Will Marvel or DC have a better year in 2022? It’s a big question – one that the Comic Book Nation Podcast decided to delve into it. 2022 will be a landmark year for comic book movies and TV shows as a whole as we not only get a ton of new content but also a small deluge of leftovers from 2021. It’s likely that fans will win collectively with all this superhero goodness on the big and small screen is heading their way – but then again, everyone has their favorite camps, so if you have to pick, who do you have? Marvel or DC?
Comic Book Nation Podcast host Kofi Outlaw kicked off the discussion by saying that it looked like Marvel had the first lead with movies – what this is the big event movie that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; as well as two great hero cloaks passed down to 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.
HOWEVER, Comic Book Nation co-host Matthew Aguilar and Phase Zero co-host Jenna Anderson both made good points about why Marvel might not have locked the runway in 2022. DC comes with the batter early in the year (March), and the Matt Reeves reboot already has massive mainstream buzz, with stars Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz winning the approval of the Batman fandom. the batter could be a monster, giving one of Marvel’s movies a competitive run at the box office.
After Batman kicks things off, DC is actually looking pretty stacked up for the rest of the year. League of Super-Pets Could Be the Biggest Franchise Animated Spin-Off Since LEGO Batman (if not larger). DC and Warner Bros. will doubly immerse Dwayne Johnson’s star power, with his vote for super-pets, while The Rock takes center stage for its Black Adam movie (a spin-off of Shazam!) in July.
Then there is the small matter of The flash in November – a movie that could rival Doctor Strange 2 in resetting the entire franchise canon through multiverse machinations. With two Batmans (Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck) and some new heroes (Supergirl) joining in, The Flash could be a monumental game-changer for the DCEU. Jason Momoa’s next Aquaman movie (a multi-billion dollar franchise) will end the year. As if that weren’t enough, DC/WB will be blurring the line with the Batgirl movie, which will be out on HBO Max, before introducing Batgirl star Leslie Grace to bigger DC movie projects.
Bottom line: DC could really kill it on the movie front in 2022!
The big talk around DC and Marvel TV in 2022 led to the Comic Book Nation crew to one main conclusion: it’s all about end goals and objectives.
Marvel’s next wave of Disney+ series (Mrs. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk) are all bringing some highly anticipated Marvel characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with both new and established stars bringing these series to life. Marvel Studios ruled the TV Zeitgeist with the MCU Disney+ shows in 2021 – hard to believe it won’t happen again. All we need now are fixed release dates for these shows!
For DC/WB, there is huge potential in creating new synchronicity through TV. The CW Arrowverse is what it is today, and the HBO Max DC series (Titans, Doom Patrol) have their own corner, but like Marvel, DC will closely integrate their film and TV universes, and that could be the biggest success for the franchise.
At the time of writing this, James Gunn’s peacekeeper series seems to be a hit in the premiere week; the series marks the first successful expansion of the DCEU film universe into television. The Batgirl movie will (as mentioned blur the line between TV and movies, opening up a new runway (character solo features offered through streaming services) that even Marvel has yet to explore. Other series such as The Batmans Gotham PD tie-in show of the Green Lantern anthology series could potentially both continue to expand the DC movie universe on TV and add more diverse but critically acclaimed prestige content to the DC brand (see: HBO’s Watchmen).
This came down to just two games that we’re sure will arrive in 2022: Marvel Midnight Sons and DC’s next Batman game, Gotham Knights. The verdict was unanimous: the team all want Gotham Knights as their top pick. DC wins this one.
Total draw. Both DC and Marvel both have big traditional crossover events that look promising; Marvel has more solo books that the team is excited about, but DC’s Black Label and the general variety of comic content are just as promising.
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