And America's Favorite Batman Actor Is ...

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Polls are typically used to measure the general public’s opinions on various trending topics: How is the president doing, according to average Americans? What are people’s thoughts on Brexit? How do people feel about public libraries? Now, a recent poll has determined the public's opinion on another very important topic: Who is America’s favorite Batman actor?

The poll, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, offered a selection between the five most popular actors to play the Caped Crusader, including Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, and Ben Affleck. The winner? Bale—but only by a slight margin.

Bale got 39 percent of the vote, while Keaton came in as a very close second at 38 percent. Clooney came in third with 19 percent, Affleck landed at 18 percent, and Kilmer came in last at 17 percent. The poll makes a note that these percentages were calculated based on who rated the actor as “very favorable,” so the total won’t add up to 100 percent.

The widespread belief that Bale is the best Batman may be bolstered by the fact that Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy includes some of the most beloved (and critically acclaimed) superhero movies of all time. It also doesn’t hurt that he got to act alongside the late Heath Ledger as the Joker. In the same poll's Best Joker category, Ledger won with a whopping 60 percent, while Jack Nicholson earned a 58 percent, and Jared Leto only got 18 percent. So while Bale was a superb Batman, it certainly also helped that his director and co-star were such strong contenders, too.

The poll also asked for fan opinions on Catwoman, and Halle Berry came out on top with a 42 percent “very favorable” score. Michelle Pfeiffer came second at 41 percent, and Anne Hathaway brought in only 26 percent.

The next actor to play Batman will be Robert Pattinson, and a poll showed that fans under 30 were in favor of the casting, while older fans preferred Nicholas Hoult, who Pattinson reportedly beat out for the role.

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
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When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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