Over at We Got This Covered, some of the writing staff and I have launched a new column called The Big Debate. A few times a month, we’ll pick a hot topic in the world of movie and TV news and, well, debate about it!
Today we launched our inaugural debate: Marvel’s Film/TV Cohesion Vs. DC’s Separate Strategy.
For those unfamiliar, both Marvel and DC have launched cinematic universes around their comic book characters. Marvel’s a bit ahead of the game with ten films under their belt, but DC hit the ground running with last year’s Man of Steel, and will take things to the next level in 2016 with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. From there, they’ll move on to the nine untitled DC projects slated for release between 2016 and 2020, which includes Justice League.
But those aren’t the only comic book adaptations from the two studios. Marvel has the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, which will soon be joined by Agent Carter in the winter; and then there are the four upcoming Netflix series that will begin arriving in 2015: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.
DC may be a bit behind on the film side of things, but are ahead of Marvel on the TV front. Arrow is now going into its third season on the CW, and has recently given way to a Flash spin-off that premieres in October. Then there’s Gotham coming to FOX, and Constantine headed to NBC. The difference with DC’s properties are that they’re not at all connected to the films, whereas all of Marvel’s properties exist within the same shared cinematic universe.
The question we gave our writers for the Big Debate this week was this:
As Marvel continues to forge ahead with a unified approach to its TV and film projects, DC has revealed its intention to move its own range of TV comic book adaptations forward separately from its current series of films. At a time when comic book/superhero movies and TV shows dominate the media landscape, the impact of these respective plans can be felt by audiences everywhere – but, in the final analysis, which approach will yield the better results?
So, which studio has the better game plan? Should they integrate their shows and films, or keep them separate? Read our arguments here, and make sure to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments!