One Big Summer Showdown - The Battle for Your Appetite

July 14, 2008

Gotham City Pizza

Some of the best rivals are in food: Coke and Pepsi, McDonald's and Burger King, Lay's and Pringles. This summer, two rivals have been battling for box office supremacy while at the same time delivering delicious pizzas: Papa John's and Domino's. I always thought promotions tied with food were always gimmicky - I'm not going to change what I eat just because it has Batman on it. But either that's what they're hoping for, or they're just trying to gain some extra exposure with pizza lovers, because that's what this summer's big battle has come down to: The Dark Knight at Domino's and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor at Papa John's. The Dark Knight is easily going to kick Mummy's ass at the box office, but when it comes to pizza, I prefer Papa John's by far. So how do I handle this debacle?!

This all began when we discovered that one of the websites involved in the viral campaign for The Dark Knight,, was presented by Domino's. Soon thereafter a viral game appeared where fans had to order a pizza and would receive a custom-made Batman pizza box and some goodies from the viral campaign (in addition to a free pizza). Barely a week later, Papa John's debuted their website with a trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, a quick way to gain attention but not keep the fans active. Since then I've seen commercials involving car chases (Domino's) and so much more promotion for both restaurants. I would hardly say it's a heated battle, but considering these two pizza places are rivals, I'm sure they're hoping each film is as successful as the other so that they'll sell a few more pizzas.

So why the heck am I talking about pizza again? Because like every movie geek out there, I love pizza! And the saddest part is that I'm a big fan of Papa John's. While I enjoy Domino's, when I must make a choice, it's always Papa John's. In terms of movies, there's not even a question - The Dark Knight is vastly superior to The Mummy 3. And remarkably I've almost convinced myself it might be worth ordering a "Gotham City Pizza" from Domino's just to say that I did and just to check out one of those sweet Batman-themed pizza boxes that they use. Even I'm falling into the marketing trap just because they've combined two of my loves: pizza and movies! But alas, here I am, enjoying my Papa John's pizza and writing shamelessly about how crazy this promotional campaign is - all just for fun and for your amusement.

In the end, I think Domino's got the best deal out of this, largely because The Dark Knight has so many more fans and so much more buzz. Plus they got to attach onto one of the best viral marketing campaigns ever in addition to Warner Bros. providing them with better prizes and the ability to manufacturer pizza boxes themed like Batman. Papa John's, on the other hand, is banking purely on interest in The Mummy 3, which I think hardly anyone has, and thus the campaign is rather stagnant, since there isn't an awesome viral campaign or anything else. Anyway, you've probably heard enough of my bantering about pizza to get your mouth watering, so in turn I suggest you now make a choice of your own: The Dark Knight at Domino's or The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor at Papa John's? Which will it be?

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Keith on Jul 14, 2008


I knew I'd get in trouble for this... So don't get all crazy on me Keith! It was on my mind and I thought I'd write about it for FUN! Just move on and forget about if you want, I got better stuff in the future... Sometimes I just like to write about things on my mind and honestly this didn't turn out the way I originally wanted, but oh well... 🙁

Alex Billington on Jul 14, 2008


gOTHAM cITY pIZZA. By far. To me papa john's is paper-thin. I prefer domino's. But I might try the papa john's deal. I like the cool boxes! 😉

Daniel on Jul 14, 2008


I know that Domino's is shitty pizza - but I can't help myself. I love the stuff. I think it's because I overdosed on Papa John's in college. They had just recently opened up shop in the town where I went to school and sold their pizzas EXTRA cheap to get a toe-hold in the market. It worked.

Tom Brazelton on Jul 14, 2008


I actually ordered one of these last week. Worked out great, because pepperoni is one of my favorite toppings. The box comes with cut-out batman "armour" along with witty instructions and warnings. Oh yeah, the box is black. Sweet

William on Jul 14, 2008


I would have to go with Gotham City Pizza (Domino's) tastes way better and thats what i usually order for pizza. Great job keeping four paragraphs about Pizza interesting Alex.

Curits on Jul 14, 2008


Ok, I probably should have added "lol" to the end of my comment. No need to be sad Alex, I just wasn't expecting this article. ...Domino's, by the way 😉

Keith on Jul 14, 2008


Since you Firstshowing.Net guys are from Colorado Springs you should definitely check out NYPD. Their pizza is awesome.

Daniel on Jul 14, 2008


I havent had Papa John's since I was 8 years old watching The Chipmunk Adventure with my older sister in a small apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, yet I had Domino's just last week. I really want Papa John's now.

Kail on Jul 14, 2008


Well, even pizza that sucks is pretty damn good.

Will S. (Co. Springs) on Jul 15, 2008


Speak for yourself! I think Batman just decided what I'm having for lunch today. 😉

Django on Jul 15, 2008

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