The crucial difference between The Dark Knight and Tim Burton's Batman is the Joker

It’s been 10 years since Christopher Nolan unleashed The Dark Knight, which has more or less been praised as the best Batman movie, if not the best superhero movie of all time. Heath Ledger’s Joker is often cited as the film’s masterstroke, and has earned further praise for the way Ledger and Nolan successfully created…

Tim Burton played fast and loose with the caped crusader in his visionary blockbuster Batman

For a little while there, people were shaving the Batman insignia into their hair. That’s the level of cultural dominance that Tim Burton’s Batman had going for it in the summer of 1989. Batman made a ton of money—over $400 million globally, in 1989 dollars—but that’s really only the half of it.

UPDATED: Jack Nicholson to star in the American Toni Erdmann remake, his first film since 2010

Jack Nicholson hasn’t been in a new movie since 2010, but apparently he’s found the project that will bring him out of semi-retirement: According to Variety, he’s going to play the lead in a remake of Germany’s critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Toni Erdmann. Nicholson will star as the false-teeth-loving father…

The Joker has cackled through movies and TV shows for 50 years now

Don’t call it a comeback. The Joker’s been here for years, rocking his peers and putting suckers in fear. But, in truth, it could not be more appropriate that Suicide Squad is topping the box office charts right now, since this year marks the 50th anniversary of The Joker’s first onscreen portrayal. The character goes…

A supercut pays tribute to cinema’s worst cases of writer’s block

Writer’s block is traditionally not very cinematic. After all, movies are supposed to depict things happening, and this is specifically about something not happening. And yet, writer’s block is a theme the movies have returned to many times. Now, Ben Watts and Ivan Kander have curated cinema’s best moments of creative…

Easy Rider ushered in a new generation of filmmakers not born to follow

As is often the case with pop touchstones, the experience of watching Easy Rider from start to finish is very different from receiving the movie—as so many have—in pieces. In clip-packages meant to encapsulate what “the ’60s” were all about, Easy Rider is a distilled expression of counterculture cool, with a…

Jack Nicholson and Joe Pesci both turned down Louis C.K.’s Horace And Pete

Horace And Pete may not have made a ton of money (yet, anyway), but it did earn everybody involved a lot of critical regard. And while Edie Falco and Steve Buscemi have both been rightly lauded for their contributions to Louis C.K.’s odd experiment in self-published TV, no one garnered as much positive word of mouth…

Attention all creeps: What famous person’s life would you want to assume?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Jack Nicholson had the perfect take on that photo of Jared Leto’s Joker

There were many reactions to that photo of Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. And while there are reports that the tattooed, grilled-out, sinister Juggalo look may not be what shows up in the finished film, people are still not quite sure how to feel about it. Sure, it’s helpful to know that…