Barbenheimer meme. (Courtesy:Twitter)
Even if you are only remotely interested in the entertainment industry or pop culture, you cannot have missed the buzz around the clash of two of Hollywood's biggest films, Greta Gerwig's Barbie and Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer. The two films, which are as different as chalk and cheese in subject matter and treatment, have cinema lovers across the world divided. As fandoms and movie aficionados passionately discuss and debate which film to watch first or even watch at all, there appears to be only one winner – the memers of the world. Yes, the greatest cinematic clash in recent memory has proved to be just the right fodder for meme makers, who are clearly having a blast creating content about the Barbie vs Oppenheimer clash.
While Oppenheimer is a biographical thriller based on Robert Oppenheimer, the mind behind the world's first atomic bomb, Barbie is a fantasy comedy based on the iconic fashion dolls by Mattel. Oppenheimer boasts of a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy in the titular role with Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Josh Hartnett, and Casey Affleck. Barbie, meanwhile, is headlined by Margot Robbie with Ryan Gosling as Ken, and America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, and Will Ferrell in important roles.
The section of memes that have spawned from this clash of the Titans even has its own moniker – the Barbenheimer memes. To top it all, fans have also fused the two films into posters for one film titled (not surprisingly) Barbenheimer. As expected, Margot Robbie as Barbieand Cillian Murphy as Robert Oppenheimer feature predominantly on most posters and memes.
Here's a poster of Barbiein Robert Oppenheimer's war-torn world with overcast skies. Titled Barbenheimer, the fan-made poster says, “A film by Christopher Nolan and Greta Gerwig.”
Here are some other examples of the two films inspiring each other's fan-made posters.
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Sharing an image of a pink cloud of dust, one Twitter user wrote, “The Barbie/ Oppenheimer crossover has begun.”
Here's the ultimate Barbie and Oppenheimer crossover poster that a user shared with the note, “It's #Barbenheimer week and I'm obsessed with this poster.”
"Whoever made this is insane," said one fan, sharing another poster.
There is also merchandise to add to the craze:
Also, a fan-made Barbenheimer trailer – yes, you read that right – has gone viral, for all the right reasons. Take a look:
Margot Robbie, in an interview with BBC Radio 1 on July 18, also shared her two bits on the Barbenheimer meme fest. “People are so clever, people who come up with those funny memes,” she said, even as co-star Ryan Gosling remained confused about what makes a meme.
Meanwhile, the stars of both films are supporting each other. While Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie posed with their Oppenheimer tickets, Emily Blunt in an interview with USA Today said about the clash, “It's really cool and that's what we want: that full spectrum of what you can see in movie theaters. We love it.”
Both films have been slated to release on July 21. While the internet buzz around the project continues, actors of both projects are unable to promote the film in light of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.