Is it just me, or has DC been much more successful over the years in getting its characters transferred into other media? Off the top of my head, DC has:
Batman, with at least one movie serial, one live-action TV series, six live-action movies, at least four animated series, at least three animated movies;
Superman, with radio shows, serials, four live-action series (including Superboy and Smallville); five live-action movies (including one in production now), numerous animated theatrical shorts, at least two animated series, and hell, even Krypto the Super-Dog has his own show;
Wonder Woman, with one live-action series and a movie in production;
Flash, with one live-action series;
Captain Marvel, with one live-action series and a movie in production;
and I’m sure a lot of other stuff that I’ve forgotten about. And a lot of that was pretty high-quality stuff. Notable exceptions of course (Superman IV: The Quest for The Perfect Tan and Batman and Robin Grow Nipples for example) but overall a varied, quality and hugely successful run.
Contrasted to Marvel, which has scored some successes recently with the Spider-Man and X-Men movies but by and large hasn’t put out the quantity or quality of product that DC has, and has produced some of the more wretched comic-related material in existence. The Fantastic Four cartoons with H.E.R.B.I.E.? The first FF movie, deliberately made awful since it wasn’t going to be released? The original Marvel Super Heroes shows, which were largely stills of comic book panels? The live-action Spider-Man series from the 70s? The Doctor Strange, Captain America and Nick Fury TV movies? The only Marvel character that’s come close to a DC-level of success is Spider-Man, with two live-action movies, one live-action TV show (which wasn’t good), and four animated series (one of which was the fairly dreadful Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends).
Not meaning to kick off a Marvel vs DC war (although that could be fun I suppose) and I’m sure I’ve both left off some DC stinkers and some Marvel gems (feel free to list your favorites if you must). But it does seem like DC has the hang of producing and marketing quality projects and Marvel doesn’t. Any thoughts as to why that might be?