13 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The Golden Globes nominations are in, and conspicuously absent from the list of nominees is the Caped Crusader. But just because Batman isn't getting awards-season love, doesn't make the following statement any less true: 2012 was the year of the comic book movie.

Sure, sure — for years now, it feels like every year is the year of the comic book movie. But 2012 brought forth two of the most show-stopping entries in the genre's entire existence — "Marvel's The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises," two films that dominated commercially (they're the top two box-office performers of the year; "Avengers" is the third highest-grossing movie of all time), and creatively assembled oh-so mightily for critics and casual moviegoers alike.

The arrival of "Avengers" and the conclusion of "The Dark Knight" trilogy were two of the most anticipated movie moments in years. We couldn't wait to see if Marvel could stick the landing with »

- Josh Wigler

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