The Avengers Vs. the Dark Knight Rises! Which Comic Movie Was the Best in 2012?
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.
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.
WAS THE AVENGERS THE BEST COMIC MOVIE OF 2012 OR WAS IT THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?
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