JT Film Review

DC vs. Marvel

DC Movies vs. Marvel Movies

There are many great rivalries. Pepsi and Coke. Liberal and conservative. Star Wars and Star Trek. DC and Marvel…

I watched The Dark Knight and Iron Man recently, one a DC property, the other from Marvel. I was having difficulty deciding which one I prefer, and wondered how this would tie in to the relationship between the two companies films (or at least the films based on their properties). So off I went to Rotten Tomatoes, and here are all the results.

I ignored any films not released in theaters, but other than that I have all the movies here. I also included movies like Road to Perdition and History of Violence as they are DC properties, even though they aren’t superhero movies.

Enjoy!

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Films based on DC Properties

Film Tomatometer % Rating


 
 
 
 

Batman ——————————————— 70
Batman Returns ——————————— 77

Batman Forever ——————————— 45

Batman and Robin
—————————— 12

Batman Begins
———————————– 85

The Dark Knight
——————————— 94

Catwoman —————————————– 10

Constantine ————————————— 46

A History of Violence ————————– 87

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ——– 16

Road to Perdition —————————————– 82

The Spirit —————————————————- 14

Steel ———————————————————– 13

Supergirl —————————————————– 8

Superman: The Movie ———————————– 93

Superman II ———————————————— 87

Superman III ———————————————- 23

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
—————– 11

Superman Returns ————————————— 76

Swamp Thing ———————————————– 69

V For Vendetta ——————————————— 74

Watchmen
————————————————— 64

DC Report

Average: 52.5%

Lowest Rated Movie: Supergirl (8%)

Highest Rated Movie: The Dark Knight (94%)

Films Based on Marvel Properties

Film Tomatometer % Rating


Blade ————————————– 55
Blade 2 ———————————— 58
Blade Trinity ————————— 26
Daredevil ——————————– 44
Elektra ———————————– 10
Fantastic Four ————————- 26
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ——- 37
Ghost Rider —————————– 26
Howard the Duck ——————— 16
Hulk ————————————— 61
The Incredible Hulk —————– 66
Iron Man ——————————— 93
The Punisher (1990) —————– 24
The Punisher (2004) —————– 29
The Punisher: War Zone ———— 25
Spider-Man —————————— 90
Spider-Man 2 —————————- 94
Spider-Man 3 —————————- 63
X-Men ————————————– 81
X2: United ——————————- 88
X3: The Last Stand ——————– 56
X-Men Origins: Wolverine ———- 37

Marvel Report

Average: 50.2%

Lowest Rated Movie: Elektra (10%)

Highest Rated Movie: Spider-Man 2 (94%)

DAMAGE REPORT

So, according to Rotten Tomatoes (and thus, most of the major American film critics), DC on average produces the best movies, but only just. Interestingly, it also has the worst movie on the list, the woeful 1984 Supergirl (clocking in at a nice little 8%.) They are tied for the top movie, as both The Dark Knight and Superman 2 have an incredible 94% rating.

So for now at least, DC is king.

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Comments? Any films you think should be higher? Lower? Under-rated, over-rated? Feel free to comment below.

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February 12, 2010 - Posted by | List | , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Hey I’m trying to get as many bloggers as possible involved in a debate about which is better, Marvel or DC. Would love to have your input.
    http://storiesthatreallymattered.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/im-a-marvel/

    Comment by Katie | January 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hmm… it might be cool to do the “Im a DC, I’m a Marvel” thing. I’ll see if I can.

    Comment by jamesturpin | January 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thanks, it’d be great to have you, let me know if you do and I’ll throw up a link on my page

    Comment by Katie | January 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. Brilliant. Thanks a lot

    Comment by Katie | January 27, 2011 | Reply


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