Forget Batman V Superman! The True Superhero Battle, Marvel V DC, is Playing Out on Social Media


For the countless superhero fanboys around the world, myself included, the weekend just passed was an exciting one. With the marketing push for Batman V Superman out of the way, DC are now free to up their efforts for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. A new trailer release quickly started trending on social media, reassuring fans that maybe, just maybe, DC can recover from Zack Snyder & David S. Goyer's mistakes.

The trailer, I must say, looks incredible, with Margot Robbie's interpretation of Harley Quinn in particular attracting a lot of love (I'm sure the scene showing her stripping down in the middle of a crowded military base had nothing to do with that...). We also finally get an idea of the more obscure characters' powers for those unfamiliar with the comics, and some indication of how the team will tie together.

Meanwhile, in the Marvel camp, the early reviews for Captain America: Civil War have appeared online. The overwhelmingly positive response is sure to keep DC trembling in their boots as Marvel look to cement their place at the top of the genre. Critics have praised the film as an "action masterpiece" containing "lots of themes and emotions" and what are apparently the "best action sequences in any superhero film EVER!".

That's certainly high praise, by any standard. The only real danger I can see now for Marvel now is if critics have over-hypedthe film, which, as we've seen with countless promising blockbusters before, could result in some level of disappointment regardless of the movie's actual merits. They will also, in my opinion, need to be careful with their villain, as recent Marvel efforts have failed to properly develop some of the best characters from their collective rogues' galleries, such as the Dark Elf Malekith from Thor: The Dark World or Whiplash from Iron Man 2 (I would mention the Mandarin here, but Trevor Slattery is NOT the Mandarin). In fact, Loki still remains their only truly compelling villain, and there's only so many times they can use him before fans demand something different. Although I do have high hopes for the MCU version of Baron Zemo.

We will see first if Civil War can live up to expectations on April 29th, whilst we will have to wait until August 5th to pass judgement on Suicide Squad. It will be interesting to see how their marketing develops over that time, and whether Marvel's next feature (Doctor Strange, planned for release in late 2016) will continue to challenge the hype of Suicide Squad, and the extended DC universe, directly.

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