Marvel Vs. DC. No, not to fight in the parking lot at Comic-Con, or the online screeching that accompanies a new movie release. The Roku Channel is bringing us a documentary about the two biggest players in comics and their close rivalry. Slugfest.
Slugfest is inspired by Reed Tucker’s book of the same name. There will be interviews, behind-the-scenes weeks, and re-enactments of historical events as the story unfolds. Kevin Smith will narrate the series, which is produced by Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
This is nothing to do with the special comic event in 1996, the cross-over miniseries DC vs. Marvel (or, for issues 2 & 3, Marvel vs. DC) which was published as two issues by each of the comics powerhouses to complete the four.
That series was written by Ron Marz and Peter David, with art by Dan Jurgens and Claudio Castellini.
The special crossover series pitted Marvel Comics superheroes against their DC counterparts in a battle. The outcome of each battle was determined by a reader ballot, which was distributed in advance to comic book stores. Life before the internet, a simpler time!
Two god-like Brothers who personify the DC and Marvel Universes each become aware of the other’s existence and challenge one another to a series of duels involving each universe’s respective superheroes, including Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man. The losing universe would cease to exist. The story had an “out of universe” component in that the outcomes of the primary battles were determined by the readers’ votes.
Numerous smaller, story-driven skirmishes occur throughout the series, not counted with the primary duels meant to determine the outcome between the Brothers.
Don Argott and Sheena M. Joy (Slow Learners, Batman & Bill) are directing Slugfest. This series was a Quibi idea but when that mobile-first streamer folded it was reworked for Roku.
This will be out on December 24th, just in time for Dad’s everywhere to watch after the kids finally go to bed that night.
There is a rumor out there that both DC and Marvel have had very tentative chats with James Gunn, who has worked with both, about how he would go about crafting a crossover event in live-action cinema.