Showdown Sunday #34: ‘Captain America’ vs. ‘The Dark Knight’ (Trilogy)

Welcome back to Showdown Sunday #34


Every week we pit two movie related forces (characters, movies, directors, etc) against each other and you guys vote who wins (via. Fan Poll).

The Captain America Trilogy consists of some of the MCU’s finest films. We all know how incredible Captain America: The Winter Soldier is, not just as a comic book movie, but as a throwback spy/thriller. Meanwhile, Civil War is being argued by fans and general audiences as possibly Marvel’s best solo film to date. Also lets not forget Captain America: The First Avenger, the film that introduced us to Steve Rogers and served as a period piece during WWI. There’s no doubt that Captain America, as a trilogy, is one of the genre’s best. And naturally when you talk about one of the best, you’ll eventually compare it to another great.

That’s what Collider.com has recently done in two excellent written articles. The topic debates which trilogy was better, Captain America or The Dark Knight. Each one is written by a different editor, and goes into detail on why the other is better. Its a debate that I love so much, that I decided to borrow it for this week’s Showdown Sunday.

Below, are two summarizing points from each article, which you can check out in the links below. Take a moment to read over each, and then decide for yourself the better one. As always, if you enjoyed this week’s Showdown Sunday, then please share with your followers and get their opinion.

The Debate

  • The first is that that the Captain America movies show us our better selves, and secondly, The Dark Knight trilogy doesn’t hold together in its third installment, The Dark Knight Rises, while the third Cap movie, Civil War continues to skillfully build upon and expand the character. (Matt Goldberg)

  • Indeed, there’s a consistency and, frankly, higher quality of filmmaking to The Dark Knight trilogy that’s lacking in the Captain America films. The screenwriting team of Nolan, David S. Goyer, and Jonathan Nolan crafted the stories and scripts for all three films, cinematographer Wally Pfister shot each movie, and Nolan, of course, guided it all through his authorial voice as the trilogy’s director. (Adam Chitwood)

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