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DC Heroes More Inspirational Than MARVEL

Updated on July 5, 2016


Superheroes are a big part of children's lives and are looked up to. Superheroes represent something. They do not, however, always represent the best of things. Do DC or Marvel heroes represent something better than the other? Through comics, animated series, television shows, and cinematic universe, DC heroes have proved a better role model than the opposing franchise.


Let's start by taking a look at the characters and comparing their morals. X-Men is a group of MARVEL superheroes who are viewed as good guys. Unfortunately, all of them don't do good things. Colossus (an X-Men) was in a relationship with Kitty Pryde in MARVEL comics. The problem is that she is a 14 year old girl and Colossus is a 19 year old boy, and they are sleeping together. This should not be seen by children as something heroes do, mainly considering that this is against the law. Nightcrawler is another MARVEL hero who's morals are completely shoved down the drain. The MARVEL writers had Nightcrawler do something completely against his own religion. Nightcrawler is a christian and he unknowingly is dating his sister. When he discovers what has happened he accepts it and acts as though he wishes to continue their relationship. These are the types of role models that MARVEL promotes. Sadly, these are the types of things that are being accepted as the norm in today's society. DC comics promote a whole different idea. Superman and Batman, two of the leading DC characters, are fighting crime to protect their cities and help others. Green Arrow is another hero who fights to protect his city and train other heroes to do the same. Superman eventually settles down and gets married...and definitely not to his sister.


Now that we have a general idea of what the two separate comics look like, let's jump into the world of television. There are DC shows that run together such as Arrow, Flash, Gotham, and Supergirl. There are also MARVEL shows that run together such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. The DC shows are much tamer. They show the value of family, friends, and acting together as a team. These shows are rated TV-PG and TV-14. If we look to the set of MARVEL shows we find that two out of the three are rated TV-MA for violence and sexual content. These are the types of things that are in people's heads when they think of these heroes. Reviews have described Jessica Jones as, "The show is very dark and the characters are mysterious(in a negative way)." The end of the first episode is said in reviews to be "very disturbing." A separate review mentioned that the show was "morally degrading" because of the extended sex scenes. DC television show reviews offer quite the opposite reaction. The DC show, Flash, has gotten reviews that say, he has a "nice element of humanity that helps ground him, makes the line between right and wrong pleasantly clear for viewers, and keeps the content from delving too far into the darker side of heroism." Either the character is moral or he/she isn't, and according to the separate television series, DC characters have a stronger sense of morality.


Everyone likes a Friday movie. I happen to enjoy a DC movie rather than a MARVEL film. There is no doubt that MARVEL movies are far more watched and loved than DC films. But if DC is promoting a better idea and showing more righteous morals than why is this so? This darker sense of what MARVEL has become is what people are entertained by in this age.The newest installment in the DC movie franchise is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. This was rated 27% by rotten tomatoes. MARVEL's newest cinematic installment is Captain America: Civil War. This movie received 90% by rotten tomatoes. Batman V Superman had an emotional appeal, action appeal, and family appeal. Superman is struggling with the negative views about him and starts to wonder if people really want his help. Batman and Superman get in a tussle and it's real meaningful action. It is all about to end when the thing that solves the conflict is the name Martha. This is the name of both Superman and Batman's mother. Batman spares Superman's life because Batman's mother had died when he was young and he didn't want that to happen to someone else, this part of the film provides importance of family. The movie is tied off with the two heroes working as a team and a meaningful and emotional "death." These are the true qualities of a fantastic movie. Captain America instead has two large groups of heroes harmlessly fighting each other while sharing witty jokes in a time of peril. Another new MARVEL film is Deadpool. This movie shows an immature man that is a supposed hero. This film is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity. This film received 84% on rotten tomatoes. This type of immoral, violent, and gross humored movie is loved by society 57% more than a PG-13, family appropriate movie with moral characters. Along with all these qualities, Batman V Superman shows the true meaning of what heroes are.


From the characters drawn in the classic comic books all the way to the heroes portrayed in epic superhero movies, DC provides better idea's, morals, and entertainment than the MARVEL franchise that is so widely loved. DC character, James Gordon said, "You're going to make a difference. A lot of times it won't be huge, it won't be visible even. But it will matter just the same." Both DC and MARVEL have made a difference and they both mattered. One, however, mattered in more of a positive way than the other.

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      Katie Anne 18 months ago

      A very interesting read. A great article all around.

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      Taylor R. 18 months ago

      This article was very enlightening. Well put, easy to read and understand. Great correlations and conclusion.