rtwesterlund wrote:[At the time of post, of course] 42.9% of Woot voters have no faith in Christopher Freaking Nolan. Have you not seen The Dark Knight? Inception? Please...I don't even know WHO directed The Avengers.
Big-name actors (let alone big-name characters) don't compete with big-name DIRECTORS. I may not have ever worked for "the biz," but I was close with someone who worked on the fringes of Hollywood, and what I learned was that the movie belongs to the director. My vote is with The Dark Knight Rises, 100%.
Don't get me wrong, The Avengers looks like fun and I fully intend to watch it (at some point...), but I am EXCITED for The Dark Knight Rises.
Normally, I would be challenging you to a duel for badmouthing Mr. Joss Whedon who has been in the biz for over 20 years with nary a bad word against him, but I know that comic book movies are srs bsns, so I will refrain.
However, he does have a fanbase, and some of us (me) had no interest in the Avengers/Marvelverse until Whedon signed on to the project. (I'm really more of a DC chick.) I had to rent all five previous movies and catch up. I saw TDK three times in the first week, and I've seen The Avengers three times so far, too.
Not aimed specifically at you, but for me, the answer was The Avengers for these reasons:
- TDKR is not coming out in 3D. 3D added an estimated 30 mil to Avengers' 1st weekend total. Both will/are being released in IMAX.
- Much larger cast, with lots of handsome, playful men. (Check out tumblr if you think this isn't relevant. Remember, it was teenage girls that put Titanic where it is now.) Over the past five movies, all of these characters/actors have acquired stans. Don't like Thor but love Captain America? Guess you're going to see this movie. Hate Stark but a big Hulk fan? Whoops, if you want to see Hulk pwn his way through several scenes, guess you'll have to buck up and go see Avengers anyway.
- TDK was so DARK in comparison to Avengers, and Mr. Wayne is in an even darker place now than he was then. I've yet to attend an Avengers screening that didn't have at least five moments of reliable laughs, to the point where you miss the next line. Other than one fairly obscure British vulgarism, there's no naughty language or adult situations, "just" the major city damage, and that one off-screen body part thing. (No spoiler tags available here, sorry.) TDK had a hanged Batman imposter and a character introduction with the now-infamous pencil trick.
Don't get me
wrong, I LOVED TDK, and I will be seeing TDKR at 12:01am on July 20. But I think Avengers will win, as it appeals to a broader audience. The only advantage TDKR has is that it's the end of an era
and that did pretty well for Deathly Hallows Part II.
Also, I apparently have a lot of feelings.
Pardon me, would you have any bags of crap?