This is the final installment of “Universe Lost.” I’m working on a new feature, “Mapping the Multiverse,” which will begin in two weeks to coincide with the season premiere of CW’s The Flash. I’ll also post a couple of standalone entries to fill the gap between now and then.
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From 1978 to 1997, four Superman movies and four Batman movies grossed a total of $1.7 billion, giving DC Comics a virtual monopoly on successful super-hero film adaptations.
Now let’s compare that run to feature films adapting Marvel Comics characters to the big screen between 1978 and 1997.
There was only one: Howard the Duck.
In 1984, DC Comics characters were reaching new levels of media exposure through Kenner’s Super Powers toy line.
1984 comic book ad for Kenner’s Super Powers Collection
The success of the toys prompted a revival of the Super Friends Saturday morning cartoon, the first new episodes of the series to be produced since 1979. The season premiere pitted the Super Friends against Darkseid and his minions for the first time.