EDITORIAL: How is The Avengers a response to The Dark Knight
Those two movies are amongst the best CBM's ever, if not the two best CBM's ever (yet) but what made them so important?
HOW IS THE AVENGERS A RESPONSE TO THE DARK KNIGHT
While The Avengers came out the same year than The Dark Knight Rises and a lot of comparison have been going between those two flicks, but I personally think that The Avengers is to The Dark Knight what Bizarro is to Superman, some kind of twisted sibling. They're both incredibly enjoyable and their success seems very representative of the decade they came out !
Let's see why
THE STORYTELLING :
Both of those movies have a strong storytelling based on the pacing and the characters, plus, while they both are sequels somehow they mostly stand on their own. Some movies are all about atmosphere, visuals and a strong story (Batman Begins for example), on the other hand movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight are more about « let's bring on as much amazing scenes as we can ! » those movies are all about inventive action scenes and great dialogue writing in the mouth of good characters, in the end we don't care that much about the overall scenario (while The Dark Knight have a stronger writing). They're both amazing action flick and they both had a huge success.
REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT?
The Dark Knight, like any superhero movie was expected to be like a great pop-corn flick, it turned out to be exactly that and a lot more, it crystallyzed the fear : the Joker is a blind terrorist, justice gets corrupt in the character of Harvey Dent, Batman become an outlaw, and spying people through their cellphones is WRONG no mattering why (Morgan Freeman said so)
But yeah, people on the boats are good, great, that's a pretty depressing movie and it rocks ! Both as the pop-corn flick moviegoers expected and as a deep great movie which manage to represent the world we were living in since 9/11.
On the other hand... The Avengers is mostly an awesome pop-corn flick incredibly lighthearted and enjoyable. That's my whole point, I think it's a response to The Dark Knight because while it is as successfull(and as good in it's own way in my opinon) it never could have work in 2008... It takes a hard build-up if you want the casual moviegoer to watch such a movie without thinking « wow... Thor/Cap/Hawkeye looks retarded ! » (well okay some thought that way)
Also The avengers has none of the deep themes of The Dark Knight, it's more like The avengers is mocking the idea of a deep movie itself.
One scene just blew my mind the first time I saw The Avengers 'cause it sounded like a nod to The Dark knight : THE SHIELD IS SPYING PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR CELLPHONES ALL THE TIME... Okay they're a big spy organization but... Hell, none of our heroes as any concern about that, neither do we ! It was a big moral issue in The dark knight here it's just... well it's just this way, deal with it, and since I've not heard of this scene that much I guess we just all dealt with it !
The Avengers is also destroying Manhattan in a playfull way in broad day light ! Like some fun reenacting of 9/11 were... Super heroes are here to save the day ! Few flicks did that since 9/11 (cloverfield, the day after) and none of them reached the hype of The Avengers, here it worked beyond everyone expectations, this led me to think that just as The Dark Knight, The Avengers had the good timing, I DON'T REALLY KNOW IF WE SHOULD BUY THIS « SPYING PEOPLE THROUGH CELLPHONES » THING THAT EASILY THOUGH.
I don't know if those flicks are the flicks we deserved but I think they were the flicks we needed at the time.
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