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Tag: The Dark Knight (41-50 of 74)
The Dark Knight sequel finally has a release date. Almost two years after the killer clown crime epic dominated the box office and spawned a million Halloween costumes, Warner Bros. has announced that the still-untitled Batman 3 will be released on July 20, 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (In other news, I’m going off the grid from July 19, 2012 through August 1, 2012.)
There’s not a whole lot of information about the movie, which is still in the very early planning stages. Director Christopher Nolan and writer David Goyer have always been focused on presenting a more realistic take on the Batman mythos, so we’re probably not going to see Killer Croc, Mr. Freeze, or Clayface. Even though he’s a bit more outlandish, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Riddler, if only because his presence could pump up Batman’s mystery-solving detective side. But what do I know? None of my films have ever grossed over a billion dollars.
PopWatchers, what would you want to see in Batman 3? And what should they call the thing? I’d go with something vintage, like Shadow of the Bat, but I remember reading a rumor that it might be called Gotham City, which would be nifty.
If we learned anything about Batman from The Dark Knight, it’s that the superhero sure knows how to suddenly disappear on you. Poor Commissioner Gordon, whose conversations with the Caped Crusader are always cut short by Batman’s fetish for vanishing. But what if the Bat wasn’t so sly at making his escape? The good folks at CollegeHumor took it upon themselves to imagine such a scenario:
Best line: “I’ll analyze it… with science!” Oh, you’re such a silly nocturnal mammal, Batman. PopWatchers, what other awkward situations would you love to see Batman get into?
Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in your pop culture-related Halloween costumes for inclusion in our Best Costumes roundup the week before Halloween. (Here’s last year’s gallery.) To achieve eternal fame, upload photos of your pop culture-related Halloween costumes to Entertainment Weekly’s Facebook page. Just click “add photo” on our wall and your image will appear in the Just Fans section. I just spent a decent chunk of time telling Facebook I “liked” certain things, which does not mean I dislike the others. I mean honestly where do you even stop with that? I love all of them! Juno and Bleeker, Robin Sparkles, The Dark Knight, Dr. Horrible, and Saved by the Bell were all popular with our readers in ’08, and the corporate settings behind characters like the SpongeBob crew and Princess Leia will crack you up. Powdered Toast Man from Ren & Stimpy, Rose from Dr. Who, and Matt Roloff from Little People, Big World are simply inspired. There’s even a Peggy Olson, a Kool-Aid Man/mom, and a Dumbo in a dorm room!
So stop by the EW Facebook lounge, take a look around, upload some costume photos, and while you’re there, be sure to “become a fan” of Entertainment Weekly. You’ll be rewarded with the EW extras we’re cooking up for our growing Facebook page, like upcoming bonus video footage, contests, games…not to mention that we’d just really appreciate it. That’s it! And for the last time, elderly supply teacher, just because Amy looks pregnant for Halloween does NOT mean she’s pregnant. Party on.
With the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally on the big screen and setting the Muggle box office on fire, we realize the time has come to hang up our wizard/witch robes and (immobile) broomsticks…and reacquaint ourselves with the glorious, decidedly non-magical television set. TV recaps and news dominated this week's PopWatch comments.
10. The judges lost their composure over Melissa's and Ade's emotional dance on Wednesday's So You Think You Can Dance, but Annie Barrett (and you) wondered if this wasn't a bit over the top.
9. Michael Jackson was as eccentric as he was talented. But were the two inseparable? Owen Gleiberman examined the "weirdness" at the "soul of his musical and cultural power."
8. So Hell's Kitchen is back. Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? Desperate to catch up with Christian Bale, Gordon Ramsay has really upped his verbal assault game this season.
7. Bruno alum Paula Abdul may not be sitting at the American Idol judges' table next season, which prompted Michael Slezak to speculate on the show's hypothetical future. Can there be a Simon and Randy without a Paula? (Don't get Slezak started on Kara….)
6. Noted philanthropist Mandi Bierly shared the song she couldn't get out of her head (Kenny Loggins' "Meet Me Halfway" from the Over the Top soundtrack), then asked you to reciprocate. The number of good songs featured in crappy movies appears to be staggering.
5. You had quite a bit to say on the subject of Chris Brown's public video apology. I've got nothing.
4. Susan Boyle sat down with Meredith Viera on the Today show this week to talk fame, pressure, and dolls rendered in her likeness. Three months in and this train is still chugging along.
3. …I mean, who DOESN'T love talking Emmy nominations? This year's crop elicited quite a response.
2. Time will prove that the Wicker Man remake with Nicolas Cage is in fact the movie of the decade (hell, century), but you and Jeff Labrecque clearly think differently. Did anyone even SEE this Dark Knight movie?
1. It's Chris Harrison. He wins again. The Michael Phelps of 'Enter the Fray', folks.
Heath Ledger is dead. But unlike Jack Nicholson’s Joker, who perished in a midnight plunge to Gotham’s pavement in Tim Burton’s original Batman, Ledger’s Joker survived The Dark Knight to fight another day. "I think you and I are destined to do this forever," Ledger’s dangling Joker taunted Batman at the end of the film.
Ledger’s tragic accidental overdose seemingly removed that possibility from Christopher Nolan’s blueprint for future sequels. But is the character necessarily finished within the franchise? Would Nolan dare recast the Joker with another actor? It would be a thankless — if not blasphemous — assignment for any young actor. (Sure, Michael Gambon slipped on Richard Harris’ beard in Harry Potter, but this would be different.)
But the facts remain: In Batman’s universe, the Joker is still very much alive. He is, and will always be, the yin to Batman’s yang. And, not insignificantly, he’s slightly obscured behind a face-full of grease paint.
Nolan’s next film isn’t Batman, but Inception, featuring an all-star cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ledger and Gordon Levitt could practically pass for brothers, so I couldn’t help myself from imagining Gordon-Levitt in the Joker’s purple duds. Am I crazy? Hopeless? Disrespectful?
Quite honestly, the iconic villain and Ledger’s terrifying performance were somonumental that I think future chapters need to revisit him in some way, shapeor form. But how would you feel if the Joker reappeared in a future Batman film, played by someone else? Would Gordon-Levitt fit the bill? What about Emile Hirsch? Would this be the height of morbid commercialization or the faithful continuation of an unfinished drama?
Last night’s South Park spoofed Watchmen, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, and probably a bunch of other superhero movies I’m not Geek enough to have spotted. (Around here, that means I’m not cool enough. Oh, hamburgers!)
Dark Times wasn’t as life-changing for me as last week’s epic Jonas Brothers/purity rings season 13 premiere, but I cracked up at how "the wretched underbelly of society" translated to an outdoor storage facility (the makeshift headquarters for Professor Chaos and General Disarray — welcome back!), and the improvised Shepard Fairey poster of President Barack Obama with googly southparkian eyes. "He was supposed to change things. He didn’t." And the janky POSSIBLE SUSPECTS bulletin board grouping Cartman with Harvey Fierstein and Bruce Vilanch is today’s desktop pattern. I tiled this s—.
I don’t think we’re supposed to guess at the identity of Mysterion, whose question mark-on-a-spring headpiece sort of made me want to hug him instead of fear him. (Or her. Sorry Wendy.) But if I had to, my money’s on Stan, because we already know he thinks Kyle’s the smartest kid in class. Watch the full episode at South Park Studios, or press play below for the ep’s Watchmen-esque opening.
Take some deep breaths, Batman fans: Christopher Nolan’s next Caped Crusader movie won’t be on screens any time soon. The writer and director has picked his next project, and it doesn’t come with a rubber suit (we think): Inception, which Nolan wrote and is set to direct, is "a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind." The guy’s no stranger to cerebral storytelling — he wrote Memento, after all — but the phrase "architecture of the mind," a dorm-room term if ever there were, is sending up all kinds of red flags for me. And written on those red flags is Herman’s Head. That early ’90s sitcom, literally set in a doofus’s brain, is a punchline unto itself. "Architecture of the mind" makes me think, and not fondly, of the finale for St. Elsewhere (pictured, left), in which we learned the whole series had been part of Tommy Westphall’s imagination. It’s conjuring intensely unpleasant memories of Vanilla Sky, which all took place in poor, confused Tom Cruise’s pretty little head.
State of mind movies aren’t all bad, though. Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind both nimbly play with the idea of consciousness and the self. But unless Charlie Kaufmann suddenly becomes attached to Inception, I remain nervous. Talk me down off the ledge, PopWatchers: What are some good it’s-all-in-your-head stories?
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Nickelodeon just announced the Favorite Movie contenders for its annual Kids’ Choice Awards (airing on March 28). And the nominees are….
High School Musical 3
The Dark Knight
If you’re like me, you did a double take at the last title on this list. Is Dark Knight really a kid pic? I’ve got no beef with parents who let their children see it; the movie’s rated PG-13, after all. But this is the same show that nominated George Lopez as Favorite Male Movie Star for his "role" in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Do nihilistic terrorists (i.e. the Joker) and talking dogs really have the same entertainment value for kids today?
What do you think, PopWatchers? Is it just me, or is Dark Knight a little too dark for the Kids Choice Awards?
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