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Old 05-06-16, 11:23 AM
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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DC doesn't have an extended movie universe yet. They're barely 1, maybe 1.5 movies into it. sure, they WANT one, and making all these announcements like they're planning one, but it doesn't exist yet. Let's see a few more come out, how they're executed, and how they come together.

If you want to pit BVS against what the MCU has now, then shit, you already know how it's gonna go down and there's no crying "Martha" to stop that beatdown
I think the issue is that BvS is written like it has the 8 years of back-story that the MCU has. The joy (if that is the right word) in a moment like Zemo revealing the video of the Starks' deaths is that we had YEARS of buildup to it. There is so much going on in that scene that is very satisfying for long term viewers.

DC has the assets to challenge the MCU but the studio doesn't have the patience to let it happen. Marvel has a framework but takes care with each film to make sure it is satisfying to audiences while paying off again and again the long-range planning.

I guess I can't fault DC's idea of going the reverse direction of MCU, where the team-up happens first, and the individual films happen afterwards. Maybe if BvS were a better movie, this would prove to be successful (I mean that the MCU way isn't necessarily the ONLY way). They just need someone to put on the brakes when the story is not up to snuff.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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I'd rank them

Civil War
BvS
Deadpool


I enjoyed Deadpool enough in theaters but when I saw it on home video it didn't have that epic-ness to it. It was just alright and the character gets grating quite fast.
Deadpool wasn't really epic to begin with. It was just a well made film but even when I saw it the first time I could see it was smaller in scope than a big event film like Batman V Superman or Civil War.
Old 05-06-16, 11:54 AM
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Yeah, Deadpool was very small in scope, but very enjoyable. It's a movie of basically 3 major locations and 3 minor ones.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

No comparison necessary whatsoever. Civil War will be looked upon as one of the best movies--superhero or otherwise--by the end of the year. BvS' legacy will be on how many "worst movies" lists it ends up on.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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No comparison necessary whatsoever. Civil War will be looked upon as one of the best movies--superhero or otherwise--by the end of the year. BvS' legacy will be on how many "worst movies" lists it ends up on.
It won't be on many "Worst" lists I don't think, it scored a lot of 2 and 2.5 out of 5 reviews (its average score is almost exactly 2.5 out of 5). Most Disappointing, perhaps.
Old 05-06-16, 01:57 PM
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even for having to introduce black panther and this new spidey into the mix, Civil War just really ran laps around BvS in terms of doing a great job balancing all the characters it was fitting in to this film.
Old 05-06-16, 02:42 PM
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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It won't be on many "Worst" lists I don't think, it scored a lot of 2 and 2.5 out of 5 reviews (its average score is almost exactly 2.5 out of 5). Most Disappointing, perhaps.
Yeah not the worst but I think it left many people underwhelmed. The hype for it really died off pretty fast and I think it'll be viewed as just another comic book movie rather than the big event film it should have been.
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Yeah not the worst but I think it left many people underwhelmed. The hype for it really died off pretty fast and I think it'll be viewed as just another comic book movie rather than the big event film it should have been.
Yup, I mentioned that to a friend the other day. BSV is dead, no one is talking about it anymore.
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Yup, I mentioned that to a friend the other day. BSV is dead, no one is talking about it anymore.
it's true. it took me a sec to figure out what 'DoJ' was in this comment even tho its' the topic of this thread

Originally Posted by Guru Askew View Post

Having said that, Civil War undeniably deals an epic blow to DoJ. If you wanted to be kind to DoJ I think you could easily make the case that the ultimate showdown between the two characters was done better in DoJ. That's a substantial win, it's not grasping at straws by any stretch, but in the big picture CW runs circles around DoJ.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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What it really should be is WB. There is no DC. DC is just a property. Not a creative production film studio.

There SHOULD be a DC creative production studio w/ their own Kevin Feige. You know.. like... a Bruce Timm. There isn't. Fucking WB. So many things they have at their disposal for sources and creative. And they waste it on Snyder and Goyer.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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Having said that, Civil War undeniably deals an epic blow to DoJ. If you wanted to be kind to DoJ I think you could easily make the case that the ultimate showdown between the two characters was done better in DoJ. That's a substantial win, it's not grasping at straws by any stretch, but in the big picture CW runs circles around DoJ.
I don't even agree here. The showdown between Batman and Superman was kind of a letdown I thought. Pretty short with fairly bad build up (at least from Superman's perspective) and ends in one of the stupidest moments ever put to film.

Both the fights between Team Cap and Team Iron Man were better I thought. The characters had better motives for why they were fighting and reasons why you'd want to get behind either of them. Both felt a lot more epic and lasted a good amount of time and the way things ended both times were logical and heart wrenching.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

The drama just made it better. Like there was weight to the fight. BvS didn't have that.
Old 05-06-16, 07:44 PM
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DC wins TV.
Marvel wins movies.

/end
Daredevil and Jessica Jones both trump anything on TV that DC has done. Marvel wins both.
Old 05-07-16, 11:11 AM
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

Originally Posted by Guru Askew View Post

In any case, I was really rooting for DC and still think BvS was over-bashed. The Marvel vs DC fanboy war is insane to me because unlike something like video game consoles that require an investment of hundreds of dollars nobody has to pick sides, and I've always been happy to enjoy characters from both companies. You don't get anything out of one company beating the other but everyone wins when both are at the top of their game.
While there may have been a small vocal minority of fanboy fighting, as with anything, a lot of the negativity around the movie had nothing to do with any sort of Marvel vs DC stuff. It's weird to me how people still keep trying to attribute this or some sort of bias to the movie universe - most people WANT a good Superman and Batman movie. The poor critic reviews certainly aren't because of fanboy hatred, and it felt general audience reaction was similar.

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it's true. it took me a sec to figure out what 'DoJ' was in this comment even tho its' the topic of this thread
It confused me too, I don't think i've heard people call Batman v Superman using the subtitle acronym.

Anyway, after seeing Civil War -

-The conflict between the main characters was better established, and the history of each character across multiple movies was more real and organically developed.

-While I enjoyed the Doomsday fight, the Airport scene was much better even with way more characters. Better choreographed, framed, and a better showcase of each character and their abilities.

-Civil War introduced multiple new characters, and juggled existing ones, much more effectively then BvS - even though I really enjoyed Wonder Woman.

Villains
Spoiler:
-Civil War ultimately had their villain pulling the strings too in Zemo, but his reasoning, as simple as it was as "my family died because of you" still felt so much more developed then Luthor.
Old 05-07-16, 11:43 AM
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

How's this for a comparison:

I went to a late afternoon showing on opening Friday ffor both movies.

Even though the reviews for BvS were negative, the theater was sold out and the crowd was energetic.

Civil War was half full, and there did not seem to be excitement at all.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

From my review of Civil War:

"Seriously, the rumble at the airport will make you go back to the box office and demand a refund for your Batman v Superman ticket. (obligatory DC burn)"
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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How's this for a comparison:

I went to a late afternoon showing on opening Friday ffor both movies.

Even though the reviews for BvS were negative, the theater was sold out and the crowd was energetic.

Civil War was half full, and there did not seem to be excitement at all.
And your conclusion is BvS is twice as good?
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How's this for a comparison:

I went to a late afternoon showing on opening Friday ffor both movies.

Even though the reviews for BvS were negative, the theater was sold out and the crowd was energetic.

Civil War was half full, and there did not seem to be excitement at all.
Man was BvS so bad that it actually hurt enthusiasm for future comic book movies?

BvS made $81.56m on its first Friday ($27.7m from Thursday night) compared to Captain 3s $72.5m ($25m from Thursday night). So BvS was slightly busier.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

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Man was BvS so bad that it actually hurt enthusiasm for future comic book movies?

BvS made $81.56m on its first Friday ($27.7m from Thursday night) compared to Captain 3s $72.5m ($25m from Thursday night). So BvS was slightly busier.
We will see with the numbers from today and tomorrow. BvS started to drop even the first weekend, though Sunday was Easter. This may be more spread out (though this Sunday is Mother's Day, I don't think that's as big of an obstacle as Easter).
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And your conclusion is BvS is twice as good?
No.

I think it is interesting that even though reviews shitting all over BvS had been out all week before the movie opened, there were still packed houses excited about seeing it.

Preview word on CA:CW was that the movie was (at least) very good, but that did not result in a packed theater.

No conclusion, just an honest observation and comparison, like the thread is about.

Spoiler:
In terms of quality, I thought BvS was okay. CA:CW was excellent.
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Man was BvS so bad that it actually hurt enthusiasm for future comic book movies?

BvS made $81.56m on its first Friday ($27.7m from Thursday night) compared to Captain 3s $72.5m ($25m from Thursday night). So BvS was slightly busier.
That's one thing to wonder about.

Both movies opened on the same # of screens (4242 vs 4226) but if BvS ends up with better box office in the wake of shitty reviews, then I think it is definitely probable that their bad experience scared a lot of people away from CA:CW.

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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

The opening for BvS was critic proof, and in some cases i think the negative reviews fueled interest and curiosity given the characters involved.

Not sure if it will hold, but the overall weekend predictions still have Civil War winning out.
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Re: Let's compare Batman V. Superman and Captain America: Civil War

I think BvS had a big opening more from the general public - everyone alive knows who Batman and Superman are. I think CW leans a little more toward the Marvel fanboy crowd; it certainly requires you to have watched the previous movies for it to make a lick of sense. It'll do a hell of a lot better than BvS of course but at this point if a superhero movie doesn't break every record in the book there's always gonna be some pundits proclaiming "peak superhero fatigue." (Which is entirely likely to happen at some point, of course, nothing succeeds forever.)
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I don't know about that. Certainly it's beneficial to have seen the previous MCU films but I think people could still watch and enjoy this without having seen all the previous films. Marvel has done a pretty good job in that respect in my opinion because they've built a lot of backstory for their universe but have kept things pretty easy for casuals to follow too. Ultimately Batman V Superman was always going to do well during its opening weekend but Civil War will have better legs to stand on and positive word of mouth will lead to it doing well in the coming weeks.
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A month after release CW will still be bringing in respectable box office, BvS was struggling after the first few days. Repeated viewings count for a hell of a lot and DC/Warners I think are under valuing it. Releasing an R rated version (trying to piggy back on some Deadpool dollars) will only fail. If people had liked the regular movie more than sure they could make more money from an R rated version, but the normal version was generally hated by most.

CW I still feel confident will break the $1 billion mark. Looking back I would have thought the race would have been tighter I box office, but audiences simply are not connecting as much with DC properties as much as Marvel. The house of mouse has spent it's whole existence creating movies designed to entertain the whole family, and it's only strengthening the Marvel movies.

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