Some people prefer Marvel heroes, like Spider-Man and The Avengers, while others prefer DC, and characters like Batman and Superman, though the line between the two for most is a bit blurrier than that. For instance, while I generally like Marvel, I grew up on the giant-sized adventures of Batman, which I fondly remember my mother bringing me home.
And with superheroes, like anything else, some are more popular than others. The X-Men has been well-received by comics readers for years, and it’s reflected in the popularity of the feature films based upon the characters.
Batman is huge for DC/Warner Bros., and shows in the success of the movies.
Superman, if not as popular as Batman, is still one of DC’s biggest characters, so that a feature film about him is expected to do well. What’s shocking is that that Thor, who has never been an A-list character (even during the awesome Walt Simonson run), is doing so remarkably well.
How well? Much better than the first film, which topped off at $450 million.
Now keep in mind what I said earlier: That Thor was never really at the front line of Marvel characters, yet the movie has earned over $620 million after about two months.
“Man of Steel” finished its run at $662 million, which by anyone’s calculus is a lot of money but considering that Superman is in the top tier of comics characters, shouldn’t it have done significantly better than “Thor: The Dark World?”
What I am saying is that “Man of Steel,” despite being successful, actually underperformed, while Thor has over-performed (When you take into account that “Man of Steel” cost $225 million to produce, while the latest Thor sequel cost $170 million, ‘The Dark World’ looks even better).
Which is why I suspect Warner Bros. did not do a followup to “Man of Steel” that revolved around Superman, and is instead is introducing a rebooted Batman (as well as Wonder Woman) into the mix; while Marvel is so confident in their strategy that they are introducing characters like Ant-Man, whom few people are familiar with, and Guardians of the Galaxy, who it can be argued, virtually no one is familar with.
And I expect both films to do remarkably well.