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Mark Millar is one of the most prolific creators working in comics today, and he may very well have nailed the reason DC films have yet to really resonate with viewers.
While the name may not resonate with you outside of the comic world, you are sure to know his works as he is the creator of the comics of Kick-Ass and Kingsman which were turned into films.
While out promoting his new addition to the Kick-Ass comics, Millar spoke with Yahoo Movies who asked him what his take is on the DC Extended Universe films compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he has worked with both companies. I don’t want to break this up, so here is his answer in full.
And I have to ask your thoughts on the current DCEU movies given you spent some quality time at DC Comics – apart from Wonder Woman, what is Warner Bros. doing wrong?
I think it’s really simple the characters aren’t cinematic and I say this as a massive DC fan who much prefers their characters to Marvel’s. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are some of my favourites but I think these characters, with the exception of Batman, they aren’t based around their secret identity they are based around their super power. Whereas the Marvel characters tend to be based around the personality of Matt Murdock or Peter Parker or the individual X-Men, it’s all about the character. DC, outside of Batman, is not about the character. With Batman, you can understand him and you can worry about him but someone like Green Lantern, he has this ring that allows him to create 3D physical manifestations and green plasma with the thoughts in his head but he’s allergic to the colour yellow! How do you make a movie with that? In 1952 that made perfect sense but now the audience have no idea what that’s all about.
People will slam me for this but I think the evidence is there. We’ve seen great directors, great writers and great actors, tonnes of money thrown at them, but these films aren’t working. I think they are all too far away from when they were created. Something feels a little old about them, kids look at these characters and they don’t feel that cool. Even Superman, I love Superman, but he belongs to an America that doesn’t exist anymore. He represents 20th Century America and I think he peaked then.
For the most part, he is correct. Now, those of us who read comics know there is more to these characters, but it isn’t much more. And despite 42 years of reading comics now, I never had picked up on this. As I think back to my favorite DC titles – the 1980s run of The New Teen Titans, pretty much anything Batman – I see it. I love those books because they got into the multiple facets of the character’s lives. No one reads Superman to see what is happening with Clark at the newspaper. Green Lantern spends very little time as Hal Jordan.
You flip this, and you start to see it. One of the most famous Iron Man storylines is “Demon in a Bottle” where Tony battles alcoholism. Daredevil had his life torn apart when Kingpin discovered he was Matt Murdock in “Born Again.” And the number of times Peter Parker’s personal life has clashed with his identity as Spider-Man is endless.
Marvel has always embraced its character in and out of costume, but DC has taken more of a “always on duty” approach.
Thanks, Millar. I have some serious rethinking of my love of certain DC characters to do.
Source: Yahoo Movies .