Shazam! producer reveals his thoughts on the much-discussed rival between DC and Marvel Studios.
DC or Marvel? Pretty common question right? It’s pretty standard behaviour for fans to compare and contrast, and the perceived rivalry between DC and Marvel has long held prominence. Often it’s determined by your favourite superhero; those who adore Batman tend to be lumped into the DC camp, whereas those who have grown obsessively attached to the Avengers and their allies may consider themselves Marvel purists.
Honestly though, in recent years it has become even clearer that fans of both Dinsey and Warner Bros.’s comic-adaptation enterprises are everywhere. Despite what some might say, they’re hardly mutually exclusive. This year, the idea that both studios share a rivalry may finally be put to rest.
As highlighted by ScreenRant, the release of Shazam! and Captain Marvel within such close proximity suggests that both studios harbour respect for one another, and with this respect, comes the desire to compromise. As you may know, the superhero Shazam! is often referred to as Captain Marvel; however, you can’t really have two in the same year, perhaps even beyond that. It would cause confusion, negative competition and may affect both films’ box-office. Fortunately, DC has chosen to alter the heroes name accordingly and amicably. Then, of course, we have Marvel studios’ re-hiring of James Gunn even after he’s attached to DC’s The Suicide Squad. It really doesn’t sound like there are bad feelings and it looks like Shazam! producer Peter Safran agrees.
In an interview with UPROXX, he said: “I’ve always believed, that which unites comic book fans is much greater than that which divides us. And so the whole Marvel, DC rivalry thing is kind of bulls***. Because really we’re all fans of the same thing.” He’s absolutely right, really. Fans’ love for comic book adaptations should not create a divide, but instead, unite them. It’s clear that the studios share respect for one another and it’s great that DC is slowly becoming more prestigious, turning out such crowdpleasers as Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and – it looks like – Shazam!