Will Marvel or DC have a better year in 2022? This is a big question – one that the Comic Nation Podcast decided to dig. 2022 is going to be a big year for comic book movies and TV shows as a whole, as not only do we get a lot of new content, but also a little deluge of leftovers from 2021. Arguably fans win collectively with have all that superhero goodness on the big and small screen to come – but then again, everyone has their favorite sides, so if you have to make a choice, who do you have? Marvel or DC?
Comic Nation Podcast host Kofi Outlaw kicked off the discussion by saying it looks like Marvel has the starring role in the movies – what the big event movie is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; as well as two large hero coats passed to the ladies, in both Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. At first glance, it’s easy to think Marvel is stacked for an easy win.
YET, cartoon nation co-host Matthew Aguilar and Phase zero co-host Jenna Anderson both explained why Marvel might not lock the movie’s path in 2022. DC is coming up with The Batman earlier this year (March), and Matt Reeves’ reboot is already garnering huge mainstream hype, with stars Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz winning the approval of the Batman fandom. The Batman could be a monster, giving one of Marvel’s films a competitive run at the box office.
After Batman kicked things off, DC actually seems pretty stacked throughout the year. League of Super-Pets could be the franchise’s biggest animated spin-off since LEGOBatman (if not bigger). DC and Warner Bros. will be able to double the star power of Dwayne Johnson, using his voice to Super Animals, while The Rock takes center stage for his black adam movie (a spin-off of Shazam!) in July.
Then there is the little question of the flash in November – a film that could rival Doctor Strange 2 in terms of resetting the franchise’s entire canon through multiverse machinations. With the arrival of two Batmans (Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck) and new heroes (Supergirl), The Flash could be a game-changer for the DCEU. Jason Momoa’s next Aquaman movie (a billion-dollar franchise) will end the year. If that’s not enough, DC/WB will blur the line with the Batgirl movie, which will be released on HBO Max, before introducing Batgirl star Leslie Grace to bigger DC movie projects.
In short: DC could actually kill it off in theaters in 2022!
The big conversation around DC and Marvel TV in 2022 has led the cartoon nation the crew to one main conclusion: it’s all about end goals and objectives.
The next wave of Disney+ series from Marvel (Ms. Marvel, moon knight, She-Hulk) all bring highly anticipated Marvel characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with new and established stars bringing these series to life. Marvel Studios ruled the TV Zeitgeist with MCU Disney+ shows in 2021 – hard to believe that won’t happen again. All we need now are firm release dates for these shows!
For DC/WB, there is enormous potential in creating a new synchronicity via television. The CW Arrowverse is what it is now, and the HBO Max DC series (Titans, Doom Patrol) have their own corner, but like Marvel, DC is going to tightly integrate their film and TV universes, and that could be the franchise’s biggest hit.
As of this writing, James Gunn Peacemaker the series appears to be a hit in its first week; the series will mark the first successful expansion of the DCEU Cinematic Universe to television. The Batgirl movie will (as noted blur the line between TV and movies, blazing a new trail (single-player character features offered via streaming services) that even Marvel has yet to explore. Other series like Batman’s Gotham PD related show or the The Green Lantern The anthology series has the potential to continue to expand the DC movie universe to television and add more diverse yet acclaimed prestige content to the DC brand (see: HBO’s Watchmen).
That boiled down to just two games that we’re sure to arrive in 2022: Marvel Midnight Sons and DC’s next Batman game, Gotham Knights. The verdict was unanimous: the whole team wants Gotham Knights to be their first choice. DC wins this one.
Total draw. Both DC and Marvel have big traditional crossover events that look promising; Marvel has more solo books that the team is excited for, but DC’s Black Label and general variety of comedic content is just as promising.
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