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Rise of the Guardians continues 2012's biggest cinematic trend: the supergroup of superheroes. Stuart Heritage assembles his own alternative cast of invincibles

In terms of cinematic trends, 2012 has been all about the all-star supergroup ensemble. The most successful film of the year was The Avengers, about an all-star supergroup of superheroes. Then there was The Expendables 2, about an all-star supergroup of pensionable action stars; and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, about an all-star supergroup of pensionable British thesps. And now there's Rise of the Guardians, about an all-star supergroup of characters that children believe in until they are about seven, including Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

And where there's a trend, there are imitators. Just look at DC Comics, scrabbling around trying to get Batman and Superman to make a Justice League movie together. If Rise of the Guardians ends up being even slightly as successful as The Avengers, »

- Stuart Heritage

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