By Comic Relief
If you were a huge comics culture enthusiast or superhero character fanboy you can’t help but wonder why DC has no ability to compete with Marvel. There are sites on the web that spend 24/7 arguing about this issue. This article attempts to speculate about what barriers stand in the way of action/adventure competitive DC comics. Yet we first need to make a detour in entertainment genres.
Unfortunately we do not do not discuss sports enough at LIH, so parts of the next presentation may seem a little jarring. But please be patient with the introduction, you need some set up to adapt to the questions that this article is asking.
If you are an American sports fanatic, there’s no bigger story than what team will NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning choose for his next team. Not to be confused with his father, former Quarterback Archie Manning or his younger brother current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Nationally of any professional athlete, despite his recent injury, surgery and recovery, Quarterback Peyton Manning is the player to watch.
Why because at 36, 6 ft. 5 in and 230 lb., Manning isn’t so much a young man in professional sports as he is an extremely accomplished professional. Though professionals are vital longer than in the past, his age would place him in his later career. A free agent after fourteen seasons (from 1998 to 2011) with the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning is looking to sign with the last team that would give him a shot at a Super Bowl. Yet this is dependent on whether he makes the right team selection. Fortunately there are many cities that want him to sign with them. Why?
Because with an extremely successful passing record, he completes 4,682 of the 7,210 passes he attempts, there’s very little reason to doubt his qualifications for winning the Pro Bowl MVP in 2005, being a Super Bowl champion (XLI) in 2006 or a Super Bowl MVP (XLI) of the same year. For the Indianapolis Colts he is the all-time leader in career wins, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions and passing yards .
Below please find evidence of the fan obsession surrounding the Indiana quarterback and past super bowl winner.
Just like professional football players, professionals in the entertainment industry can be quantified and statistically evaluated also. In fact it happens everyday.
When a professional Director like Joss Whedon is contacted to put in a bid to direct a new the Avengers film all of his stats are reviewed to determine what he might be able to offer that hiring company. Commanding millions of dollars, that studio or company would have a lot to lose if the choice of professional isn’t right. If the professional doesn’t know how to work with the professionals he has hired, the dramatic results will not likely be convincing to audiences. If the professional’s instincts are not fine enough he may not forecast what audiences want to see or pay for. And if the director doesn’t understand the history of the genre or what will likely be distributed at the same time, as the film he’s making will likely misinterpret what will be satisfying to viewing audiences. All information pertaining to these considerations should appear within the prospectus to direct the film in question.
When company’s in competitive fields attempt to: 1. Protect their current market share within the field, 2. Protect company secrets, and 3. Restrict or halt discussions of their working processes that can be copied or distributed; they sometimes place restrictive covenants within the contracts. Restrictive covenants basically say that working processes cannot be divulged for the public or other employers in employment interviews or within the course of working for a new employer. In this situation an employer can be said to have a proprietary interest in keeping their professional secrets confidential . There’s no way to know whether any director who worked with Marvel was ever required to sign any restrictive covenants, yet his conduct at a recent interview might provide some clues regarding his contract signing process.
Writer Michael Leader recounts Joss’ statements; “he told us that “they really did let me make my own film“. He continued:
- “They said, ‘here are the things we need; here is the villain, we want this to happen; we need the conflict here; here’s the third act, it will involve the following’. Which I’m fine with. That’s great, give me the parameters, because then I know where I’m going, and it does some of the legwork for me. And I know what their agenda is in terms of style, and what we’re delivering, in terms of thrills and the adherence to the Marvel universe, with which I’m very familiar.”
- “But it was like comics, because they didn’t interfere. I told them ‘this is the kind of movie I want to make’, and they said ‘all right, make that movie’. And that is what happened. And they were as unmeddlesome as any studio I’ve ever worked with, even though they had the very strict touchstones that had to happen. So it was a weirdly free experience .”
Given the details offered from his interview, do you believe Joss Whedon was required to sign restrictive covenants? Do you believe his expression of these details would be a direct challenge to a restrictive covenants contractual agreement?
Please join our discussion Tuesday 3/13/2012@7pmEST/12UTC