While many a superhero film has had a villain problem, the Joker is one villain from the comics medium who has not only translated well, but also lent himself to a succession of compelling reinterpretations. He’s the greatest comic book villain of all time and he’s lit up the big screen with equal gusto. With Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker coming off a record-breaking box-office weekend, this is as good a time as any to rank the various iterations of the Clown Prince of Crime on film.

For an old-school fan of the J-man, it’s tempting to include Batman: The Animated Series and the 1960s live-action Batman TV series on this list. Both feature classic depictions of the Joker. Thankfully, their Jokers had such a taste for the theatrical that they also crossed over into movies. Not counting the animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke, which played in theaters for one night only before going direct-to-video, there have been seven cinematic Jokers since 1966.

If it doesn’t feel like we’re playing with a full deck here, well, since when has the Joker ever been wired that way? Regrettably, we don’t have time to mess around with the Proto-Jokers of the TV series Gotham, or any of the animated, direct-to-video Jokers of the DC Universe Movies. This is the meat-and-potatoes ranking of Jokers. I’ve developed a secret algorithm for a precise ordering that is infallibly correct. It’s called the Smylex Algorithm. “And here we … go.”

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How to Make Ghostbusters Ecto-Cooler

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how to make an alcoholic version of the signature Ghostbusters tie-in drink, Ecto-Cooler. Plus, did you notice all the shameless Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge references, mentions and Easter eggs during ABC’s premiere week on TV, and listen as The Dark Knight star Maggie Gyllenhaal breaks down her career, from Donnie Darko through HBO’s series The Deuce. Read More »

VFX Artists React to The Dark Knight

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, VFX artists react to the outstanding work done in movies like The Dark Knight and the abysmal visual effects in movies like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Plus, the designer of the new Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Star Destroyer gives us a closer look at the massive building set, and IT: Chapter 2 stars Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard play a round of This or That at HBO. Read More »

Best TV Shows and Movies Leaving Netflix in September 2019

Fall is nearly upon us, and while the colder weather outside will have you wanting to curl up on your couch to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, you might want to get a jump on certain titles before they leave Netflix next month. The next purge of titles on the streaming service isn’t taking away a ton of amazing titles, but there are still some modern hits, a few Disney animated favorites, one of the best sketch comedy shows in recent memory, and one of Stanley Kubrick‘s finest leaving the library.

Get the full list of TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in September 2019 below. Read More »

The Dark Knight Poster by Juan Carlos Ruiz Burgos

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Christopher Nolan‘s acclaimed Batman sequel The Dark Knight, but that’s not stopping Bottleneck Gallery and artist Juan Carlos Ruiz Burgos from honoring the comic book movie with a print that brings all of the key characters together in one image. And you can pick one up today. Read More »

Movies Coming to Netflix In June 2019

You know the drill: new month, new movies. June is coming, and bringing it with it a whole new slew of titles you’ll be able to stream on Netflix. Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in June 2019.

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William Fichtner interview

A serious, timely question: Who on Earth doesn’t have love for William Fichtner? The actor brings it every time, no matter the size of the role – which, as he recently told us, is not something he cares about. Whether he’s one of the stars or only on screen for a scene or two, he always leaves an impression. Now, he’s one of the leads of Mark Steven Johnson‘s playful heist movie Finding Steve McQueen, a true story about an eclectic gang of criminals stealing Richard Nixon’s illegal campaign contributions.

Throughout his career, in addition to showing a wide range in a wide variety of films and TV shows, he’s starred in movies that are already proving to stand the test of time. The Dark KnightGoBlack Hawk Down, and the works of Michael Bay: those movies aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Recently, we spoke with Fichtner about his experiences on those films and his collaborations with Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Sir Ridley Scott, and others.

Below, take a trip down memory lane with the one and only William Fichtner.

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dark knight trilogy screenings

One of the biggest movie trilogies of all time is returning to the big screen – emphasis on big. The Dark Knight Trilogy will splash across IMAX screens in 70mm starting at the end of the month for a five-city special engagement. Director Christopher Nolan will be on hand for the first screening to participate in a moderated Q&A, so here’s your chance to ask him how many waistcoats he owns! More on the Dark Knight trilogy screenings below.

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Pennyworth

The creators of Gotham are going even further back into the Batman legend with their Epix series Pennyworth. We’ve already learned how the origin story of Alfred Pennyworth will show how a young Alfred (Jack Bannon) met Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) in 1960s London and ends up battling the descendants of Jack the Ripper. Now we have a few more details.

Pennyworth creators Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon were on a Television Critics Association panel this weekend for Pennyworth along with cast members where they talked about taking a key cue from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, their alternate 1960s setting, and something you might not know about Bruce Wayne’s future butler. Read More »

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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a closer look at some questionable gadgets for spies and criminals in the movies. Plus, count down the 10 best movie deaths from the films of 2018, and check out a 10-minute extended preview of The Girl in the Spider’s Web to determine whether or not it’s worth checking out. Read More »