‘Captain America: Civil War’ Was Made Because Of ‘Batman v Superman’


Joe and Anthony Russo have taken on a major part of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Captain America: Civil War to Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2, it’s clear that they are leaving a lasting mark in comic book movie history.

The brothers have secured financing for Anthem & Song, which is a studio based in Los Angeles and Beijing. This studio is helping to produce and develop Chinese-language films for the growing movie market in China. The Russos are planning on having two films in production by the end of 2017 and have been visiting China regularly.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter while in China, The Russos opened up about their plans within Marvel and how Batman v Superman helped to inspire Captain America: Civil War.

“There have been 11 or 12 movies so far, all with a fairly traditional structure. Our pitch to them was: People will tell you they love chocolate ice cream — until you give it to them five days a week. It’s time to give them some rainbow sherbet. Kevin [Feige] is a maverick and he’s very sensitive to how people are responding to his content. He said he thought we might be right. And after they announced Batman v. Superman, he said, ‘you guys are absolutely right.’ We needed to do something challenging with the material or we were going to start to lose the audience.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter 



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  • Joseph Chaisson

    So in mid sentence they started to repeat them selves?

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  • delta_one

    I read that twice. I read that twice.

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  • Steve Steve

    Interesting that they threw a shout-out to DC there. It’s also interesting that BvS was announced while the Russos were filming Winter Soldier. I wonder when they were making their pitch, given Civil War was announced 15 months later than BvS.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Oh Lawsy, now why they gotta go and reveal some shytt like that??? – Now I gotta suffer all the dc fangurls rubbin’ this all over Marvel fans faces…Hell, I guess the only reason J Magwood and Samurai136 hasn’t chimed in is cuz they’re currently dehydrated from sploogin’ all of their dc nerd fluids on their monitors.

    • Axxell

      It’s a click bait headline; the Russos aren’t saying the movie happened BECAUSE of BvS. What they said was that BvS vindicated what they had ALREADY pitched to Feige.

      • Marquis de Sade

        Thanks for clarifyin’ that. Next time I’ll read the whole article, instead of the headline, cuz Gawd knows, the the bitter taste of crow gives me a terrible case of the winds. LOL!

  • Blackinteligence

    Aboslutley nothing wrong here. Its good for the genre that all 4 players (Sony, Fox, Marvel Proper and DC) keep inspiring each other. As a DC fan I want the entire genre to keep growing. No time to fight Marvel fans.

  • ArtimusGG

    Very interesting that MCU is doing much better than DCEU yet they’re following what DCEU is doing. I think they are seeing a drop off in interest in the movies and saw what DCEU was doing with BvS and decided to go that route.

    I have even more respect for Snyder and the DCEU doing what they did with BvS. They could have Force Awakens their way into the DCEU and just given the fan what they wanted, but they gave a couple of films that have completely shaken the core of what being a comic book movie is all about.

    Props to them and I hope they find better footing in their future films. As for MCU I’m glad they’re looking to shake things up a bit I think their films are getting a bit stale and changing it up would give their shared universe more longevity.

    • Dan McCarney

      “they gave a couple of films that have completely shaken the core of what being a comic book movie is all about.”

      Statements like this amuse me to no end. Like Zack “Do You Even Lift, Bro?” Snyder is the second coming of Stanley Kubrick. (Spoiler alert: He’s not.)

      And if Warner Brothers could have produced a film even remotely close to the popularity and financial success of Force Awakens, they would have done it in a heartbeat. Every studio would. It wasn’t a choice, or an artistic statement. That’s what independent films are for. These are giant, blockbuster tentpoles, designed to appeal to the widest audience possible.

      Snyder simply isn’t capable of producing that kind of success.

      • ArtimusGG

        I’m glad I amuse you, makes me feel good about myself.

        That’s just my opinion about what Snyder has done and how Force Awakens was an uninspired treck into familiar but probably financially successful waters. Compare that to Watchmen, Man of Steel, or BvS and you can see why I admire Snyder’s balls to do something unique and take risks.

        • Dan McCarney

          I don’t disagree that Force Awakens was uninspired. And I cannot argue that Snyder is not an auteur. But I will definitely disagree, quite strenuously, that he’s done anything remotely approaching “shaking the core of what a comic movie is all about.” Trying to do something unique is nice and all, but at the end of the day it’s about execution. He’s a meathead dude bro who makes the only movies he’s capable of making — pretentious, overblown exercises of style over substance.

          • ArtimusGG

            I respect your opinion, and there is a swath of people who would agree with your assessment of his personality. I don’t know him enough to say what kind of person he is, I can only judge him as a director based on his work.

            And in that regard, 300 was very influential in bringing comic book movies to the big screen in new and inspiring ways. Watchmen was of course a big deal but that’s more due to the source material than Snyder, though his execution in that movie was beyond reproach in my opinion.

            But more importantly, the fact that he didn’t just give us a new-age Donner Superman or a Nolanesque Batman in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman does give evidence that he is a unique director that tries new things.

            Transformers I would say is all style with little to no substance, MoS and BvS are style and substance. It’s not just pretty pictures, he messes with the ideas and concepts behind the characters because he understands what our expectations of seeing them in film are, Superman the symbol of good and hope and Batman the symbol of righteous justice.


    This is nothing but typical pro-Marvel spin. For one thing, Marvel characters have been fighting each other long before the Russo’s arrived on the scene; back since IM2. And they’ve been fighting each other in the comics alot longer than that; for almost 2 decades. So how exactly is that something that’s considered “deconstructionist”?

    What DC did with MOS and BVS was deconstructionist. What Marvel is doing is just your flavor of the month, Superhero brawl, complete with jokes and teenage dialogue. And for the folks that think that Marvel does movies better: they certainly are more popular, so even if you wanna make that argument, stop pretending like DC doesn’t have Marvel beat in other aspects. DC is dominating all other franchises when it comes to live TV, animation, and video games.

    In case people don’t realize, movies are not the only form of entertainment in town, even though that’s what Marvel would have everyone believe.

    • Steve Steve

      You mean the kings of Netflix Marvel? That Marvel? Couldn’t be them. They only care about theatrical releases…

    • Marquis de Sade

      LOL! Now this here is the SAMMY we’ve come to SHAKE OUR HEAD (with a confused “huh???”) AT, and then laugh our collective azzez off.





      • Investigatin Detective

        When you’re movies are that bad you have to fall back on other forms of media. DC has nicer lunch boxes and backpacks too.

  • Vinayak

    What pretty much everyone who follows the whole comic book movie parade knew the minute Civil War was announced.

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