10 Worst Pop Culture Curses
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By Denise Martin, Special to The Times, and Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer
Is the summer's biggest film a cursed production? The past few weeks have seen a slew of headlines related to the personal lives of cast members of "The Dark Knight."
They're in good company. From Superman to Bond to the Madden NFL video game, Batman is simply the latest in a long line of pop-culture curses. But start here and judge for yourself. Simply myth, or is something spooked going on?
"The Dark Knight"
Tragedy had already befallen "The Dark Knight" before it was released to the theaters, with the film marking the great final performance from the late Heath Ledger. When the film was released in July, however, everything appeared to be on track, with "The Dark Knight" winning rave reviews and destroying box-office record after box-office record.
But then things got weird. Batman himself, Christian Bale, was questioned and arrested by police after allegations that he had assaulted his own family members. Soon after, Morgan Freeman was injured in a bad car accident. And days later, reports surfaced that Freeman and his wife of 24 years were getting divorced.