make their “Superhero Fatigue” delusion a reality.