Chris Evans Is a Much Better Superhero Than Ben Affleck
The dust hasn’t even settled yet, but it’s clear which superhero movie is the better blockbuster of 2016.
As Captain America: Civil War hits theaters in the U.S. this weekend, Marvel’s latest big screen moneymaker is poised to be the studio’s biggest and best film to date, easily blowing Warner Bros. and DC Comics’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out of the water. Director Zack Snyder and team Justice League have a lot of work to do if they want to catch up to the Avengers.
Not only has Marvel won some early bragging rights, but so has the Star-Spangled Avenger, a.k.a. Boston native Chris Evans. Sorry Ben Affleck, but in this battle between local superheroes, Evans is clearly the winner.
Here are a few reasons why Captain America has already won this round, and possibly many more to come.
1. Civil War Will Make Much More Money Than Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman was hardly a box office flop—bringing in $863.2 million worldwide, but by falling short of the billion-dollar mark, the DC film won’t even come close to what the latest Captain America is projected to rake in.
Forbes believes that the Marvel blockbuster could reach Star Wars: The Force Awakens territory by surpassing $2 billion, easily making it the biggest comic book movie of all time.
Already the film has earned over $220 million overseas and is likely to reach the $200 million mark domestically this weekend. By comparison, Batman v Superman pulled in $170 million during its opening weekend in the U.S., but box office sales dropped by almost 70 percent the following week. That won’t happen to Civil War given all the positive reviews.
While Batman has more name recognition, it’s obvious people would rather throw their money at the Avengers.
2. Critics and Fans Are Gushing Over Civil War
Fans and critics who’ve already seen the new Captain America say the film is nothing short of spectacular.
While people generally enjoyed seeing Affleck as Batman, the movie suffered from an incoherent, overly dark plot and terrible dialogue. Affleck would’ve been a bigger help behind the camera instead of in front of it, which is probably why he’s rumored to have full creative control directing the forthcoming solo Batman outing (producers, please keep Snyder far away).
On the other hand, fans and critics are in love with Captain America because it A) makes sense as a story and B) is fun and action-packed.
Civil War is also more female-friendly, since it boasts strong women like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. Dawn of Justice felt like a slap in the face, giving little screen time to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and treating other female characters as damsels in distress.
3. Evans Didn’t Have to Carry His Movie by Himself
If movie studios were football teams, Marvel would be the Patriots while Warner Bros./DC would be the Jets circa Rex Ryan era.
While Evans’s Captain America clearly leads the way a la Tom Brady, he didn’t have to carry Civil War by himself. Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and a who’s who list of top actors/Avengers help make the film feel like a team effort, with plenty of people there to catch whatever is thrown at them. You know, like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
Batman v Superman suffered because Affleck had to carry the movie by himself, getting little help from his cast mates, especially Jesse Eisenberg, who turned in the most annoying Lex Luthor ever seen on screen.
Plus, every great team needs a good coach. Like Bill Belichick with the Pats, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is the mastermind behind Captain America and the Avengers, crafting the perfect playbook for how these films should be executed in order to make them billion-dollar successes.
DC had…Snyder. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is undoubtedly the butt fumble of the comic book movie industry.