Whoa! Joey Lawrence Really, Really Wants to Be the Next Batman

Steven Henry, Getty Images
Steven Henry, Getty Images

After years of speculation, Ben Affleck has finally confirmed that he is indeed retiring his cape and handing the role of Batman off to yet another actor. Just who that actor will be is the real question. Both fans and Hollywood insiders have spent months theorizing about who could play the Caped Crusader next. While Armie Hammer and Jon Hamm seem to be the frontrunners, the buzz—and list of actors being considered for the role—will only grow until Warner Bros. and The Batman director Matt Reeves officially announce their new leading man. Which gives '90s sitcom star Joey Lawrence plenty of time to try to convince the powers that be that he is Batman. Whoa!

While you probably know Joey Lawrence for his parts in sitcoms like Melissa & Joey, Blossom, and Brotherly Love—not to mention his one-time musical career, or his awesomely '90s catchphrase "Whoa!"—he’s clearly been pining for the perfect dark and brooding role to come along. The 42-year-old has taken to Instagram to fervently profess his desire to become The Dark Knight.

Lawrence's grassroots campaign to be cast as the next Batman began in earnest back in January, when he told his (181,000) followers, “I want this part! Let’s do this!! Been dreaming of saving #Gotham far back as my memory goes!” He implored his fans to help make this casting dream come true by letting Warner Bros. and DC Comics know that they, too, want Blossom's dumb brother to land this role!

After Affleck officially announced his retirement from the DC Universe, Lawrence reminded his fans of his lifelong superhero dreams—then offered up that casting him would essentially be the same as casting Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy.

When Affleck admitted that part of his reason for departing the DC Universe was that he "couldn't crack" the role of Batman, Lawrence swore that wouldn't be a problem for him.

Lawrence’s most recent Batman-centric posts shows a side-by-side photo of him and Gotham's Dark Knight, plus an announcement that a petition to get him the part has in fact been started.

The petition, which has a goal of 1000 signatures, had 770 at press time. While we’re not sure having 1000 people in your corner is the way to convince a major studio that you can front a multi-billion-dollar franchise and play a role that has previously been filled by a bunch of Oscar winners, it's better than nothing, right?

With The Batman slated for a 2021 theatrical release, Warner Bros. has either found their new Batman and just hasn't announced it yet, has narrowed it down to just a couple of key names, or they're currently searching Change.org for possible actors to fill the role.

Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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Three Major Game of Thrones Stars Submitted Themselves for Emmys After HBO Chose Not To

Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
Gwendoline Christie and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones.
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HBO dominated the 2019 Emmy nominations, which were announced earlier this week, with a record-breaking 32 nominations for Game of Thrones's highly contentious final season alone.

Ten of Game of Thrones's nominations came via the acting categories, several of which were hardly surprising: Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke landed nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams will compete against each other in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories. What did come as a surprise, however, were the first-time nominations for Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten—not because they didn’t deserve them, but because HBO didn't submit them for consideration.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO confirmed that the network did not enter the three actors for consideration by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This means that the actors’ representatives shelled out the $225 entry fees themselves.

While this might seem unfair, self-submissions are a pretty common practice. As Game of Thrones has many, many characters, all of them played by great actors, it's simply not possible for the network to enter every one of them. As it stands now, four of the six nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress are Game of Thrones co-stars (van Houten was nominated in the Guest Actress category), while three of the Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees are from Westeros.

Whether they made it onto the official ballot because of HBO or not, Game of Thrones fans are ecstatic that Allen, Christie, and van Houten are finally getting the Emmy recognition they deserve. Can one of them triumph? We'll just have to wait until September 22 to find out.

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