Marvel and DC have always been at odds. Whether at comics, movies of even video games. Today though j thought we’d focus on a different form of media for the two behemoths, the television shows. Now I’ll only be focusing on the current shows that are on the air. So that means no 60’s Batman or Lou Ferrigno Incredible Hulk this time out folks, and to be even maker specific I’ll be focusing on the big two of each company. In this case DC’s Arrow and The Flash and Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones. So with that in mind let’s get started.

So let’s start with the DC side. Arrow is what kick started The current DC Television Universe back in 2012. It received critical acclaim from the beginning as fans finally got to see another hero besides Batman or Superman take center stage. Stephen Amell portrays the Emerald Archer this time out and he kills it! He’s got the looks and personality down to the letter and you truly feel that he cares for Stat City and its people. Critics also loved it as it received numerous awards from various websites as “best summer action series”. While there has been some criticism of the show itself recently, for example: many of the villains in Green Arrow are more relatable to say Batman. Ra’s Al Ghul for example and his use of the Lazarus Pit is very similar to the portrayal of him in Batman Begins and while it is no means a bad thing, it does feel I am at times watching a Batman series than a Green Arrow one. It’s still a very solid show that I definitely recommend you give a watch if you haven’t already, especially the first 2 seasons as there are some amazing action sequences that will leave you pumped.

The next DC Show that followed suit is The Flash, which actually got its start on Arrow. Barry Allen (portrayed by Grant Gustin) makes a cameo appearance in a few episodes of Arrow’s season 2, he doesn’t do much in the way of superhero-ing as this is before he becomes the Flash, fans of DC could guess as to what would happen though. The Flash eventually got his own show in 2014 and it’s been considered even better than Arrow. While it still has its serious moments (especially during the second season) it has more of a “fun” atmosphere to it. I mean there’s a whole episode dedicated to the Flash in how because of his super fast metabolism he can’t get drunk. If that’s not silly I’m not sure what is.

The best way to describe the DC shows is… Fun and friendly. For the most part that is. Almost the exact opposite of DC’s films currently which might be the reason their television universe is doing so well.

Now I like to begin with the Marvel side. Now Marvel’s big two are both on Netflix and they’re able to be way more mature than DC’s TV Shows. Let me tell you. They don’t play around. Daredevil is probably one of the best television shows I’ve ever seen period. The characters are great and realistic, they deal with real problems. Matt Murdock (played wonderfully by Charlie Cox) at his core is a blind man in Hell’s Kitchen. Yet is a braver man than I to be able to go around and beat up thugs left and right. The violence in this show is equally as realistic, we see murder, arson, drug use. Marvel doesn’t hide any of the grittiness of what life would really be like for a Vigilante and to me that’s simply amazing. Season 2 adds more characters from the Marvel universe. Punisher (played by Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal) for example has an amazing arc in which he’s framed for the murder of “very important” people and considering he’s a one man army the body count was high.

Last series I’ll be talking about will be Marvel’s Jessica Jones. The most recent series out of the ones listed so far Jessica Jones ended up being even more dark and gritty than Daredevil. Jessica (played by Krysten Ritter) is a no nonsense hard drinking mess of a former superhero who becomes a Private Investigator. Oh and she’s dating Luke Cage so she’s got that going for her.

The villain is no joke either Killgrave (played by David Tenant) had the ability to control the actions of others with the pheromones in his body…and he puts them to use causing death and destruction wherever he goes.

Also Jessica Jones is known for its pretty raunchy scene. I mean the whole series begins with a sex scene.

In case you haven’t guessed already the Netflix Marvel shows are not for kids. Though to be fair there is no real way to portray the stories of Daredevil and Jessica Jones in a way suitable for kids. Once again it goes an opposite direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which it’s more fun and friendly than its DC counterpart.

DC and Marvel. Both comic studios that have millions of fans and while similar in ways even somehow end up being completely different in how the handle certain media. If I had to choose favorites I would have to go with DC’s shows. It’s characters that I already know and enjoy seeing stories about, had a fun feeling surrounding it most of the time and showing that while it’s tough to be a hero. It’s also rewarding. I have to give props to Marvel’s shows of course. They’ve taken two relatively unknown characters (Jessica Jones more specifically) and made them true icons. Before the shoes premiered all we had in terms of Daredevil was the Affleck film….which was a learning experience I’m sure. All in all its preference. If you’d like your stories to be happy for the most part and see great special effects DC should be your pick. But if you like gritty, dark and maturity done right. Then marvel is for you.