'Batman' vs. 'The Dark Knight': Vote for the Greatest Summer Movie Ever

Which take on the Caped Crusader will soar through Round 1 of the Summer Showdown?

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Summertime means summer movies, and this year could be one of the biggest season's ever. But which blockbuster of the past is truly the best? We've pitted 32 of the most successful and beloved summer movies against each other. And now you get to decide which is your favorite. After four rounds of voting, only one movie will be left standing. Which title will be declared the greatest summer movie of all time?

Batman

Release date: June 23, 1989

Tim Burton brought us a dark, brooding Caped Crusader traversing a Gotham City reimagined as a stark industrial hell with what ended up being the biggest movie of 1989. Michael Keaton, a casting choice that initially had many scratching their heads, totally nailed the role of Bruce Wayne, a twitchy billionaire playboy who moonlights as a masked vigilante, though the show was completely stolen by Jack Nicholson's broadly theatrical take on the Clown Prince of Crime. It seems almost quaint now, but back in '89, you couldn't get much cooler, darker and edgier than this.

The Dark Knight

Release date: July 18, 2008

Tim Burton and Jack Nicholson who? "Batman Begins" (2005) was a franchise-saving delight, but Christopher Nolan's follow-up, "The Dark Knight," took the series to truly operatic levels with an epic crime tale in which Batman (Christian Bale), Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) and Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) join forces to save Gotham from a megalomaniacal punk anarchist known as the Joker (Heath Ledger, who received a posthumous Academy Award for his performance). Five years later, we're now allowed to admit that it's far from being a perfect movie, but there's no denying that "The Dark Knight" casts a one-of-a-kind spell -- and must be credited with raising the bar on comic book films to near-unattainable heights.

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