A recent youtube video asked the question,
"Why do all superheroes sound the same?"
They don't, of course. What it really means is that "All Marvel superheroes sounds the same."
|The other thing that won't die: comics-civilians lumping Marvel and DC characters together as if there's no difference.|
I'll be frank with you: I didn't watch the video. Not one second. Why would you? You know the answer to the question and what they are going to say. The only real interest is in how the question is mis-formed ("all superheroes" rather than "all Marvel superheroes").
|Can you imagine a world or era where Batman was a wise-ass?|
A lot of the commenters (including me) point that out. Most blame the modern screenwriter(s) whose hallmarks are annoyingly sarcastic, wise-ass, quippy dialog. You know: Joss Whedon, Brian Mumblecore Bendis, Sam Raimi, James Gunn, Peter David, Keith Giffen; pick one (or more).
|Fortunately, DC heroes don't treat life-and-death situations flippantly like Marvel heroes do.|
Certainly, there is some true in that. Buffy Masters has much to answer for. You can blame a particular writer whose style that got copied. Or the style of an era (the '90s) coming to its full, monstrous fruition.
|Marvel fans put up with the childish joking of their heroes because as a validation of their own childishness. It's sad, really.|
Sadly, a lot of people who watch superhero movies haven't really read many of the comics that underlie those characters, so I tried to point out the comic book roots of the problem. It's not merely that some modern comic books writer affect a quippy, snarky, flip style of dialog for all characters. It was, in fact, a hallmark of early Marvel comics.
|It's one thing if Marvel heroes want to joke with one another but REAL heroes do not joke with their foes.|
The DCU is a quilt, patched together from different characters created by different creators and a times in different styles, sometimes for different companies. The Marvel superhero universe is an afghan, knit much more coherently with an intentional plan as an integral whole.
|Wise-cracking is just built into Marvel's historical DNA.|
Each approach has pros and cons. DC's Quilt Approach naturally brings variety and diversity, both in characters and styles, which means you have a chance to appeal to more people.
|Marvel heroes just don't take what they are doing seriously enough on a consistent basis.|
It also offers separability and deniability! If some contradictory development crops up between titles you can ignore it more easily. If some title or part of your publishings doesn't work, you can cut it out entirely, and probably patch it up easily.
|Some quippy characters? Sure. But it's EVERYONE in Marvel, making it tedious and oppressive.|
Marvel's Afghan Approach offers coherence and consistency. If read something in one comic, you know it 'counts' in every other; if you liked Title A, you will probably like Title B. Its world-building is organic and, well, more seamless.
|Only Marvel heroes go for the wisecrack rather than use their powers judiciously.|
One of the cons of the integral approach is that a "house style" can be suffocating and unnatural. Everyone looks the same and sounds the same, which isn't how people are. Or, at best there's a small handful of speech patterns assigned based on which stereotype a character most clearly aligns with.
|I think it's the sarcasm, the snarkiness of Marvel characters that really irritates me. Make mine DC.|
If you want to know what those are just read any Jack Kirby story with Fantastic Four or the Newsboy Legion; I'd rather not suffer through them here.
|I'm safe from that sort of non-stop meaningless prattle in DC stories.|
But it just doubles-down on the point: "all Marvel superheroes in the movies talk the same because they are MARVEL heroes." To the degree DC heroes do that in movies, it's because writers are aping Marvel writers (or because Marvel writers have been hired to WRITE DC heroes).
|Marvel can't even manage to allow its cosmic figures maintain their seriousness and dignity.|
It's certainly not because DC heroes naturally or historically speaking with that annoyingly sarcastic, wise-ass quippy dialog style.
|At least Marvel manages to avoid the lowest form of humor: puns.|