Costume King: Joker Beats Batman

This year brings us an interesting array of Halloween getups, with all the superheroes, villains and divas portrayed on the big screen recently. We surveyed nearly 3,000 filmgoers about the top movie-inspired costumes for Halloween, and, no surprise here, the crown goes to “The Joker,” as immortalized by the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Christian Bale’s “Batman” trailed closely behind and Robert Downey, Jr.’s “Iron Man” took third place.

Heath Ledger as The Joker And now for the ladies. First place goes to Anna Faris’ sex icon in The House Bunny. Angelina Jolie’s assassin Fox from Wanted followed, but for teens whose moms won’t let them don a playboy bunny outfit or tote a few guns, Hanna Montana came in third.

Movies releasing after Halloween are also providing costume ideas, such as Twilight’s Bella, which ranked fifth. Group coordination could be popular this year with High School Musical 3 for inspiration, as well as Sex and the City ladies for a more mature crowd.

Excited about dressing up? The Joker in a nurse’s uniform—that’d put a smile on my face.

Here are the full results of the survey:

MEN:
1. The Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight
2. Batman (Christian Bale) in The Dark Knight
3. Iron Man/Tony Stark (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 (Tobin Bell) in Saw V
9. Simple Jack (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 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

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