Why Stan Lee wishes Bob Kane were alive to see Marvel's movie success

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Apr 3, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT (Updated)

Stan Lee would love it if another famous comics personality were still around to see his characters shining on the big screen.

Even at 91, Stan the Man is still very much the face of Marvel Comics, and every time Marvel-based movies loom on the horizon, he's there to plug them and to tease us about his inevitable cameo. His enthusiam is infectious, and his status as a legend in the comic-book industry is unshakeable for many fans, so it's no surprise to see him out and about once again on the week that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released, and with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 less than a month away.

In a new interview with Bloomberg TV, Lee once again stepped up to talk about the enduring power of Marvel's superheroes as they head for another year of box-office glory. When asked about Marvel's success in relation to the superhero success of Warner Bros. -- which adapts films from DC Comics -- Lee brought up an old friend of his: Bob Kane, who is best known for the creation of Batman, though he didn't exactly do much by himself on that front. Kane died in 1998, but by then he'd already lived long enough to see Batman appear in a live-action TV series, an acclaimed animated series and four feature films. 

Kane was never exactly known for his humility, and apparently he enjoyed ribbing Lee about the major live-action successes of Batman while Marvel's superheroes hadn't yet flourished on the silver screen. So, when Lee was asked about Warner Bros., he couldn't help but remember Kane and sneak in a little dig about the superiority of Marvel's characters.

“I wish my friend Bob Kane were still with us — he’s the fellow who created Batman,” Lee said. “Bob always used to tease me about the fact that Batman was a big deal on television and in movies, and we at Marvel had done nothing. I wish he was here now so I could return that teasing. A character should be somebody that the reader, or viewer, really cares about, and maybe at Marvel we put a little more effort into refining the characteristics and the nature of our heroes, maybe a little more effort than they have on the other side of the aisle.”

Batman's been no slouch at the box office, but it's hard to deny it would be fun to see Kane's face after hearing how much money The Avengers made.

Check out Lee's full thoughts on Marvel at the movies, plus his currenct POW! Entertainment work, in the video below.

(Via CBR)