The votes came rolling in all weekend in the final battle of Moviefone's Movie Genre vs. Movie Genre tournament, and we have a winner. But before we announce our champion, we'd like to quickly look back at how we got here.
Round 1 featured a slew of dominant performances, as Mobsters, Pirates, Monkeys, Superheroes, Robots, Slashers and Vampires coasted to victory over (respectively) Family-Friendly Talking Animals, 1940s Film Noir Detectives, Manic Pixie Dream Girls, Nicholas Sparks Book Adaptations, 19th-Century European Costume Dramas, Men in Fat Suits and Plucky Street Dance Teams. The lone nail-biter saw Underdog Sports Teams pull off a last-second upset of Zombies.
In Round 2, Robots, Mobsters, Superheroes and Pirates took down Underdog Sports Teams, Vampires, Slashers and Monkeys, with Superheroes and Pirates winning decisively.
The semifinals pitted Pirates against Robots, and Superheroes against Mobsters. Superheroes continued its streak of annihilation, while Robots took down Pirates in surprisingly easy fashion, setting up our final confrontation.
In the battle between Robots and Superheroes, only one could survive. And the winner is ...
Well, that was easy. By an overwheming majority (83% to 17%), you guys selected Superheroes as the best genre over Robots. Man, somewhere Robocop is wondering how everything went so wrong ...
It seems that even with a summer packed with 'Thor,' 'X-Men: First Class,' 'Green Lantern' and 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' you guys still can't get enough costumed do-gooders, can you? Fortunately there are still plenty more to come, including 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'The Avengers,' 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,' 'Man of Steel' and 'The Wolverine,' not to mention the inevitable sequels to 'Thor,' 'Captain America' and 'Iron Man.'
Not too long ago, no one really took comic books seriously as a potential source of cinematic inspiration. Things have certainly changed, though, as it now seems like we hear about a new comic title being optioned or going into production just about every week. And no wonder: All four summer 2011 comic book releases debuted at the top of the box office, totaling $554 million domestically thus far. You could build a pretty sweet Batcave with that kind of cash.
Congratulations to our winner, and many thanks to all of you who voted.