The Avengers arrives in theaters and brings Iron Man, Thor and Captain America together to battle a great evil force. The reviews – so far – have been great, and the film promises to kick off summer in a big way.

But this isn’t the movie that I’m most excited about this summer. Not by a long shot. My most-anticipated movie of the summer is The Dark Knight Rises – the eagerly-anticipated final chapter in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy.

Fellow Screen Ranter Rob Frappier previously wrote about the 5 reasons he is more excited about The Avengers than TDKR, and I jumped at the chance to give a counterpoint. Here’s my list of 5 reasons I’m looking forward more to Batman returning to the big screen than I am about The Avengers.

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