But honestly, there is reason to be optimistic this year. (That’s not just swoony, Batman infatuation talking, is it? No, of course not.) The summer’s major comic book movies boast high IQs.
“The Avengers” was written and directed by the smart, geek-worshipped Joss Whedon. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” out in July, comes from indie-credible filmmaker Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer”), and stars Andrew Garfield, who went to Harvard .?.?. at least, he did in “The Social Network.” And as most Gotham buffs well know, “The Dark Knight Rises” — the third and final installment in the most recent Bruce Wayne trilogy, also coming in July — is another movie from the mind of Christopher Nolan, a man who (arguably) has yet to make a film that is A) bad or B) insults its audience’s intelligence.
And there’s seductive non-comic-book fare as well. Ridley Scott will return to his alien roots with
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