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2012 has been a benchmark year in comic book movies. The beginning of the summer movie season started with a huge bang thanks to Marvel Studios’ The Avengers. It was the culmination of years of planning and was a huge accomplishment, both creatively and commercially. The combination of rave reviews and over $1.5 billion in revenue likely means that superhero movies aren’t going away any time soon. There are nearly a dozen Marvel films in active development right now, either from the home team at Marvel Studios or licensed to FOX and Sony. We’re going to see more of these characters. That’s a good thing, too, because The Avengers was pretty much exactly what everyone wanted from and Avengers movie.
Closing out the big movie season was DC and Warner Brothers’ The Dark Knight Rises, which has been met with surprisingly mixed reviews. Even the PoP! staff can’t see eye to eye on this one (and not just because our beloved Tito Cruz is a foot shorter than the rest of us). So far, it’s not the runaway hit of its predecessor. It would be easy to attribute some of that to the tragic shooting on opening night in Colorado, but it’s hard to say what the numbers would be if not for that real-world nightmare. Still, with just over two weeks in theaters, it’s pulled in over half a billion dollars worldwide. The dark and uncompromising end to Chris Nolan’s trilogy (deemed “emotionally exhausting” by PoP!’s Dan Mahoney) will haunt fandom (good or bad) for a long time.
A little lost in the middle is Sony and Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man. It came out barely a month ago and it seems like a lot of people have already forgotten it in lieu of Batman. That’s a shame, too, because it’s a really solid movie. The performances are perfect and there’s not really anything that’s easily identifiable as inferior to Raimi’s version. Box office return has been really good, so it’s certainly a hit. That’s a good thing, since Sony has already committed to a trilogy and announced the release date for the sequel before their movie even premiered.
Your actual mileage will vary, but for my money, there’s not a bad movie in this entire crop. They were all great in their own way and for their own reasons. It’s difficult to objectively compare them because the overall tones and styles were so radically different, but everyone has a favorite. So Riddle Me This, dear reader, which of 2012’s superhero movies was your favorite?