For fans of comic book superheroes, this is truly an exciting year. For the first time, it appears that the rivalry between DC and Marvel comics is heating up on the big screen.
Headed for the big screen on the marvel side is Deadpool, Gambit, Doctor Strange, X-Men Apocalypse as well as the much-anticipated Captain America: Civil War. Introducing the DC movie universe will be Suicide Squad as well as the long awaited Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
As some people may have surmised from the name of column, The Caped Cearnsader, I am one of those superhero fans. I wouldn’t go as far as to say fanatic. I am not a regular at the comic book stores nor do I have a collection. But I do enjoy the animated and live action adventures of the heroes. I would say that to an outsider, I may sound like an expert but there are fans out there likely to know more on the subject than I.
I can tie my interest in these characters to times watching Saturday morning cartoons with my father. I grew up with shows such as Spiderman, Batman Beyond and Justice League.
Nowadays, it appears that there is also a thirst for live action versions of these heroes on the small screen, with networks being populated by shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Agents of Shield and Gotham. Netflix also has Jessica Jones and Daredevil on their roster.
It is interesting how things change. Everything that was once referred to as ‘geeky’ is now popular. This is proven with the popularity of shows such as The Big Bang Theory. Thanks to the trend, suddenly it appears ‘popular’ to be a fan of comic book superheroes and villains.
It seems that Marvel has created this popular culture by smartly casting actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd, and Scarlett Johansson among others and putting them in hero roles.
Now fans will have a chance to quench their thirst of superhero versus superhero battles as Civil War will see the marvel cinematic universe divided. As well DC has given fans the battle everyone has been waiting for, “Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham,” as Jesse Eisenberg said in one of the Dawn of Justice trailers.
Steven Spielberg said that the superhero trend will one day “go the way of the western”, but from what I have seen that will likely not happen for some time. For now, I welcome everyone to the era of the comic book ‘geek.’
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