The rivalry between Marvel and DC rages on. While Marvel is expanding its Cinematic Universe with an epic lineup ahead, Zack Snyder has launched a DC Cinematic Universe with Man of Steel, which will continue to expand in his upcoming film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and its sequels. Now Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has fired some shots during a telecom conference (via Variety); here's what he said:
“The worlds of DC are very different. They’re steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel’s movies.”
You can say that his statement rings true with Christopher Nolan's Batman films, but Marvel has been releasing some edgier films recently. Films like Captain America: Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron are dark and gritty. Most DC films have an edgier, more serious tone than most Marvel films, but he's probably not considering The Green Lantern to be one of the edgier films. I think the studio is trying to stray away from the more comic-bookish tone. They even made Aqua Man –known for being an easy target for ridicule– look more badass than ever. Tsujihara also said:
“The key thing is that the movies and the television shows and the games, everything looks very different …you have to be able to take advantage of the diversity of these characters."
With shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham, it's clear that Warner Bros. is embracing those differences on television. It would be interesting to see how they're going to approach the films when they keep expanding their own Cinematic Universe.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25, 2016.