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Dueling Works / Film - Superhero

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    • Capsule Pitch Description: Description
    • Implementation: Implementation

  • Daredevil (2003) / Hulk (2003)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: 2003 superhero films. The main contenders here are both origin stories for Marvel superheroes making their theatrical debut.
    • Implementation: While both films had started production by the time Sam Raimi's Spider-Man came out, its success and popularity is often attributed to having influenced how these films were perceived. Both were intended to be darker and more psychological films, though Daredevil wound up getting cut down and edited on the mandate of Avi Arad in order to try and make it feel more like Spider-Man which most will agree was to its detriment. Hulk was not altered in such a way, but many theorize that the general audience had a hard time gravitating to its darker tone and psychological approach because of it.

  • Sky High (2005) / Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (2006)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Kid superheroes learn to use their powers.
    • Implementation: While Sky High focuses on an entire school for superpowered teens, Zoom is simply about a former hero training four superpowered youths to defeat a great threat.

  • Iron Man (2008) / The Dark Knight (2008)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Two movies that came out the same summer in which, after traumatic events, wealthy sons become masked super heroes with pimped-out mechanical aids; they also have butlers and a really Cool/Weaponized Car. The heroes pose as apathetic playboys who own their own corporations and have a close friend/business partner who is also a minority.
    • Implementation: Not only were Iron Man and The Dark Knight dueling movies, but they were also dueling between Marvel and DC respectively during their release in 2008.

  • Defendor (2009) / Kick-Ass (2010) & Super (2010)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Three indie superhero movies about average people trying to become gadget-based, low-budget vigilantes and end up having brushes with local organized crime.
    • Implementation: The major difference definitely falls in the personalities of the superheroes. Kick-Ass is an average nerdy teen, while Defendor is a mentally-disturbed homeless man that has delusions of certain supervillains. Supers Crimson Bolt suffers similar deranged illusions, but is slightly more stable. Kick-Ass becomes more stylized as it goes along, while the other two have a more realistic look to them. This could be chalked up to budget differences, as Kick-Ass (while low budget by Hollywood standards) cost over ten times as much as either of the other two.

  • Thor (2011) / Green Lantern (2011)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Superhero movies with the involvement of forces from beyond our world, whether alien or divine.
    • Implementation: Another Marvel vs. DC duel.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) / Captain America: Civil War (2016)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Installments to popular superhero franchises that feature a pair of their company's most well known characters, one who is a patriotic tried and true Boy Scout type and the other a wealthy man without superpowers but has his wits and technology, who are going head to head against each other. Both released in 2016. Each also introduced a prominent minority hero onto the big screen for the first time, who acted as a third party to the two established heroes (Wonder Woman for Dawn of Justice and Black Panther for Civil War).
    • Implementation: Once more, a lot of things are riding on these films. Dawn of Justice is Warner Bros.' first superheroes crossover and a huge step to further cement the DC Extended Universe after launching it in Man of Steel, and Civil War is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe installment to include a huge cast of the magnitude it's going for. Originally the films were going to open against each other directly, but Warner Bros/DC lost their nerve and moved the release date of BvS up by a month.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Another action team v. action team matchup, and the second one in a brutal slate for 2016. Apocalypse brings the cast of First Class and Days of Future Past back for a third outing and pits them against the titular Apocalypse. TMNT: Out of the Shadows is the sequel to the reboot from 2014, and has The Shredder escape jail and return. Casey Jones makes his debut in this Turtle continuity with this film.
    • Implementation: For Fox, this X-Men movie is coming off the heels of both Fant4stic and Deadpool (2016).

  • Wonder Woman (2017) / Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: 2017 summer films centered on new incarnations of iconic superheroes that were introduced in ensemble movies (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for Wonder Woman and Captain America: Civil War for Spider-Man) in their respective movie universe in 2016. Plus, it's a Marvel vs DC match.
    • Implementation: Wonder Woman had to break the curse of financial and critical failure of female-led superhero films, and had to be less critically divisive than previous DCEU entries. Spider-Man Homecoming had to live up to the ground laid by the Sam Raimi films, be less divisive than the previous reboot, smoothly integrate Spidey in the MCU and overall defy reboot fatigue.

  • Venom (2018) / Upgrade (2018)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: The films (both released in the fall of 2018) center on protagonists who share their body with an outsider conscience that gives them superpowers — at the price of making them lose control.
    • Implementation: The movies star similar-looking actors: Tom Hardy in Venom, and his Identical Stranger Logan Marshall-Green in Upgrade.

  • SHAZAM! (2019) / Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: A pair of movies starring the most kid-friendly superheroes of the DCEU and MCU, respectively. Both are absolute Nice Guys who can be quite goofy, and the youngest and most light-hearted hero of their respective universes.
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  • Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) / A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: In these direct-to-streaming kids' movies, a teenage girl discovers that her lineage/profession inducts her into a secret society of heroes engaged in defending the world from hidden unknown threats, quickly finding herself thrust into action.
    • Implementation: Secret Society of Second-Born Royals is a Disney Channel film released on Disney+, in which a rebellious second-born royal child learns she has a superpowered gene that helps her and others in her position to form a team of secret superheroes. Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting is a Netflix original is about a teen babysitter who learns that an organization of babysitters like her have long defended people from a hidden world of monsters. Unlike Secret Society, Babysitter's Guide is based on a book series.

  • Morbius (2022) / Black Adam (2022)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Two superhero movies from dueling franchises featuring antiheroes that are both part of a teenage superhero's Rouges Gallery.
    • Implementation: Morbius is an installment of Sony's Spider-Man Universe featuring Morbius the Living Vampire, an enemy of the Marvel superhero Spider-Man. On the other hand, Black Adam is part of the DC Extended Universe and features the titular Black Adam, whom in the comics is an enemy of Shazam.

  • Secret Headquarters (2022) / Samaritan (2022)
    • Capsule Pitch Description: Two original superhero movies (not based off pre-existing comics or franchises) centering on a young boy who discovers the identity of his world's greatest superhero and ends up joining him on adventures.
    • Implementation: The former is an action-comedy film where the hero (an Iron Man expy) is still active, as well as the boy's father; the latter is an action-drama film where the hero (who takes elements from both Superman and Batman) faked his death and chose to retire, and is otherwise unconnected to the boy.