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.

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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