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Wanna see a crazy picture... that just might be Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Lord knows my bullshit detector isn't great when it comes to early photos. I posted some early concepts of Heath Ledger as the Joker that, while accurate to all available information at the time, were fan-made. And I might be duped again. We at AICN have our fingers on the strings of some sources to authenticate this pic if we can, but it's just too bizarre and, in my opinion, sweet as hell not to share. Consider this a rumor, consider it possibly fake, but take a gander at this pic of Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

I really, really like it. Even if it could be fake, it has a kind of Kabuki theater mixed with Tim Burton's trademarked gothic style. What do you folks think?

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  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Very poncey

    by Aloy

    ..if it is real.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Oh my

    by HorrorFan81


  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    by ThomasServo

    I love some Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.. but the Kabuki thing not so much. I hate the weird cheekbones and lipstick.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by secretcylon

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Toe Puckin Toopid

    by ChezKing

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Somehow I don't think a fake would look that cool

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Methinks there's a little too much creative flair in this for it to be a Photoshop moment. I say "legit".

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by Mockingbuddha


  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    that's really a picture of Helena Bonnam Carter

    by future help

    i guess Tim really desires Depp.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Good to see Bernadette Peters getting work.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Not really,

    by AJH313

    sorry, I just don't get it. It looks overly busy and unnecessarily ugly. God I hope that's not real...

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I'm still grumpy at Burton for not making Great Glass Elevator

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    When CatCFactory came out a few years ago I was so looking forward to GGElevator and all the way-out visuals they could now realize with todays effect capabilities. I mean, c'mon, you don't make the first part of a two-part story and NOT MAKE part two. Well, guess it'll take another generation.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Now AICN posts shit from

    by FuckMichaelBay


  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    The cult of Depp

    by jimmay

    It doesn't matter what he looks like, they could slap a tea cozy over his head and make him do all his lines after sucking helium and 98% of the world public would still gush over his character.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I dunno

    by danthemagnum

    looks pretty dumb to me

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I think it's real...

    by Zardoz

    it looks like a pic from someone's camera phone and seems legit. The shadows behind him seem to match. This could be an interesting film, and a welcome return to form for Burton...

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    More like Sweeney Todd's retarded sister.

    by JonRD463


  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by banville he shoving his fingers up the bunny's arse?

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it's actually Bernadette Peters

    by xevoid

    Depp is nowhere in this picture. God, I had forgotten about her.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    by unkempt_sock

    fuckin stupid. fuck depp

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Sweeney Todd is the first Burton film. . .

    by jimmay

    I haven't abjectly hated or, worse, found myself completely indifferent to in years. That said, Depp's performance in it was completely unremarkable, which lead to my post above. I mean how hard is it to brood for 90 minutes, seriously?

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Just as surprising...

    by sewiz

    As the casting of Depp in the first place, which is to say...not at all...if this is indeed legit.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:48 p.m. CST

    very impressed either way

    by Obscura

    a great look, or a photoshop impress-o-gasm

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Either real or EXTREMELY good photoshop

    by br1947

    shadowing, image blurring, hues.. it all looks pretty legit. <br><br>but I do have to agree with YackBacker, it does look like Data after a night on the town

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by Fing Fang Foom

    Looks really bad. Too much blush

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Everybody will want to be him for HALLOWEEN next year

    by JasonGrey

    Just like everyone wanted to be JOKER. With that said, he looks fuckin badass. It's like a mixture of edward scissorhands, toshi from x-japan, boy george, and the fairy godmother

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST


    by PirateEmery

    I nearly fell out of my chair...

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I'm not a hater, but....

    by Xandar1977

    rarely do I call bullshit on something, but this just looks bad. It looks like Depp at a halloween party. Burton could have come up with something better than that. I guess we'll wait and see. And Bernadette Peters? She's just a redheaded Madeline Kahn. Zing!

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by alice 13

    i bet hes ruthless.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Oh come on.

    by Ironthorman

    It's pretty damn cool. I think Depp is a great actor and there have been many an excellent moments of cinema birthed from his collaborations with Burton. Not a flawless record but close to it. Never did understand the Burton/Depp bashing.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    A Very Merry Unbirthday!

    by PirateEmery

    To You! To Me? Yes, you!

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Visual Kei!!!

    by Anna Valerious

    Definitely looks like Kozi from his Malice Mizer days. I'm really hoping more Visual Kei style is used in films...preferably that "Phantom of the Paradise" remake.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    i'm smelling another bad burton film.

    by coachaaron

    i seriously haven't liked anything the guy has done since big fish and even that was very "burton." why can't he just do original works instead of retellings, or remakes, or whatever? this guy used to be my favorite film maker and now he's a joke. this picture looks ridiculously stupid, count me out.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Harajuku+Faux Gothic stylings=

    by conspiracy

    this fucking mess. Who would'a thunk mid-90's thrift store chic, Color blind Japanese girls, and the hijacking of an architectural movement would have led us down this sad road.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by slowgraffiti

    You're dead right. Burton is the worst! A woman a care a great deal for loves him, but shit...Watch Batman Returns and try to defend him. I'm not saying 'remember' Batman Returns, I'm saying watch that steam pile! Enough, Burton, enough.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    When I saw Depp and Mad Hatter in the same headline ...

    by Geekgasm

    ... I thought it was gonna be about a Batman sequel. Because Roddy McDowell was just. that. good. on the Batman animated show.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I will say however.....

    by conspiracy

    it looks a damned sight better and more original than the Virus infected MONKEY RAPING JJ is giving Star Trek!

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    I always thought I was a Tim Burton fan

    by Frank Black

    ...but then I realized I liked the idea of Tim Burton movies better than what he came up with! His movies don't age well and aside from being quirky, they aren't terribly original and don't tell stories I haven't experienced before. I must confess that Pee Wee's Big Adventure is my favorite of his films in terms of pure entertainment but his serious efforts miss the mark (and I will never forgive him for the awful Planet of the Apes remake... they didn't need to make a remake, they just needed more Ape movies...) To be fair, I haven't seen Sweeny Todd and want to, but I do hope for the day when his films meet my expectations...

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I never pictured Alice in Wonderland as dark

    by Crimson Dynamo

    I always thought it more dayglo/psychedelic, like '67 era Peter Max and John Lennon

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Shit, I thought this was about Depp as Mad Hatter in the next Ba

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Fuck Alice.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    In the next Batman

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Damn word count went over.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I think this is real.


    Unlike those early Ledger pics, this actually looks like him. If it's not authentic, it's a GREAT fake.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Adam Ant leaving the homeless shelter

    by wash

    Poor dude.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by Anna Valerious

    The Gothic and Lolita movement is gaining momentum in the US and the rest of the world. You can't escape it.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Really interesting

    by buffywrestling

    It's like a character from Nightmare Before Christmas or the Corpse Bride came to life.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by Defrost

    He looks like how he always looks in Tim Burton movies

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Another big mistake, just like Wonka

    by quantize

    Depp is utterly over rated as a character actor...that woeful and silly performance in the Choc Factory I would have though woke people up...the dude can kill it with some roles, but he is NO master of all characters.. Ya woulda thought those limp ass pirate movies would have further rammed the point home

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Sick of Burton

    by ZeroCorpse

    Sick of his self-indulgent, go-nowhere stories. Sick of his "look how creepy I am" attitude. Sick of his choices of same-old-same-old makeup, costumes, and film scores. Sick of his need to have EVERYTHING be a "re-imagining" in his style. <p> Sleepy Hollow, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Planet of the Apes, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, WHEN WILL HE MAKE AN ORIGINAL FILM AGAIN?!?! <p>

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    so fake!

    by crazy4dragons13

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    He's not the star of the film though. The chick from

    by GQtaste

    the HBO series "In Treatment," Mia Wasikowska is Alice and I think he picked one hell of a young actor to play her!

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Parody of themselves

    by cookepuss

    Seriously. Burton's "style" is nothing more than a hollow & shallow mimicry of his greatest earlier efforts. He's going through the motions now.<p> <p> And Depp.... Awesome actor. However, he's pigeon-holed himself by sticking with Burton. Depp does some wonderful eccentric characters, but he's also capable of more ... normal stuff. Anybody remember him in "Nick of Time" with Walken? I want to see more of THAT Depp - intense without being odd. Under Burton's direction, he's turning into a one note player.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Also the film isn't coming out till March 2010.

    by GQtaste

    Thats an eternity away from now.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    3 little maids.....from school

    by Loosejerk

    Where's Chevy Chase!!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    looks TOO dramatic and fake...


    the makeup just makes it look like make really like to see him steer far clear of both jack sparrow and willy wonka for this..

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    He's mad! Wonderfully...funderfully mad!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    My goodness, Depp. Where is Steve Buscemi when you need him?

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I hate it.

    by cyberskunk

    That was my initial thought. I think my reaction was a little strong, but I don't like it. Maybe it works wonderfully in context of the full movie, but I don't like the representation.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I honestly don't know what to think...

    by sonnyfern

    It looks fucking crazy...

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    looks a little like chris walken

    by prunkhaft

    and I don't give a shit about future Burton projects.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    "Return to form for Burton"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Burton hasn't made a "bad" movie since Planet Of The Apes (and I still liked that movie), yet everyone always piles on about how "awful" his last movie was.

  • not a live action David Bowie tribute band. If it was a real picture wouldn't it be Johnny Depp with a bunch of dots painted on his face?

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Gay Zombie Harpo Marx

    by Deus X Meshuga

    **Honk** BRAAAAIIINNSS!! **Honk-Honk** BUUUTTSEX!!

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Burton is done.

    by The Ghost of Marcus Brody

    pic looks aaight though.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Depp for Pee-Wee 2

    by Staldo

    It looks completely unremarkable. It's so thrown together it almost feels like Burton had Depp done up like this and had the picture taken to throw people off how he'll really look, something completely un burtonesque. The Pirates movies seem to be a psychological experiment in actor saturation. Take a likeable actor and character (Depp) and see how much they can overexpose them until audiences actually wretch at the sight of them. I now hate Jack Sparrow with a passion and might find myself hating Depp if it weren't for a little movie called Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Depp, the children's entertainer is about in the realm of Pee-Wee Herman, adults find him grating but maladjusted kids can build their entire childhoods off impersonating him. There's an idea, Burton. Get a deal with Paul Reubens to have Depp play the Wee. A handsome Pee Wee for a new generation.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    I think it's half CG half real...

    by sonnyfern

    but I don't freaking know anymore...never can get a straight answer out of anyone nowadays...

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I don't really like it.

    by jimbojones123

    That is all.

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    So does this mean

    by Series7

    That Meghan Fox is Wonder Women? Or was she already replaced by Don Cheadle.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    IF it's fake...

    by Dominic-Vobiscum

    IF...IF...wonder what would have been used as the source materials. <br><br> That synopsis someone posted in a talkback a while back sounded stupid as hell. The one where this is a "sequel" to Wonderland and how The Hatter and Alice are star crossed lovers or some shit. Stupid as hell. I have no problem with Burton using Depp as his surrogate, but enough with the big budget mastubatory wish fulfillment fantasies already. We get it. You're a misunderstood outcast. Now go comb your hair and stop dressing like you shop at Hot Topic.<br><br> I kid...but no...seriously...knock it off.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Good god, you had me worried there for a second...

    by Mindtrip

    ... whenI viewed that picture and thought not only, "That's the direction the next Batman is going in?" but, "The Mad Hatter is going to be in the next Batman movie?!" Eh, I guess it kinda works for Alice in Wonderland...

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST

    look at his tie/scarf/ascot/whatever that is...

    by MoseSchrute

    Is the design on it Jack Skellington? I think there are little glimpses of Skellington in all Tim Burton movies (i.e. in a lure in Big Fish). Better reason to think it's Burton, or better reason to think it's fan made? Not sure which.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

    Looks like typical Burton. So what? The goth retards are having a party.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Son of Mrs. Peacock?

    by finky089

    just sayin....

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST


    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    me likes it.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Ed Wood

    by Prossor

    best burton/depp movie

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Blow it out your ass, slowgraffiti

    by caruso_stalker217

    1998 says: BATMAN RETURNS is DA BOMB!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    That's him alright.

    by caltsoudas

    That's what he looks lke in the Unit Photography images I've seen. I don't know where the rabbit came from though. That rabbit and the hand that is holding it seem like they may be photoshopped, because both the March Hare and White Rabbit are completely cgi and they both have white fur and clthes on.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    What. The. Hell?

    by force_fed

    Seriously? This looks like garbage. There's no way this is anything more than a high school art/ fashion project gone horribly wrong. If it is real then I have lost all respect for TB. Is he banging a seamstress? Kill me now.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Looks like Robert Smith joined Cirque Du Soleil

    by Dingbatty

    with a touch of Darth Maul thrown in.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST

    looks awesome!

    by billyhitchcock

    can't wait

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Leaked makeup test...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...I'm figgerin'. The face paint is probably an approximation of a more detailed appliance...the thing they were checking for here was to see how the color scheme came together.<p> The gold contacts are a nice touch.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    I see you shiver with antici...

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    is it just me....

    by Zach_Talks_Back

    But with Burton directing and all, wouldn't it be more befitting to call it "Through The Looking Glass" in some way? Alice in Wonderland just has no spooky tone to it. If that's the direction he is talking it. I not then whatever. Hope the pic is real.... looks cool.All i kept envisioning was a weirder Wonka. But this is cool.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I call fake

    by Hamish

    Looks Photoshopped as all get out. Cool though.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:25 a.m. CST

    everytime depp works with burton

    by bacci40

    he has to look like a different version of edwards scissorhands...maybe this is just a test shot

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST

    No, no, no... Hahaha... That's Helena Bonham Carter!

    by ricarleite

    Oh. Wait. Waaaait a minute. That's.... that's Depp! FUCKING HELL!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    This is exactly why I hate Tim Burton, and Johnny Depp.

    by Galva

    "Hey, I gots a great idea to reinvent a classic! We'll make it dark and gothic and sprinkle in gayness! Nobody ever does that! Totally original!"

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    This is who I want to see as batmans mad hatter

    by mcavity I think he could pull it off.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Vivienne Westwood has lost weight.

    by Cameron1

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    It's Klaus Nomi circa 1978. St. Marks Place, NYC

    by IndustryKiller!

    God rest his soul

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Likely a fake

    by Auriellis

    I'm fairly certain this is a fake based on just a glance. It looks like someone used a paint feature over it on Photoshop and there would be no reason to do that except to hide the fact that it was faked.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Edward Penishands 4: Rise of the Rabbit

    by Its a LION

    No doubt about it.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST

    It looks right

    by Captain RawBeard

    I worked on the production when they filmed in Plymouth and saw a model of the White Rabbit and the actual rabbit hole (plus I have pics but I ain't sharing), and the Mad Hatter pic above fits the style I saw.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton should stop 're-imagining' films...

    by Mr Gorilla

    ...and just frakking making one.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Ummmm...I like the hair

    by kafka07

    but that's it.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Robert Smith Called, He Wants His Pancake Makeup Back

    by LaserPants

    Robert Smith = Obese Goth Clown

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Put it in the cornfield, Billy!

    by kingink123

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:04 a.m. CST

    On a second look, it's fake

    by ricarleite

    It's Depp's face from Charlie and the Chocolate Factor.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Vivienne Westwood if you ask me!

    by fin_ished

    This could be a fake and even an image taken of Naomi Campbell in a Vivienne Westwood creation. In short, too camp for such a dark twisted character as the hatter.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:10 a.m. CST

    This looks shopped

    by smackfu

    I can tell by some of the pixels, and having seen quite a few shops in my day.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Sarah Michelle Gellar is probably pissed...

    by sonnierjay

    that Tim Burton is ruining her chances at making a movie off the rights to American Mcgee's Alice. Mad Hatter:

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Characters and 'real' world = non-CG

    by performingmonkey

    Wonderland backgrounds and, obviously, creatures are CG.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    this looks legit

    by kgerm

    as all getout

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    I think it looks like shit

    by Rat Fink

    It looks nothing like I pictured a Tim Burton mad hatter would look like. He seriously looks gay.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    The Beautiful People,

    by Karl Childers

    The Beautiful People. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Holy cow, is all I can say

    by VoldemortWearsPrada

    Original Willy Wonka + Edward Scissorhands = this. Hmmmm.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I don't know man...

    by Halloween68

    He looks like the chick from the Thompson Twins in that picture

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    overly mannered

    by Bibliographer

    a forced style foretells a likely lack of substance: lots of Burton is good, lots is not

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Tim Curry is looking younger every year.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton likes dressing up Johnny Depp

    by I Dunno

    in fetish outfits. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Curse you, Depp's nameless teenage friend from the 80s.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    If you hadn't asked him to accompany you to that "Elm Street" casting, which you failed so badly, we would've been spared John "I need a private jet for my pet monkey, or I won't show up on the set" Depp today. <p> <p> Speaking of which, how old is he, 45, 50? And he still wants to be called "Johnny"? Maybe that's why he loves that Michael Jackson look so much...

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by jimdorey

    C'mon guys! This was originally from fangirl ( - you really have to give credit where it is due!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by jimdorey

    Now that site's page is missing! Oh well. That was the source I reported yesterday:

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    that is so fake

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    i mean really, look at depp's expression, he clearly is at a press event of something and they photoshoped his head onto a costume from some itailian fanboys are so gullible, hey did you hear depp is playing riddler and mark miller is directing superman..hahaha you guys a fucking lame

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST

    We NEED Great Glass Elevator!

    by 0007

    I loved CatCF, and must have more of Depp as Wonka!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    looks like a cross between

    by kingoflight

    A gesiha and that terrible comedian carrot top. I have nothing more to say.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    PLANT... oh wait that means something else...

    by darwinmayflower


  • Nov. 18, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by teddanson37

    if this is the real deal or even if this is sort of the direction they are going in, i'm kinda disappointed. i was imagining more of a "charlie and the chocolate factory" kinda feel. like the look of the room with candy grass and trees and the chocolate river expanded to fill an entire world but not made out candy. this looks a bit too gothic. i think it's the makeup mostly. especially the lipstick. i don't want to see a "modern dark" version, i want to see one that's more faithful to the source material, which was dark and definitely twisted, but in a cartoony kind of way.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Stick a red smile on that face.........

    by Dolmes

    Andy Serkis for The Joker. :-)

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    It's a shoop

    by mynamesdan

    i'm firin up my lazer

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    The holding of the bunny would be hard to fake

    by Flip63Hole

    between the position of the hands and the bunny, which is obviously being held and not Photoshopped in. Who knows...

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Bull Durham II?

    by ArcadianDS

    So the two main characters from Bull Durham had a son?<p> He's definitely pitching.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Utterly fake

    by ScottinDC

    I'm going to come down on the side of very fake..the photoshopper does a so so job conveying a Burton-esque vision of the Mad Hatter but the shadowing and expression is wrong...and it's rather dull and tired from a costuming perspective. I'm going with fake.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    I hate it...

    by jupstin

    not that anyone cares

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Seems fake

    by AshyLarry81

    It looks like somebody touched up a pic of Depp as Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow to me

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    It would look better if...

    by AssassinWithSon

    we hadn't already seen Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Willy Wonka, and all of Burton's other pale faced creatures. I won't 100% say it sucks until I see the look in the movie. I just hope he makes this darker than Willy Wonka seemed it was going to be.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Should play the role nude.

    by mrfan

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp Auditions for the Joker

    by SomaShine

    "Tim..Tim..can I have some dark eye circles, lipstick and white face will so increase my odds at getting into the 3rd Batman"

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    looks awesome.

    by dingus khan

    but, sweeny todd wasn't good. <p> neither was CatCF. <p> planet of the apes was turd dinner. <p> depp's "lunacy" is getting olde. <p> but, this looks awesome. and, i'll probably see it.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Looks like Helena Bonham Carter on a night out!


    WHo cares anyway Burton films are cack!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Burton shamed me out of being goth.

    by ZeroCorpse

    I was "goth" when it wasn't called "goth" and instead we were just "alternative" or "new romantics" or "gothic rockers" or even "goth-punk". Back in the early 80s, when shit like Hot Topic was just a bad nightmare for a truly alternative person-- When Marilyn Manson and Vampire The Masquerade didn't exist. When this was truly unique and interesting... <p> And we loved Beetlejuice. We loved Pee Wee's Big Adventure. And then Burton thought he could keep milking that ideal and pushing his self-indulgent crap on audiences, and we started to become embarrassed. We wore less makeup. We leaned away from goth because guys like Burton and Marilyn Manson were fucking ruining it for us, making us look like chumps. <p> They took all the creativity and individual spirit out of goth, and then Hot Topic came along and drove the last nail into goth's coffin, more than a decade after its official death (which was in 1989, when MTV and America's Top 40 started playing the Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshees and people who used to ridicule them now said "Ohmigod, they're like, so cool!") <p> Now, Burton's this overplayed, tired hack that keeps trying to make it seem like the goth audience gives a shit about his work, when only the most pretentious posers flock to him these days. He's one of the most embarrassing things about goth. He never evolved, never grew, never became any more than the same tired cliches. He dragged goth's image down with him, and now it lies rotting somewhere underneath emo, but a few feet above above disco, in a hole in the back alleys of Los Angeles, where it had been kidnapped, tarted up, and raped repeatedly by the usual suspects in the entertainment industry. <p> If Burton had an ounce of dignity, he'd stop trying to make re-imagined gothy versions of classics, and go back to making original films in a completely different, somewhat normal style.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton's a 1 trick pony

    by alienindisguise

    I just wanna see an Anne Hathaway pic from this flick!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Edward BBQTongs Hands

    by robertplant

    "Oh, my! Edward! Your ribs are just divine" "Thank you." Seriously, the guy who said Mad Hatter should be a villain in the Nolan-verse Batman, you're fucking retarded. And my vote on this is fake. I also vote Who Gives a Fuck, I'm tired of Tim Burton's predictable aesthetics.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Why don't Johnny and Tim just get married

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and be done with it already

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Um... Is it me or...

    by Codename V

    are all Burton movies weird looking? Some call it stylish and in the beginning they were different enough to be deemed stylish but seriously-- shouldn't he move on and change things up? Both Batman movies were weird (first one cool in its own way second one sucked balls), Edward Scissorhands was bizarre, Nightmare, Sweeney, Corpse, Willy all feel the same even if they look a little different... It's like Oliver Stone's inability to get away from the "symbolic flashes" of the Doors, Natural Born, JFK, and others... Do something different. Stop beating a dead horse. And American McGee's Alice already "Gothed" this story awhile back...

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    that's a Photoshopped Edward Scissorhands

    by Cap'n Jack

    picture for Christ's sake. Why was this even posted? It's obvious...

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ...YEah, dude, feel your pain. It is sad what's happened to Burton. Although, thankfully, I was NEVER "goth"... I was just another ratbag who liked the Ramones, the Clash, the Stranglers, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, etc... Then later, in college, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, the Mekons, etc. But Burton used to be cool... and suddenly sometime in the 90s, got lame fast. Every once in a while he tries to pull out of it (Big Fish, Sweeney Todd), but never quite succeeds.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Come_ON

    to shoe-horn your musical tastes into a post.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I think I'd rather see Burton do a Dracula movie.

    by riskebiz

    Straight out gothic horror ... that should be what Burton is doing next. Instead he's cashing paychecks doing drivel like "Alice in Wonderland". I see that he's going to be doing "Dark Shadows" at some point ... and that's great ... I hope he does straight horror more. Things like Frankenweenie are fun and all, but comedy/horror that has classic Universal Pictures nods makes me just long for a classic horror that plays it straight.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 5 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    This is some casting gymnastics!

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I am done...

    by symon

    ...getting excited about Tim Burton movies. His last good one was Sleepy Hollow (which is being generous), his last great one was Ed Wood. The only people I know who liked Sweeney Todd have not seen the musical. The movie is okay, but only because the play is so good no one could completely fuck it up. To me, if you haven't made one good movie post-2000, it's time to give it up. And don't get me started on Big Fish, which was a movie full of squandered potential.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Probably fake...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    But it's probably not far off from how it's gonna look. Burton is so boring.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    fake...originally came from fangirlmagazine livejournal

    by Rindain

    yeah, and it's ugly too

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    is Burton even trying anymore?

    by the milf lover

    He used to be so creative, but this looks like total lameass crap.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Looks like Vivenne Westwood puked up Willy Wonka

    by 'King Brit!

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    that's how I'd hoped Wonka would have looked

    by StovetopStuffin'

    if it's fake, it's not bad. Gives me new hope for this. I thought he was only doing voice work, and the mad hatter would be CG? Or was that misinformation?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    You're all so gullible

    by shaft478

    That's Johnny Depp on a Tuesday afternoon fucksticks.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Why is it.....

    by Mister C

    that people bitch about an eyelash being out of place when things like harry potter or watchmen are being adapted, but then marvel at this shit design since it came from Tim Burton? thats NOT what the damn hatter looked like. This has just gone to far, im not as outraged by the design as much as i am the positive response it has garnered. WAKE UP! I'd thought most people have read the book, this is something that was designed by a 16 year old goth girl, its shite. This fucker would scare the piss outta me if i ran into him. Burton needs to deflate that big ass head of his and try to put out a decent adaption rather than Burtonizing the whole thing, art is about being bold, he's been too safe casting the same people over and over. 'cuse the typos or whatever

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Tim Burton Movies=An empty, sugary high.

    by uberman

    Talk about your empty calories. Burton should stick to set design-a director of any note he aint.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Is that Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter?

    by MilkyLicker

  • Nov. 21, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Burton, Depp and Bonham Carter need to have gangbang

    by Prossor

    and burton would set up the camera to film it. also danny elfman would be doing the live music in the background.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST


    by The Amazing G

    actually I have no idea....

  • June 22, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST

    aicn gets something right

    by TheExterminator

    for once

  • June 22, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by orcus

    several times. Maybe a decade ago