It’s time for the Spectacular Superhero Smackdown of 2012! Spider-Man vs. the Avengers vs. Batman. Which costumed crimefighter was the best of the summer? Vote in our poll.
I still haven’t seen ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’, nor do I really care to. I didn’t like any of the previous Spider-Man movies, and he’s just not a character that I care about. I’m not saying that it’s a bad movie (can’t judge what I haven’t seen), but I can’t drum up any enthusiasm for it.
Of the other two, ‘The Avengers’ wins by a country mile. I had some issues with the film, but it was great summer entertainment. Joss Whedon intuitively understood that comic book movies are supposed to be fun. I wish Christopher Nolan would learn that lesson.
Quite frankly, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ bored me to tears. Who makes a three-hour Batman movie with barely ten minutes of Batman in it? More importantly, why? While I didn’t hate the film the way that, for example, I hated ‘Prometheus’, I found it lethargic and ridiculously self-important, and just no fun at all. It’s certainly the weakest of Nolan’s three Batman movies, with by far the worst script he’s ever written. Honestly, after watching it, I still have no idea what the villains’ plan or motivation or intent was. The plot made no sense to me at all, and I have no desire to revisit the film to piece it together.
Even in terms of sheer visual spectacle, ‘The Avengers’ wrangled its action scenes on a much grander, more epic scale. Its apocalyptic urban mayhem was much more convincing. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ felt very small and underwhelming in comparison.
Maybe that’s just me. Which movie did you like best?