It began in 2005. We saw the man turn into the bat. DC has surprised us all with a great take on Mr. Wayne and his vigilante alter ego, or is it the other way around?
A year later he returned the last son of krypton but in a less than spectacular fashion. Then the X-men took their Last Stand and we all thought, "Really?"
A year later an alien symbiote came to earth and gave us an awful piece of garbage.
Then an Initiative was started in 2008. Along with a chaotic man with scars on his face. Also a man with a skull on his shirt came back for punishment.
A year later we saw the origins of the man named Logan and we said, "You can do better!"
2010 gave us a sexy Russian assassin and nothing else worth remembering.
It was the summer of 2011 an a ring was about to be given to a man named Hal Jordan. We were also treated to the beginning of a rivalry. A god was dethroned. And a soldier was given an experimental injection.
Oh and demonic stuntman came back and that was just weird.
Anybody who was anybody was excited for one thing in June 2011, Green Lantern. At first we didn't think they could pull it off, then at comic-con the year before we were treated to some amazing footage. But then at the premiere we were to treated to incredibly cheesy footage. I swear when the credits rolled Velveeta was coming out of the screen. Anyways, there were 3 redeeming qualities . Ryan Reynolds trying his best to overcome an incredibly bad script and the after credit sequence that showed that Sinestro isn't going to be a good guy for too much longer. The other redeeming quality was the environments in space. Oa for the most part. It looked spectacular. But 3 good thing out of a movie that had many abysmal things isn't enough and DC and Warner Bros learned that the hard way.
Now Marvel has just announced one of their future movies and it was a surprise. Guardians of the Galaxy. Another ensemble picture but this one is in space. Now Marvel has 2 challenges to overcome one of which they only partially overcame in The Avengers.
The first is giving their characters deserved screen time. Hawkeye was in The Avengers for 12 minutes seriously the guy only 12 minutes of screen time. I loved all 12 of those minutes but it wasn't enough I wanted to see Mr. Renner kick as much butt as possible.This is the same hero the general public who aren't comic book readers knew nothing about and by the end of the movie still knew nothing about. This begs the question why is he in it at all?
The second challenge is one DC and Warner Bros did incredibly well at, a space environment. It's hard to create something out of nothing and i hope Marvel can pull it off. We have some intel we would lead us to believe they can ( see Asgard in Thor).
Now I know Christopher Nolan's Bat Trilogy is mostly universally renowned for being great (because it is). But other than that DC isn't giving their heroes due respect in the cinemas. I pray to god Zack Snyder gives us a great Man of Steel and not throw us a Sucker Punch.
I think Marvel is going to keep giving DC a run for the money in the big screen department. If only their comics could say the same