This summer is looking to be quite possibly the best summer for movies I will ever see. It includes everything from a new Wes Anderson film to a new Men in Black to a Pixar movie to Seth Macfarlane’s first feature film. But there are two specific movies that are poised to steal the show:The Avengers & The Dark Knight Rises.
Comic Book movies have secured their place as the number one movie draw in the world, and what makes this matchup so exciting is that it is the rival comic book studios (Marvel and DC) going toe to toe with what will most likely go down as their best films ever. With The Avengers due for release next friday, there is so much hype building up that some people are saying that it has eclipsed The Dark Knight Rises. Yeah, OK, come talk to me in July….
But it is a great matchup, an intriguing clash of styles. Marvel has a reputation of making more humorous and fun superhero movies while Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is pretty dark stuff. Nolan’s last batman film The Dark Knight was one of the highest grossing movies of all-time, reaching a number no Marvel movie has touched. But recently I’ve been hearing that pre-sale tickets for The Avengers is breaking all sorts of records. Not to mention that early reviews are nothing less than stellar, indicating it will do very well past opening weekend. So The Avengers has made a strong case for being the movie of the summer.
But all of this could change very quickly come July. It is obvious that promotion for The Dark Knight Rises is pretty quiet right now. And why shouldn’t it be, it’s still two months away. But screening before every showing of The Avengers next Friday will be the brand new Dark Knight Rises trailer, which has been guarenteed to spike interest even higher. I think that come July, this little contest could very well turn into a blowout. When The Dark Knight came out four years ago, it was basically heralded as one of the greatest films of all time. Immediately after seeing it, I was just thinking “there is no way they can top that.” Many others shared this thought, and so when insiders started telling us that Nolan has indeed topped himself, expectations rose to the highest levels ever. When you say you’ve topped one of the best movies ever, what you’re essentially saying is that you’ve made the best movie ever.
The race may look close now, but come July, it might not even be a contest. If The Dark Knight Rises lives up to its potential, I’m positive it will be the biggest film of the summer. But it might not, because with expectations so high, there is a lot of room for failure. On the other hand, there’s already confirmation that The Avengers is Marvel’s best showing to date, and that’s a studio that has produced classics like Spider-Man and Iron Man. So, like I said before, it should be interesting…