Why wasn't Batman in Avengers 1

War of the Houses Marvel and Detective Comics

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In addition to this contemporary fight for the right attitude when dealing with superpowers and weaknesses, war will break out between the publishing houses Marvel and Detective Comics (DC) in this cinema year. The two have managed to remain the biggest players in the world of comics since the 1940s. Who is more potent is argued for just as long. In 2016, both of them open up more heavy artillery by offering even more plot points for aggressive franchise expansions.

For a long time, DC had the greatest onscreen presence, especially after the success of Superman Late 1970s and the Batman-Films of the 1980s and 1990s. Marvel had only released four live-action films by 2000 and sold the film rights to many of its characters. But since Iron man (2008) the company grossed more than nine billion dollars and overtook its rival in popularity with a direct course for a cataclystical event in the year after next, namely the two-parter The Avengers: Infinity War. DC's answer to that? Superman and Batman together in a supercharged superhero movie that sees Henry Cavill return as Superman and reintroduce Ben Affleck as Batman. And did you already mention that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is part of the party? So instead of a sequel too Man of Steel Turning is a stepping stone for a grown-up Justice League-Film created, DC's answer to the Avengers, even if the League of Comics was there first historically.

Parallel universes to infinity

In this confrontation scuffle, it is unlikely that Batman will ever - at least on screen - take on Captain America. "If DC would team up with Marvel, we would probably have reached the end of the superhero era. That would seem like a final act of desperation," says film historian Kuntz. Because the two publishers are still too focused on their own profit.

It's going great too. Because the universe of comic book heroes has always been terribly big and loud and redundant in its characters, there have been a lot of changes at Marvel, for example, in the past two years: Ant-Man was a welcome change from the films in which particularly large objects like to fall from the sky. Guardians of the Galaxy was an almost mischievous space soap opera, and Deadpool (the rights belong to Fox) gave us a snotty, metatextual antihero.

What's next? "We'll see more of the superhero's deconstruction," says Jonathan Kuntz. "The studios would be fools if they didn't buy every single comic book out there. They want to keep their comics business going because it's a really cheap way to get great ideas for movies." So when a Steven Spielberg predicts the end of the superhero genre, a few people nod their heads, but anyone who thinks we have reached its zenith only needs to go to a comic book store to learn better. DC and Marvel are still producing thousands of characters - the potential raw materials for billion dollar films.

DC will be next year Wonder Woman in theaters and with Marvel just a year later Captain Marvel the first female lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For example. In addition, entire series of comics run in the DC cosmos under the name Elseworlds, because they take place in a different time or on another earth. These include, for example Castle of the Bat, in which Bruce Wayne appears as a Frankenstein blend, or one Batman & DraculaTrilogy in which the bat man mutates into a vampire. Or what if Superman landed in Russia instead of Kansas and became a communist? Already done in Red Son by Mark Millar.

“When I was a kid,” recalls Jonathan Kuntz, “there were Avengers. That was a comic book that I could buy once a month. In the last 15 years, at least a dozen different Avengers have been added: the new Avengers, the young Avengers, the secret Avengers, and so on. ”The way they multiply their hit characters ad infinitum, it almost seems as if it is these companies that are over Superpowers ruled.