The Iowa Comic Book Club
We sat down with members of the Iowa Comic Book Club, Trevor Coberly and John Gregory, to discuss the rise of comic books as inspiration for film and the future of Marvel’s films. We also touch on DC Comics’ television success versus the critical reception of their films and how to keep The Flash fresh.
Listen to our roundtable discussion below.
Meet our panelists
John Gregory is the President of the Iowa Comic Book Club and an Entrepreneurial Management major at the University of Iowa. His favorite comic book series is Bagley and Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man.
Trevor Coberly is the Treasurer of the Iowa Comic Book Club and a Cinema major and Psychology Minor at the University of Iowa. His favorite comic book series is X-Men.
Marvel established their big screen presence with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002, but it wasn’t until the release of Iron Man in 2008 that they began building what is now known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Since Iron Man, they have focused their efforts on creating a cohesive brand where all of their major characters exist in a shared universe, allowing an opportunity for crossovers and team-ups such as The Avengers in 2012.
Batman doesn’t play well with others
DC has had a mixed reception since launching its own shared universe, the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU). There were originally plans for Batman and Superman to meet on-screen as evidenced by a billboard seen in the background of the film I Am Legend in 2007. With the success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and his then upcoming game-changer The Dark Knight, it became clear that this version of Batman wouldn’t mix well with The Man of Steel. The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises turned out to be critical and box office successes and the DCEU was put on hold.
In the summer of 2013, Warner Bros. announced that Batman vs. Superman was finally coming. Upon its release it was met with poor reviews. The movie was followed by Suicide Squad which received similar reviews.
Meanwhile on television, DC continues to truly and successfully expand. The CW plays four DCTV programs during its Fall 2016 schedule: Supergirl (Monday), The Flash (Tuesday), Arrow (Wednesday) and Legends of Tomorrow (Thursday). Despite DC’s reception on film they will continue to expand by making Justice League, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern Corps. and Batman films in upcoming years.