In 1998, Marvel released Blade, starring Wesley Snipes. Let's consider this the start of Marvel's foray into proper filmmaking. They had earlier films, but they aren't worth mentioning. Blade was a real, adult-type movie: well-made, sleek, and chock-full of action. Since then, Marvel has released 38 films, all the way up to Captain America: Civil War. DC, including those original eight Batman and Superman films, have released 23 films. Films that include two Swamp Thing movies, Steel, Catwoman, Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, and some other winners. So, with an extra two decades, we got Jonah Hex from DC.
It did pull off one incredible cinematic feat: making Michael Fassbender forgettable.
Obviously, Marvel isn't perfect -- three abysmal Fantastic Four movies, Man-Thing, which no one has ever seen, Elektra, and Daredevil all sucked hard, too. But, they still released 15 more films than DC, and, apart from films centered on Spider-Man, none of them were the same story over and over again like those about Superman and Batman.
Marvel's first serious release was Blade. Blade! Who has ever read that comic? No one. But, it worked really well on film, and it was R-rated, too. Marvel took a risk, while DC continued to shit in a shoe by telling us where Superman comes from and that Batman has a cave. No shit, son.
Batman And Robin starts with Commissioner Gordon
saying, "We have a new villain." So, it was, somehow, actually a step up.
When DC finally tried to diversify its portfolio with serious films, it was giving us Green Lantern, and that was in 2011. Sure, it had tried a few Vertigo titles in the past, but those were never going to be a part of the Universe proper. Constantine was never going to meet Batman, and neither was V or Dr. Manhattan. But, the Green Lantern could have -- if someone turned down the green neon lights a little. Instead, that movie sucked like a forgotten Fantastic Four script.
DC has proven it can't produce movies people want to see on a consistent basis. The Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, Tim Burton's Batman, and the original Superman all went over well. And that was about it. Stop it, DC. Just stop.