When Will Marvel and DC Fill This Box Office Hole?

Both Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) DC Entertainment and Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) Marvel Studios are missing an opportunity by not making wide-release animated superhero films, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

DC and Marvel each have properties well-suited for animated features. Look at Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, a July direct-to-DVD, Blu-ray, and digital release that rivaled Man of Steel in terms of depth and story, Tim argues.

DC's last try at putting its superheroes on the big screen came in 1993, with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Box Office Mojo puts the gate at just over $5 million while DVD sales brought the total haul above $6 million.

In the 20 years since, DC has established a track record of producing excellent direct-to-video releases. Taking the same formula and adding the marketing dollars for a wide release could help Warner boost profits while introducing lesser-known characters ahead of DC's forthcoming slate of live-action features. Either way, Time Warner investors win.

But don't take Tim's word for it -- look at the box office totals. Super-powered movies have been some of the highest-grossing films of all time, and as these franchises continue to grow, the numbers are only going to get more impressive. The Motley Fool's new free report "Your Ticket to Cash In on the Superhero Battle of the Century" details what you need to know to profit from your favorite superheroes. Click here to read the full report!

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  • Report this Comment On August 23, 2013, at 9:29 PM, cubsblue23 wrote:

    Marvel has Big Hero Six scheduled for release in 2014.

  • Report this Comment On August 24, 2013, at 12:57 AM, chobits wrote:

    I'm surprised DC hasn't created a Teens Titan film yet! With both the original and new version of the shows doing so well on Cartoon Network! I would be so down for an animated/CGI film on the big screen too! They could do anything in that medium!

  • Report this Comment On August 24, 2013, at 9:10 AM, tstjohn84 wrote:

    Marvel already has one well in the works. With Disney they are working on an animated adaptation of Big Hero Six, a Japanese super group composed of obscure heroes like Baymax and Sunfire.

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