We know which comic book movies made the most money in 2012. And we could argue endlessly about which movie was the best of the year in terms of quality. But how do these films' heroes and villains rank when judging them by their Bacon Numbers?
Bacon Numbers, if you don't already know, are a new form of Google metric that assigns a number to any given celebrity based on their closeness to a Kevin Bacon film. Just Google the words "Bacon Number" and your film star of choice's name together, and you'll get your answer. It's the most search-friendly way to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and a fantastic time-suck besides.
So, that out of the way, I spent a sad amount of time today getting the Bacon Numbers of some of 2012's most prominent comic book movie characters. The results differ greatly from what I'd consider the best films of the year. "The Dark Knight Rises," for example, is my second favorite superhero flick of 2012. But its central hero only ranks fourth in terms of Bacon Numbers. Poor Batsy. (Loki, pictured above with a bacon mustache to put Wendy to shame, is a two.)
No more spoilers. Read on for the year's comic book movie heroes in Bacon Numbers.
by Ryan Rigley
If there's one thing that fans have taken away from Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" it's that there's never a shortage of comic book-related humor. It's no wonder that the Emmy award-winning stop-motion series has set its sights on the entirety of the DC Comics universe for their latest venture, the "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special," premiering September 9 on Adult Swim at midnight.
"We show you exactly why Aquaman is part of the Super Friends," Seth Green, co-creator of "Robot Chicken," told MTV News about the premise behind the special. "After all his putting up with this abuse, his moment has come to shine ... and slip on a puddle."
Kevin Shinick, the creative director behind "Robot Chicken," also spoke with MTV and told us how this DC parody of massive proportions first came to fruition. "You know we had done the 'Star Wars' special and that kinda cracked open a whole new world for us," said Shinick on the beginnings of RCDC. "George Lucas just kinda said 'Yeah, go ahead and have fun with this.' And that was like a revelation."
by Joel Hanek (@joelhanek)
If you've been on the internets at all this year then you know that "The Avengers" has created some of the most fervent fandom in the comic-sphere. But what is it about the God of Mischief that's, well, just so charming?
In the spring of 2012, Mr. Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, came through the MTV News offices to film a skit that Josh Horowitz and I wrote for MTV After Hours. The sketch, "Loki'd," entailed a delusional version of Mr. Hiddleston benignly torturing our host over the span of a day. Not only did Tom prove to be the one of the nicest humans to exist (he stayed even longer than scheduled just to throw himself into boxes and writhe around on the floor), but he also turned out to be hilarious: while dressed up as "Steve," Tom decided on the spot to name his fake mustache "Wendy."
Which brings us to today, when #ProjectWendy began popping up all over Twitter.
Maybe Bane's happily ever after wasn't so happy after all.
When we last checked in with Bane, he was happy and healthy seven years after the events of "The Dark Knight Rises." But now we've learned that he's living life as a telemarketer, and it's not a charmed existence. It turns out that Gotham's Reckoning is much better suited to overthrowing cities than he is to selling time-shares. Between being mocked by his coworkers and not being able to find a new love to replace Talia al Ghul, Bane doesn't look like he's fitting in so well. At least he finally ditched his vest, though.
There is no such thing as having too much fun with Bane's voice. In fact, the more we here at Splash Page meditate on "The Dark Knight Rises," the more Tom Hardy's wild accent for the back-breaking League of Shadows leader stands out as the film's highlight.
Nothing illustrates that point better than juxtaposing Bane's voice with another classic cinema villain: Darth Vader. Watch some of the "Star Wars" bad guy's most iconic scenes recut with Bane's dialogue after the break!
It's been a month and a half since "The Dark Knight Rises" hit theaters and, though it's been doing great in theaters, there have been plenty of criticisms leveled at the Christopher Nolan film since its arrival. Love it or hate it, it's hard to argue that "The Dark Knight Rises" has its fair share of flaws.
Last month, illustrator Tokyosexwhale saw Nolan's final "Dark Knight" film on the big screen and styled a review of the film as a hilarious comic strip that he posted to his personal blog. It should go without saying that the strip contains some spoilers, but it is worth reading if you have seen the flick. His take on the movie's various plot holes and inconsistencies has turned into one of the funniest critiques of "The Dark Knight Rises" we've seen on the web yet. Very big thanks to Badass Digest for bringing this hilarious comic review to our attention.
It's really not all that hard to figure out why Loki hates Thor so much. Just look at the two of them. Put your Tom Hiddleston super-crush aside and really look. Thor's got the better hair. He's got the bigger muscles. He's got daddy's approval. And he's got a hell of a hammer.
On that last point, however, Thor seems to be feeling a bit generous, based on a new piece of "Avengers" fan art that popped onto my radar this morning. Why should Thor be the only Asgardian prince with a super-cool hammer at his disposal? Sure, Loki might not be able to wield Mjolnir, but that doesn't mean he can't have a hammer that packs a shocking punch, right?
See Thor's inventive gift to Loki after the break!
If all of Earth's mightiest heroes were truly on hand for "Marvel's The Avengers," there would be at least one more addition to that roster of superheroes: Batman.
The Caped Crusader doesn't turn into a giant green rage monster, nor does he strike lightning by way of a mighty hammer. But what he lacks in super-powers he more than makes up for in shadowy justice and billions upon billions of bucks. An amazing asset to any super-team if we've ever heard of one.
Of course, not only was Batman not a part of the "Avengers" roster, he was actively positioned against them with his very own summer blockbuster, "The Dark Knight Rises." But what if, hypothetically, Bruce Wayne had been around to help Captain America and pals fend off the invading Chitauri forces at the end of Joss Whedon's superhero epic? It might have looked a little something like the College Humor video you'll see below.
Batman wants to be the very best, like no one ever was. To catch them is his real test, and to throw them off rooftops is his cause. Or something like that.
In other words, watch Gotham City's greatest crime-fighter join forces with the Pokémon universe in the video past the break!
By Bryant Gilmore
Now that Christopher Nolan's take on the Batman franchise is over and done, it's safe to say that Christian Bale's performance will go down as one of the best in the Batman series. Sorry to Adam West, you're still a close second, but Bale was able to refine the character of the Dark Knight enough to make it completely his own.
The only gripe that most fans had with Bale is the way would drop and change his voice when he was in the Batsuit to disguise himself from those who knew him as Bruce Wayne. The voice change had a certain deep, incoherent mumbling and sounded almost like a certain children's show character.
Check out the video after the jump!