March Mayhem Heroes vs. Villains Round 2 pits Mal Reynolds vs Rick Grimes, Joker vs Voldemort
Nearly 450,000 votes were cast in the first round of HitFix's March Mayhem Heroes vs. Villains tournament and much like the real NCAA Tournament's opening round, things stayed close to chalk. No.1 seeds Batman, The Joker, Walter White and Xena all won easily, as did Han Solo, raptor Clever Girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tony Soprano.
There were still upsets, though. Dorothy held off a late-charging Bella for a 13-4 shocker, while Arya Stark knocked off Veronica Mars in another 13-4 win. The biggest upset, at least in terms of seeding, was The Daleks, a No.14 seed, topping Mayor Richard Wilkins, who didn't turn into a giant serpent in time.
Hannibal Lecter, a No.12 seed, was one of several performers whose first round totals exceeded expectations for their seeding.
Just as things began to get all higgledy-piggledy in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the second round has some intriguing match-ups.
On the TV side, Mal Reynolds is going to need some help from the Whedonverse to hold off Rick Grimes, one of the leading votergetters in the first round, while Oliver Queen got a big last-second push to advance in the first round, but will now face off with Buffy the Vampire Slater.
On the movie side, Marvel lovers may be split between Groot and Black Widow, while Joker vs Voldemort is as pure a matchup of evil as one could possibly hope for.
Round 2 goes through Thursday!
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