March Movie Madness Tournament: The Championship Is Here!

March Movie Madness Tournament: The Championship Is Here!

Apr 16, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises versus The Avengers. One brooding hero versus a dysfunctional team of do-gooders. The summer’s first blockbuster versus what many believe will be the season’s biggest blockbuster. 
 
And the winner is up to you. 
 
We’ve really enjoyed pitting the summer’s most anticipated movies against each other over the past four weeks. But 32 titles have narrowed down to two after Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises dispatched Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers triumphed over Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man
 
Which film will claim the top prize in our competition? Let us know by casting your vote below. Consider all factors – Quality, Critical Response, Box Office – before picking between The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. Cast your vote, and help us figure out which summer blockbuster will win the Championship. 
 
 
(1) The Dark Knight Rises vs. (1) The Avengers
 
On the surface, they’re not that different – anticipated stories that tie together threads that were started in previous blockbusters. And both films are bursting at the seams with recognizable comic book characters played by award-worthy talents, directed by cult heroes who will make (or break) this summer season. 
 
And yet, The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers couldn’t be more different when it comes to style and tone, and that’s likely what will decide which movie emerges triumphant once the last vote is cast. Christopher Nolan aims for a dark and shadowy realism in his Batman movies, while Joss Whedon seems to be going for an exaggerated, animated carnival atmosphere as he assembles Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. 
 
Does one film have an advantage? It’s possible The Avengers could benefit from the ongoing marketing onslaught that’s preceding the film’s May 4 release date. But if there’s any film that came into the contest as a clear-cut favorite to win the who shebang, it’s The Dark Knight Rises
 
Will Batman beat Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk? The choice is yours. Vote away!

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