Best Superhero Movie of Summer 2012If you're a superhero fan, or a movie fan, or a superhero movie fan, then you were probably looking forward to the summer of 2012 long before it actually arrived. Marvel kicked off the season with their superhero team-up event, The Avengers; Sony went for a (semi-)fresh start with their reboot film The Amazing Spider-Man, and Christopher Nolan closed out his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. Indeed, it has been a most (the most?) epic summer for superhero movies - but which one did you like the best? We look back at the strengths and weaknesses (because yes, they all had some) of the "big 3" in summer 2012, to declare which superhero (or heroes) will take home the crown. And before there are any "apples and oranges" objections: the particular type of apple we're looking at is superhero movies. Therefore, all three of our contestants qualify.
WARNING!!! THE FOLLOWING PAGES (AND COMMENTS) COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR ALL 3 FILMS!!!
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
And the Winner is...We don't think many people would argue that The Amazing Spider-Man earns the third-place slot, but between The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises: Marvel's epic team-up event left many moviegoers roaring with applause and warm with the feeling of having had a very good time at the theater. It appealed to just about everyone, and very few people came away upset with the job that Marvel and the cast/director had done. It remains to be to be seen if Dark Knight Rises provides moviegoers with anything more than the catharsis of seeing Nolan's trilogy reach its end. It's not going to be a movie for everyone, and a very vocal contingent of fans will likely pop-up once again to decry the Nolan's interpretation of the source material. TDKR also has real-life tragedy forever attached to its memory, and that kind of thing puts a serious damper on what should be a carefree geeky debate. In the long run, maybe TDKR will turn out to be the more revered film - but right now, in the hot, wild, summer of 2012, we're calling it this way:
- The Avengers
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Amazing Spider-Man