There's still plenty of time for Warner Brothers to build up interest with marketing, between now and the release date.
Having Bane instead of Joker and having Nolan on the verge (or in the midst) of a popularity stlide mean TDKR won't do as well TDK. But it'll still do very well at the box office. I'm more concerned about the quality of the film. Parts 3s of film franchises generally stink.
So, what is this claim based on?
2. if people were only interested in seeing TDK because Ledger died why did a lot of people go to see it more than once? I'm not saying his death didn't have a effect on the box office, it clearly did but people liked the movie and wanted to see it again.
3. I just listed in my op movies that were either as dark as this or darker that have made a lot of money so that shouldn't have any effect on how much money it makes.
"If anyone has a long face at my funeral, I'll never speak to them again"
2. I said it helped, not that it was the sole reason
3. How many of those are superhero movies?
Isn't it obvious? The movies are dark and complex. You can't sell toys for something like that or license a bunch of other merchandise. Kids will be turned off by how "frightening" it is, and people in general won't like to see a movie that doesn't follow the same generic formulas.
For most people movies are an escape and they want to see shallow characters fight the same obstacles in predictable fashion. Having developed characters deal with issues and themes in a realistic fashion would turn them off.
"John Stewart. LAME! ...this guy having a ring is like giving the batmobile to a blind old woman with her left leg in a cast."
"Pym biting Blobs head off seems like something that would have happened when i was ten years old and playing with action figures."
"i always assumed that [the blob] had the same powers as his 616 counterpart because, if simply being a huge fat guy was enough to be considered a mutant then there sure are a lot of mutants in 'real life'. "
In my opinion, the only thing holding back Dark Knight Rises is the lack of 3D. 'The Avengers' had something like 52% audience in 3D showings, which adds up pretty quickly. I'd love to see the stat of what it would be without 3D screenings, not that it matters in the slightest. Just more curiosity. (Actual tickets sold will also be a fun number to track)
'The Dark Knight Rises' trailer was attached to 'The Avengers'. So $207 million worth of tickets also saw the trailer for the final Batman film. Word of mouth is quite positive, it will be a HUGE blockbuster but I seriously doubt it will hit $170 million, let alone $200 million. I'd be happy to eat my words, but like others have mentioned, having 52% of your audience paying a few extra bucks per ticket helped out 'The Avengers' quite a bit. TDKR doesn't have that extra luxury.
It certainly won't be a OH NOES, FAILURE! if it doesn't match 'The Avengers'. It'll just be what's forecast and expected. It won't be because it's too dark, it won't be because of a lack of buzz, it won't be because it The Avengers somehow turned the tide of comic-book movies.
I'm pretty sure that DC is pleased 'The Avengers' did so well, and Marvel will be pleased if 'The Dark Knight Rises' does well. They're in the same industry, and continuing proof that these movies and the characters that populate them are a HUGE DRAW is only a good thing for both companies, regardless if they're competitors.
Like I said, though, TDKR is going to doing very well. Just not as well as TDK. Bigger concern is just Part 3s aren't usually good flicks.
So, I highly doubt people have 'cooled off' on this series of Batman films.
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