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wish 5/7/2012 5:08:13 AM

I also think that once Nolan's trilogy is complete we'll see signs of a DC universe on film, hopefully starting with next year's Man of Steel. 

This record smashing is great news all around.  More power to Joss Whedon, more recognition to comic book films, which I've waited my whole life to see put on film where they belong!  And a strong indicator of who the fans with the real power are!  The Geeks shall inherit the earth!!!

wessmith1966 5/7/2012 5:09:53 AM

Avengers was the movie I always hoped it would be. I read my first Avengers comic when I was 8, 37 years ago, and I would imagine a movie with the heroes. There were teases along the way; the awful Captain America TV movies, the Hulk movies with Thor, Captain America guest starring in cartoons. The 1990's were filled with aborted attempts to bring Marvel's characters to the big screen. Then we finally got X-Men and then Spiderman and Lee's much-debated Hulk. The movies were great, but they weren't the Avengers characters (Hulk just wasn't Hulk for me). Then we got Iron Man and Nick Fury's post-credits scene. After that everything started coming together and this past weekend we got the culmination of years of work and it was a beautiful thing to see on the big screen. I loved every second of it. Yes, I wish Cap, or somebody, would have yelled "Avengers Assemble" in the film. If that's my complaint then I'm happy. I've seen it twice (forget about 3D, a waste of the extra cash) and will see in at least twice more.

Disappointed in everything I've seen so far for The Dark Knight Rises. I trust Nolan will deliver a good movie to end his trilogy, but nothing I've seen in an of the trailers has me excited for this movie. The newest trailer is a big disappointment.

Hobbs 5/7/2012 5:30:50 AM

Havent seen it yet but will eventually over the next few weeks but everyone I know says it's great.   I'm curious how much of those totals are 3D?  Don't knock the fact that 3D has made these totals impossible to gauge.  I would be more curious what the number of tickets sold are vs what TDK did.

Wiseguy 5/7/2012 5:34:38 AM

vitieddie, WB/DC has been bigger than Marvel for decades. Even now DC may still be bigger with more titles and imprints not sure thou.

It's only been since Disney bought Marvel a couple of years ago that Marvel is now considered bigger because they're part of a bigger mother company. But at the end of the day WB is a 35 billion dollar giant so even if half Disney's size that's hardly an underdog in any way. Hey it's your prerogaritve but if you really want to root for the underdog then Lionsgate should be your focus, they're less than 2 bil but you'd have to root for Twilight and Hunger Games :)

Anyway I thought the 3D was excellent in the action scenes. I did wish it was more prevalent throughout the entire film but totally worth it.

hanso 5/7/2012 5:55:06 AM

 i had read awhile back from a wb exec saying that a lot of what dc doesgoing forward will be determined by superman's numbers.  a hit and they stay the course, seperate franchises but they develop a few more of their heroes and can let batman rest.  not a hit and they might have to fast track a JL movie or Batman/Superman movie.  of course thisisnt official and was stated prior to avengers huge box office so that may change things.  

spiderhero 5/7/2012 6:14:29 AM

Harry Potter: I have the old record & a magic wand.

Avengers: We have the new record & a Hulk.

XeroWarp 5/7/2012 6:17:38 AM

Marvel started the Avengers story arc in 08' with Iron Man. So, in just 4 short years they have produced 4 seperate hero films and a sequel to Iron Man. Marvel had a plan and executed it. I don't think WB has the vision or leadership to do this. If they wanted to try and pull off something similar they should keep the scale down and focus on Superman and Batman. Justice league at this point would be a train wreck( Green Lantern).

hanso 5/7/2012 6:31:02 AM

I disagree.  A JL movie would work just as well if they used it as a launching pad for the rest of their franchises.  meaning they'd be doing it the opposite of what marvel did.  they wouldve beat marvel t the superhero team movie if they hadnt stopped production on JL Mortal.  i agree the didnt have the vision but if you were wb there was no need because they hadother franchises making them money like harry potter for example.

vitieddie 5/7/2012 6:33:20 AM

 @wise ... nah i have to disagree ... ok the words below come from my experience only so may be way off base (the actual facts are possibly different) ... back in the golden age DC was top dog but then later (80s, 90s) Marvel rose to prominence esp with their X titles ... they grew much bigger than DC esp with their larger stable of characters ... it got to a point that Marvel easily snapped up the talents at DC (poaching) - i remember M Millar, Hitch and Quitely being taken mid way thro their run on The Authority to Marvel ... i was like "what the - you shouldnt do that" ... it was kinda the straw that broke the camels back for me ... of course the facts may be different but it seemed to me that Marvel was just bullying DC ... so although i read both companies works - i tend to buy more DC - just to keep them afloat lol

as for the films, yes only in the last few years has Marvel grown to be a bigger player due to the initial successes (Iron Man) and their merge with Disney ... but still - thats a much bigger company than Warner and Warner no longer has Harry around to wave his broomstick ... LIONS GATE ... haha i will support them for Expendables 2 ... "i now pronounce you man and knife!"

XeroWarp 5/7/2012 6:56:04 AM

@Hanso....."They wouldve beat....if they hadnt stopped production". Shoulda', coulda', woulda'. The lack of vision and balls, lost WB a new franchise. Plus, i'm not so sure a JL movie would have been as well received as The Avengers. Of course, thats just Marvel fanboy talk there. Now, WB still has a shot with Batman/Superman. They are well established characters and the Two most popular DC hero's. A Superman/Batman flick is something I would pay to see. Plus, it was already fortold in I am Legend.

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