Geek Movie Debate: Summer 2011 vs. Summer 2012

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Summer 2011 Movies vs. Summer 2012 Movies Geek Movie Debate: Summer 2011 vs. Summer 2012

The Mayans may be prepping for the worst in 2012, but movie fans can expect one of the most exciting summers in history. After last week’s Warner Bros./IMAX announcement and the recent G.I. Joe 2 target release date news, the 2012 movie schedule now includes five films that give superhero and sci-fi fans reason to salivate. As news continues to roll in and release dates shuffle, the list could get even bigger.

Between The Avengers and Batman 3, there’s already enough on the summer 2012 movie slate to inspire geekgasms, but the addition of some highly-anticipated reboots and sequels set it up nicely against an already filled-out summer of 2011, which features a slew of big-time superhero movies geeks have been dying to see .

Regardless of how awesome  it may look in our summer movie trailer mash-up, in comparison to 2011 and 2012, summer 2010 is as feeble as Christian Bale in The Machinist. The expectations for 2011 and 2012 are already through the roof, as some of the most ambitious tentpole films ever imagined will be fighting for the hearts of geeks and fanboys everywhere. So you be the judge of which summer looks the most appealing.

Here’s a list of the major “geek films” being released during the next two summer seasons:


Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover 2, Mission: Impossible IV, Green Lantern, Transformers 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.


Batman 3, The Avengers, Battleship, Star Trek 2, G.I. Joe 2, Spider-Man reboot and the Superman reboot (technically Supes would be released during the holiday season, but we’re throwing it in here anyway due to its high geek factor).

Let’s dissect these two summers and determine the best. It’s really up to you, but I’m here to help.


DC vs. Marvel Geek Movie Debate: Summer 2011 vs. Summer 2012

There is a fascinating DC vs. Marvel movie battle heating up. Two Marvel staples finally make their way to the big screen in 2011 with Thor and Captain America, while DC attempts to lure in the comic crowd with their own character new to the movie circuit, Green Lantern.

2012 is DC’s turn with two of the most adapted superheroes, Superman and Batman, revisiting the silver screen. For all the people wishing for a collaborative film between the two iconic characters, at least they’ll both have movies out in the same year. It’s a start. Marvel sneaks into the mix with what hopes to be a fitting reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.

But it is Marvel’s The Avengers, scheduled for May 4th, 2012, that claims the victor. Sure, Batman 3 is one of the most anticipated films in recent memory – but the fusion of multiple Marvel Movies all coming together for The Avengers is an unprecedented movie event.


Sequel Heaven Geek Movie Debate: Summer 2011 vs. Summer 2012

If you are of the opinion that sequels never improve upon the original, the summers of 2011 and 2012 may not be for you. Between the two years there are eight major sequels, only two of which the collective audiences will likely scoff at.


Jack Sparrow will continue his sensational adventures with some new sidekicks in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Rob Marshall will attempt to keep the ship afloat with newbies to the franchise Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane.

The three best friends that anybody could have will find themselves in ridiculous scenarios again in The Hangover 2. The entire cast will return, along with director Todd Phillips. What’s nice is the intention to create a sequel came from the artists, not the studio. So, instead of a rushed, studio-driven sequel to attract every last cent of the public’s money, we will get a genuine follow-up.

voldemort poster Geek Movie Debate: Summer 2011 vs. Summer 2012

The final chapter in the Harry Potter franchise will release next summer, closing the book on one of the most revered literary adaptations in history. Warner Bros. has announced they will turn their focus almost entirely on DC superhero movies as their tentpoles after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. According to the 2012 schedule, they are poised to do just that.

Transformers 3 and Mission: Impossible IV close out 2011’s blockbuster sequels. The leads of both franchises return, but details on each film are few and far between. Though Transformers 3 begins filming in Chicago in early July, all we know about both movies is they continue two of the biggest blockbuster franchises out there.


While 2012 has fewer sequels, they are still quite prevalent. The very existence of a G.I. Joe 2 is disappointing, almost giving the grand prize to the 2011 summer. But with the aforementioned Batman 3 and Star Trek 2, there is enough explosive power to keep geeks on the edge of their seats.


Ironically, the two remaining tentpole films we need to discuss are pretty similar. Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens (2011) and Peter Berg’s Battleship (2012) will pit aliens versus mankind in some relatively original ways. The latter will give aliens a chance to take over the seas, while the former gives the western a makeover worthy of director Roland Emmerich’s approval.

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Cowboys & Aliens - thankfully, the closest thing we'll get to a western directed by Roland Emmerich.

With more currently on the plate for 2011 (it’s still early for 2012 dates), and possibly one of the most expensive years of productions ever, the race is extremely tight. In terms of expectations, both summer 2011 and 2012 will have the potential to break box office records, but thanks to Batman 3 and The Avengers, 2012 gets the vote on my most anticipated ballot.

If you had your pick of summers to fast-forward to, which would it be? Summer 2011 or Summer 2012? Debate in the comments section below.

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  1. 2011 is much bigger than Summer 2008. 2011 has Thor=IM. TF2/DHII=TDK+300M. Then you got a bunch more coming out in 2011.

    • I agree that 2011 will be a much bigger year for the movies than 2012. I personally think Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans will single handedly ruin their two movies. They’re both awful actors. Chris Hemsworth at least actually looks right for the role of Thor. My money is on that with a third Batman for 2012(which I believe will be another exception to the rule of sequels never improve on their predecessors) that movie alone will gain at least a quarter of 2011’s total box office for all other super hero movies alone.

  2. 2012 now has MI4 for December and MiBIII for Summer 2012. 2011 now has Planet of the Apes and Super 8 and First Class.

  3. Whats even better Obama will lose the election that november

  4. I have to go with 2011. You’ve got movies for half of the members of the Avengers, and Cowboys and Aliens looks to be a thoroughly original movie, which is refreshing in the land of sequels and reboots. Plus it’s just painful to have another G.I. Joe on its way.

  5. No ways,,, 2012 is GEEK ARMAGEDDON!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTHING WILL EVER COMPETE!!— Rumored movies coming out in 2012 are:

    Toy Story 4 (rumored)
    Pirates of Caribbean
    Prince of Persia 2
    Pixars Newt
    Philip K. Dicks- King of Elves
    Star Trek 2
    A-Team 2(Rumored)
    Madagascar 3
    Batman 3
    Saw 9
    Monsters Inc 2
    (((YES)) 21 Jumpstreet!! LOL
    AKIRA <—- (GAME OVER 2012 wins for that alone!!!!!!!))))
    Battle Angel
    Avatar 2 (Christmas rumored)
    Cloverfield (2) or that secret 8 movie
    Fast and Furious 5 (Vin Diesal and Rock)
    MIB 3

    • You are so wrong it hurts.

      Toy Story 3 and Saw 7 are supposed to be the last entries in those respective series.

      Newt, King of the Elves, and Akira have all been shelved or delayed into the unknown.

      James Cameron can’t do both Battle Angel AND Avatar 2, and no signs seem to point to either happening before 2013.

      There’s absolutely no talk going on about Prince of Persia nor the A-Team having sequels yet.

      And Conan, Pirates 4, Super 8 and the fifth Fast and Furious movie are all coming in 2011.

      • Boom.

  6. Almost all sequels, way to go Hollywood. Star Trek 2 and Superman for me, although Star Trek needs to have a cool subtitle

  7. MiBIII is for 2012.

  8. Cowboys and Aliens is based of a comic book.

  9. I liked GI Joe, it was about as good an adaptation as we could hope for given the screen writers of today.

  10. Both summers look great but I just found out about Kung Fu Panda 2, the Kaboom of Doom. That alone has won my heart for 2011. My 9 month old watches Kung Fu Panda, Monsters Vs Aliens, and both Madagascars almost everyday. We have a special place for Dreamworks, and we are already planning to take her to it as her first movie. But I won’t lie, Batman 3 and another Star Trek are top of my list in my world of geekdom. I can do without Superman or another Spidey if they are going to be as disappointing as the last attempts …

  11. My hopes are pretty high for Transformers 3 coming in 2011. Damn it when the hell are they going to finish the Gatchaman movie!

    • I’m thinking intro to rhodomus (sp?) this time. I want them to add ALOT more characters that are supposed to be there.

  12. Mission Impossible 4 doesn’t come out in the 2011 summer! It comes out in December where it’s competing with Alvin & the Chipmunks in 3D and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel

  13. Summer 2012 wins hands down. The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek 2 and the Spider-Man and Superman Reboots? Sounds pretty cool. Can’t wait till next year.

    • Holiday 2012 seems even stronger than the summer particulary with The Hobbit part 1 and Daniel Craig’s 3rd outing as 007.

  14. You for got X-MEN origins sumer 2011… Allways draws crowd..

  15. You forgot “X MEN FIRST CLASS” (prequel with young Xavier, Eric, Beast, Azazel, Havok, Mystique and Emma Frost with the Cold war in the background). in 2011 and “MI3″ (with Will Smith travelling back in time to ask young Tommy Lee Jones – played by Josh Brolin – to help himsave the world… summer 2012… great article man!

  16. THE AVENGERS is the movie that I’m definitely looking forward to the most. My favorite superhero team of all time. Dark Knight Rises looks good as well, can’t wait for that. But I just can’t wait for the Avengers!

  17. you forgot the hunger games. The books are epic and the film looked even more epic than the books :)

  18. Thought I’d come back to this one. As of now, the debate begins and ends with 2 words: The Avengers. It has made over a billion dollars worldwide, and is better than any superhero movie released last year. And it’s may; 2012 still has The Dark Knight Rises, which I think will at least equal The Avengers. Summer 2012 wins, hands down. Summer 2011 was just an appetizer.