For years now it’s been the accepted truth Marvel movies perform better at the box office and among audiences than movies starring DC Comics‘ characters. We know it, they know it, and even young Spencer, 7th grader and DC fan, knows it. So when DC allegedly lies in response to a letter from Spencer asking how they plan to compete with Marvel’s dominance of live-action superhero movies, it doesn’t go unnoticed. Especially when Spencer’s letter and DC’s response are shared via Reddit. Here’s Spencer’s letter,
Now for DC’s repsonse. Please note the flagrant lying in this line of “our movies by far exceed all of Marvel’s in sales,”
Where do they get off saying something so obviously false!? Well… technically… were we to look at things in a certain way, they’re right.
To say DC movies have earned more than Marvel movies you must compare them like this: Only include the Marvel films made by Marvel. None of FOX’s X-Men or Sony’s Spider-Man movies. That leaves Iron Man 1-3, Thor 1 and 2, Avengers, Captain America, and Incredible Hulk, or eight films total. On DC’s side include the Burton and Schumacher Batman movies, the Christopher Reeves Superman movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, Superman Returns and Man of Steel, Green Lantern, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Constantine, Jonah Hex, Red 1 and 2, The Losers, and Catwoman; 19 films.
So sure, yes, when looking at their films like this DC didn’t lie to young Spencer, but come on! DC knew they were twisting the facts to better serve their agenda, and for that, shame on them. It’s outrageous to compare six years of Marvel movies to 36 years of DC movies and call it a fair fight. You’d think this would serve as an eye opener for DC, but no. Rather than admit their failings to a devoted fan and share their plans for future movies (Seriously!? No mention of Batman vs. Superman!?), they basically lie and claim to have been winning all along. I can’t say I’m really all that shocked, just disappointed.
Now, to play a bit of devil’s advocate. This being the internet where the validity of anything and everything is called in to question–could this letter be a hoax? It looks fairly legit, appearing printed on an official looking DC letterhead and all. On the other hand, something about the way this letter is written comes off as unprofessional and not the work of a seasoned PR department. And again, I can’t believe they wouldn’t mention their biggest upcoming movie project, Batman vs. Superman. With that in mind, perhaps we should hold off on the witch hunt until we hear if DC has anything to say on the matter.
What do you think of all this? Did DC just straight up lie to a child, are we glossing over their successful history at the movies, or is this all a hoax framing DC as lying monsters?