Barbie vs. Oppenheimer: What’s Behind This Fun Rivalry?

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Barbie and J. Robert Oppenheimer are two names that have been making headlines recently. The two are not only from different worlds but also from different eras. However, they have one thing in common — they are both the subjects of two highly anticipated movies that are set to be released soon. Here’s everything you need to know about each movie and the friendly rivalry between them.

What Is the Oppenheimer Movie?

Oppenheimer is an upcoming biographical drama film that tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American physicist who is known as the father of the atomic bomb. The film is being directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer. The film boasts a variety of excellent well-known actors, including Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Rami Malek.

Director Christopher Nolan has gained somewhat of a cult following in the last few decades, and it’s been two years since the release of his most recent film, Tenet, in 2021. Oppenheimer will be Nolan’s first biographical film, and it will be interesting to see the beloved director experiment with this new style. Oppenheimer will also be Nolan’s longest-running film yet at nearly three hours long.

What Is the New Barbie Movie?

The new Barbie movie is a live-action comedy film that follows the story of the iconic Barbie, a doll who is expelled from “Barbie Land” for not being perfect enough. The movie is directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie’s boyfriend Ken. The film also stars Issa Rae and Hari Nef as Barbies.

From Barbie fashion to Barbie and Ken’s hilarious journey to the real world, Barbie fans have a lot to be excited for in this upcoming movie, the first live-action one in the history of the franchise.

Where Did This Rivalry Come From?

The rivalry between Barbie and Oppenheimer started when it was announced that both movies would be released on the same day — July 21, 2023. Fans of both movies took to social media to express their excitement and anticipation for their respective films. However, some fans also started a friendly rivalry between the two movies.

Matt Damon, who plays General Leslie Groves in Oppenheimer, responded to the rivalry by reportedly saying “People are allowed to go see two movies in a weekend. ‘Oppenheimer’ is one of them!”

When and Where Can You Watch These Movies?

Both movies are set to be released in theaters on July 21, 2023. Barbie is being distributed by Warner Bros, who own the newly rebranded MAX streaming service, so it’s likely the film will make its streaming service debut on that platform sometime this fall. 

Christopher Nolan notably parted ways with Warner Bros several years ago over their practice of releasing movies in theaters and on its streaming services at the same time. Nolan, who is now working with Universal, will be keeping Oppenheimer in theaters and out of streaming services for at least 100 days after its release. It’s not yet announced where it will be available for in-home viewing after that time.