After a week some of the most intense genre-on-genre battling the Internet has ever seen, we have arrived at the end. The Championship Round.
And what a matchup it is. Two genuine heavyweights, Robots and Superheroes, will face off in this, the final contest in our first-ever Movie Genre vs. Movie Genre tournament.
In the semifinals, the Superheroes genre made easy work of Mobsters, declaring itself the true juggernaut (heh) of this competition. Its three victories thus far have been by 84 percentage points over Nicholas Sparks Book Adaptations in the first round, 74 points over Slashers in Round 2, and now 50 points over Mobsters -- an average victory of nearly 70 points. Astounding.
Robots, on the other hand, engineered (heh) a surprisingly easy triumph in the semifinals over Pirates, a genre which had seemed unstoppable in its quality wins over Monkeys and 1940s Film Noir Private Detectives. We even had a badass Dread Pirate Roberts photo all ready to go for this round, but Robots would have none of it, stomping its way to a 24-point victory.
Let's take a closer look at our championship fight ...
Robocop vs. Spider-Man. Optimus Prime vs. Superman. The T-1000 vs. Iron Man. HAL vs. Batman. ED-209 vs. Wolverine. We could do this all day, but the key to remember here is that we're talking about entire genres, not necessarily who (or what) would win a one-on-one fight (even though that would be pretty sweet).
Superheroes, as evidenced by their dominant performance in this tournament, are probably at the top of the Hollywood food chain at the moment. Just these past few months, we've seen four major comic-book movies hit theaters, and if anything, that's just a warmup for next summer when both 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight Rises' arrive.
Robots, on the other hand, have been mesmerizing moviegoers at least since 1927's 'Metropolis.' Think of the classic movies that feature robots: 'Star Wars,' '2001,' 'Blade Runner,' 'The Terminator,' 'Robocop,' 'Aliens,' 'Total Recall,' 'The Matrix,' 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' etc. That's one very impressive resume.
It's probably as even a matchup as we could have hoped for, so go ahead and vote for what you think is the best movie genre, Robots or Superheroes. We're going to leave the voting open all weekend, so check back in on Monday for the results and to see us crown the Champion of the Movie Genres.
See the winner here.
Photos courtesy of Paramount, Everett Collection and Warner Bros.