Heath Ledger's Joker tops Fandango's 2008 Most Popular Costume list

Mon, October 13th, 2008 at 12:10pm PDT

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CBR News Team, Editor

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Fandango has announced the results of an October survey of nearly 3,000 filmgoers, who ranked their top Halloween costume inspirations from movies released in 2008.

"The Joker”, as immortalized by the late Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”, took the top spot for the most popular men’s costume inspired by a 2008 movie, with Christian Bale’s “Batman” not far behind. Robert Downey, Jr.’s movie roles in “Iron Man” and “Tropic Thunder” helped round out the third and fourth choices, while Harrison Ford’s “Indiana Jones” made up the fifth pick.

“The House Bunny’, as played by Anna Faris, took the top spot for the most popular women’s costume inspired by a 2008 movie, followed by characters played by Kristen Stewart (the upcoming “Twilight”), Angelina Jolie (“Wanted”), Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana 3D”), and Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical 3: Senior Year”).

“Movies have always been great fodder for Halloween costume ideas,“ says Ted Hong, Vice President of Marketing for Fandango. “Many of pop culture’s most iconic characters come from film. The best part is that each year you get a new supply of costume suggestions, thanks to the latest Hollywood inspirations, and this year has provided a bumper crop.”

For those needing a little help with their costume plans, Fandango is offering a fun Halloween Costume Recommendation Quiz featuring iconic movie characters from 2008 and earlier. Also, check out the Design-Your-Own-Fandango-Bag-Puppet-Costume Game, both at www.fandangofun.com

Here are the top ten Halloween costumes, based on movies released in 2008, for each category:

MEN:

1. The Joker (as played by Heath Ledger) in "The Dark Knight"; 2. Batman (Christian Bale) in “The Dark Knight”; 3. Iron Man/Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.); 4. Kirk Lazarus as a black action hero (Robert Downey, Jr.) in “Tropic Thunder”; 5. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in “Indy 4”; 6. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) in “Hellboy II:The Golden Army”; 7. Harvey Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart) in “The Dark Knight”; 8. Jigsaw (“Saw V”); 9. Simple Jack (as played by Ben Stiller) in “Tropic Thunder”; 10. Saul the Dealer (James Franco) in “Pineapple Express.”

WOMEN:

1. “The House Bunny” (Anna Faris); 2. Fox (Angelina Jolie) in “Wanted”; 3. “Hannah Montana” (Miley Cyrus); 4. Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”; 5. Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the upcoming “Twilight”; 6. Donna (Meryl Streep) in “Mamma Mia”; 7. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) in “Indy 4”; 8. Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall in “Sex and the City”); 9. “The Duchess” (Keira Knightley); 10. Evolet (Camilla Belle) in “10,000 B.C.”

COUPLE/GROUP COSTUMES:

1. The ladies in “Sex and the City”; 2. The Joker and Batman in “The Dark Knight”; 3. The high schoolers in “Twilight”; 4. The high schoolers in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”; 5. Iron Man/Tony Stark (Downey, Jr.) & Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in “Iron Man”; 6. Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) & Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) in “Get Smart”; 7. Wall-E and Eve in “Wall-E”; 8. Chad (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) in ‘Burn After Reading”; 9. “Step Brothers” (Will Ferrell & John C. Reillly); 10. Harold and Kumar (John Cho and Kal Penn) in “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.”

About Fandango

One of the Web’s top movie and entertainment destinations, Fandango sells tickets to more than 15,000 screens. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com. Fandango is a unit of Comcast Interactive Media

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