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The Avengers vs. The Dark Knight Rises! Which Comic Movie Was The Best In 2012?

Updated on September 19, 2013

2012 was an exciting year for comic book fans, and the year released two of the most highly anticipated comic book movies: The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises!

It was inevitable that these two giants would go toe-to-toe at the box office, but the fight wasn't just about dollars and cents. Not for many comic fans at least.

Of course, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises sparked a well-expected debate amongst comic fans about which movie will better. This was argued even before either film was even released.Those fans loyal to either the Marvel or DC camp passionately let their voices be heard on which would be the better film of 2012, fueling the anticipation and hype even further.

And the hype for both movies was rabid. So rabid in fact it seemed that other comic book movies such as the rebooted Spidey flick, The Amazing Spider-Man, seemed to seriously get lost in the shuffle.

The Avengers

Lead by Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon, The Avengers was the most hyped up movie of 2012. There's no doubt that Marvel had built this anticipation by becoming the first to cross over their film characters like in the comics and establishing a shared cinematic universe. The Avengers was the first epic comic book film cross-over and marked movie history.

For the first time, we got to see Marvel's beloved comic characters Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, and Nick Fury ban together on screen. Would it be over-kill? Would it be cheesy? Would it even work are some of the questions that loomed over this film.

I admit that I was nervous about this epic event. Thor and Captain America if done wrong could've easily brought this film into the cheesy stratosphere. In previous hubs, I worried about Cap's costume more. As for Thor...well, Thor was one of those comic characters that I just couldn't picture translating well on screen.

While we eagerly awaited the final verdict of seeing it for ourselves, Marvel confidently continued to add to the excitement with tons of media and press. It wasn't just a film they believed they were making. It was an event.

The release of Thor put me a bit at ease. I was impressed at how they translated the character to screen, and how Marvel/Disney ingeniously evaded the cheese factor.

As for Captain America: The First Avenger, the movie calmed me down about the costume. Actually, the costume was great! However, I had to warm up to the actual movie. The first time I saw it, I was not overly impressed by it. I didn't hate it, but it was luke warm to me.

Although many favored Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man to carry the show in the Avengers, the film had a shocking outcome. The Incredible Hulk actually stole the show and smashed his way with laughter and non-stop awesomeness!

After watching the film once, most comic fans were at ease. All the actors and characters gelled fine, it was entertaining, the special effects were awesome, the action superb, the story wasn't too bad, and many fans were finally given us more than we expected - Superheroes going toe-to-toe with one another! The Hulk vs. Thor! C'mon, it doesn't get much better than that.

The vision and methodical, patient build up for each previous comic book film to tie into each other paid off. The Avengers was a gigantic hit at the box office, and is currently the highest grossing comic book movie to date, beating out Chris Nolan's golden jewel, The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight Rises!

On the other end of the spectrum we have a movie that was wrapping up to be one of the best comic book movie trilogies ever on film. Well, that was if The Dark Knight Rises was any good that is. While Chris Nolan took the Batman mythos and made it more realistic and plausible, it was still up in the air and a bit concerning.

Yes, many fans were worried about how Bane would be portrayed. After all, the character already appeared in a previous Batman flick and was absolutely terrible. Many were confident with Christian Bale, but what about this Tom Hardy guy? Would he be able to pull off the only villain who "Broke The Batman's Back" in the comic books?

Even more of a worry was how Catwoman would be portrayed, for Warner had yet to get a decent portrayal of one of Batman's oldest recurring foes. When it was announced that Anne Hathaway would fill the Catwoman suit, some fans were a bit skeptical.

Along with this concern, Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises was highly anticipated! Everyone was curious to see how the last and final chapter would stack up to the greatness of The Dark Knight. Yes, the incredible performance by Heath Ledger as The Joker did seem to loom over The Dark Knight Rises final verdict of good or great. After all, a hero is only as great as his villains, and a story is only as great as the turmoil the villain puts our hero through.

We were also curious to see how the last chapter would wrap up Nolan's Batman saga. This anticipation also worked for the movie and it beat out its predecessor's worldwide gross, making it the second highest grossing comic book movie of all time.

As for my humble opinion, I thought The Dark Knight Rises was the weakest link of Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy. I didn't much care for Bane, and the effect they used on his voice to make it so loud and booming was annoying to me. It seemed to cut through everything and was distracting.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? The best portrayal of the character so far in film. I was glad they finally portrayed the character correctly.

All in all, Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy is a master piece. It's, perhaps, the best comic book trilogy ever in film to date.

Now that 2012 is over and both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have long been out of the box office it's time to find out which titan was 2012s best comic book movie. Yes, both movies are awesome, and there are a variety of reasons to cast your vote either way.

However, let the studios worry about the nickel and dimes at the box office. This is about which film you thought was better, not box office earnings.

Only one movie can be the best comic book flick of 2012. Be sure to cast your vote below.


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      Deakwon 3 years ago

      Do you know the true purpose of ice cubes shaepd like people's heads? It's to help identify the portion of the people who are most likely to become zombies. After all, if someone takes emmense glee in crunching ice cube heads; then they likely would feel the same about crunching living heads (once they're undead).Melted face vs being a Nazi? Uhhh, I can choose neither?Avengers: In a very uncharacteristic move, I've been to the theatre to watch Avengers twice.Indiana Jones: The only good thing one can say about Temple of Doom is that it didn't suck as bad as Crystal Skull.Spiderman 3 was full of meh. But as for the Iron Man movies being so much better, I don't think you've got much of a case. Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Tony Stark might be more interesting than Toby McGuire's portrayal of Peter Parker, but the movie is more than the primary character. When we start looking more at other characters in the movies, such as the villains (Spiderman 2, Doc Oc, Alfred Molina), then we can really see how Spiderman shines while Iron Man rusts.Also I just have trouble seeing the people going back to Iron Man movies in 20 years and saying the movies are good (fun, no problem; good, no).William: Not a Wheadon fan?!?!? We're going to have to take away your Geek card now. Avengers (cont): I wasn't as sold on Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of Dr. Banner. It was as though everytime he was pulling himself back to be the unassuming scientist, it was a struggle for the actor to do so rather than the character. Like Tony, I'd seen all of the movie (excluding the Hulk) prior to seeing the Avengers. Additionally, the comics I tended to read are not the ones that seem likely to be made into major motion pictures, so I found out from some of my comic book geek friends that the Avengers was loaded with references from the comics. For example, in the 70 s Tony Stark apparently frequently used live-model doubles (mentioned when Tony takes Agent Coulson's call and claims to be a live-model double) that were always getting killed or kidnapped or something. I don't know that the Pepper Potts scenes would have seemed out of place to somebody unfamiliar with either the source material or the previous movies. Pepper would have just come off as Tony's SO.Stan Lee: Yup, it took long enough for him to show up that I was wondering if I'd missed some announcement of him being too ill to do it or something.Marvel's cinematic success: I think it's not really they're willingness to reboot characters, so much as it's they're ability to plan ahead. The Avenger's movie has been in planning since what prior to Iron Man 1? And the entire time they've been making the other movies building up to the Avengers, they've worked to build backstory into the other movies. On the other hand, DC seems to give complete creative control to whoever is doing each of their movies and so each film maker does whatever the heck they want. This means no backstory building for other DC films, which means we don't have a Justice League movie. This is a real shame, because it wouldn't have taken much to put bits of backstory into the other DC films. Though it does mean we wouldn't have had Nolan's Dark Knight films.Ghost Rider: I saw the first one and I just don't get the hate people have for it. The movie was exactly as bad as the comics ever were. It wasn't a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it was fun.John Carter: This was a fine action/sci-fi film, but it had just awful marketing.First 3 Williams: I really miss William 2. *sigh*Drama: One of the problems we have in judging the quality of US vs UK dramas is that only a fraction (presumably the best of what they make) of what the UK produces ever makes it to across the pond.One mocks the werepenguin at one's peril .Castle: I could say something, but I refuse to risk spoiling it for you.

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      I agree trusouldj, I enjoyed the Avengers more than The Dark Knight Rises. WB and DC could transfer these characters to the screen, but I don't think they have the right creative think tank. They seem pretty lost about what to do with their library of standard comic characters, meaning The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Hawkman, etc.

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      trusouldj 4 years ago

      The Avengers was better for me. There had been such a concentrated effort in connecting the pieces over the years. The Avengers film was the final payoff. Just imagine if DC had the forsight to do the same thing. When actually they've had a foothold on the television market for years. They could have easily just tranfered to film from any one of their tv properties, in particular: The Flash, Superman, Birds of Prey. But what do I know, I'm only a long time fan.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Comic book fans are the core base for comic book movies. It's well-noted by the movie studios that if you do not have the support of comic book fans, the movie will most likely flop ie Green Lantern, ie Superman Returns, ie Ghost Rider 2 The Spirit of Vengeance.

      There's a reason why big movie studios have infiltrated major comic book conventions and why their stars go to them to promote the movie to the comic book world.

      Sure, they are different entities, but comic fans want to see a resemblance of their favorite comic book hero on screen. If not, they'll be the first to make an uproar about it after seeing it. Heck they're the first to make an uproar about it even before a comic book flick comes out. Just look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans and their reaction when Michael Bay announced that the characters would not be mutated turtles but aliens from outer space, hence why the name of the reboot is called Ninja Turtles and dropped the Mutant.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Lol Steve Lensman, long time and good to hear from you as usual.

      I'm also looking forward to Man of Steel, but it's more of a curiosity of "Jeez, I hope it's good" than a "Oh my God, that looks awesome I have to see it!" curiosity.

      I was a lot more confident with the Avengers being awesome than I was with The Dark Knight Rises. I think The Dark Knight is probably the best comic book movie to date, and TDKR the weakest out of the trilogy. But we all have our opinions.

      I like 3-D also, and some movies I refuse to watch unless it's in 3-D. I know more people who can't stand 3-D flicks than I do who like them, but oh well.

      Thanks for chiming in. Your thoughts are always appreciated.

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      James Robertson 5 years ago from Texas

      It's funny that you bring up comic book fans and both of these movies. Although I personally like both movies I have to treat both of them as completely different entities from the comic world.

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      I voted for Green Lantern... oh wait wrong year! :)

      Hi rabbit75, I enjoyed both Batman and the Avengers but I'll go with Avengers. Batman was a bit dark and humourless, but than all of Chris Nolan's films have been dark and humourless thats how he likes them.

      That said I enjoyed Dark Knight Rises a lot more than the previous 2 Batman films.

      I have a 3D set up at home and I've already watched the Avengers a number of times in 3D and once in 2D, I have a friend who hates wearing the glasses.

      Sort of looking forward to Superman Rises or whatever its called.


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