"I love you," the fans said to Star Wars.
"I know," Star Wars said back.
The Empire Strikes Back has conquered Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the title of Ultimate Geek Movie. There were some surprises along the way (personally, I expected The Dark Knight to make it past the first round), but this is a logical conclusion to our Comic Con-themed bracket. Empire is a beloved film for a reason, and with hype for The Force Awakens growing by the week, it makes sense that Star Wars would come out on top.
Thanks to everyone who voted.
Original story: Dallas Comic Con's Fan Expo is taking over the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center May 29-31, which means I have a great excuse to bug my co-workers with discussions such as, "Was the ending of Lost satisfying?" "Does DC or Marvel have the better comic universe?" Or "How awesome was the first season of The Flash?" (That last one isn't much of a discussion. We all agree it was awesome, right?)
But it also got us talking about geeky movies, and there's a lot of difference of opinion when it comes to who rules the silver screen. You could have enough of an argument (and lose enough friends) just arguing about the ranking of the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, but how about we go a few levels deeper than that? Is The Matrix better than Terminator? Is The Dark Knight better than Return of the Jedi?
I'm not the biggest sports fan, but I'm told that the only logical way to settle these things is with a bracket. So, behold:
GuideLive's Ultimate Geek Movie bracket consists of 32 films that hail from eight different divisions: DC, Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars, Middle-earth, Harry Potter, "Space & Future" and "Computers & Robots."
Even getting down to these 32 movies was a major challenge, especially since we didn't want it simply being a list of Marvel sequels up against every separate cut of Blade Runner.
So here's what we need you to do: The first round of voting starts now and will end Tuesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. (central time). We'll whittle the list down throughout the week and through Dallas Comic Con weekend until we finally arrive at our fan-chosen winner.
May the odds be ever in your favor. (Unless you're hoping to vote for The Hunger Games, which didn't make this list of nominees.)
Our selection committee included myself (Britton Peele), Amanda Wilkins, Dawn Burkes, Will Pry and Hannah Wise.