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I recently had a conversation with a friend about where Marvel and DC stand as far as how much money they pull in at the movies. I said, "Well, obviously Marvel. Spider-Man's been killing it for more than a decade, no matter what you think of the reboot." To which she only replied, "Batman."

I thought she had me, of course. Hollywood has been making adaptations for DC comics characters for years longer than its main rival. Meanwhile, it took Marvel until the end of the 20th century to make movies that could even in passing be considered good. Remember Howard the Duck?