Adam Perocchi’s Oppenheimer-inspired reimagining of the Barbie Dreamhouse (image courtesy Adam Perocchi)

She’s Everything. He’s Death, the destroyer of worlds. She’s Mattel. He’s the Manhattan Project.

Directors Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s summer blockbuster Barbie (2023) is set to open in theaters on July 21, the same day as Christopher Nolan’s long-anticipated film Oppenheimer (2023), a movie about the development of the atomic bomb. Many theaters across the country are screening these polar opposite movies back-to-back, and the notion of a double feature has the internet in absolute shambles. So what better way to cope than with a deluge of absurdly dark memes?

An unedited still from the actual Barbie (2023) trailer that feels like it should be in Oppenheimer (2023) (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

In the weeks leading up to the dual blockbuster opening, people are preparing for the emotional wreckage that will undoubtedly besiege them from the confluence of these films. Notably, Christopher Nolan told Wired reporters that some early viewers of Oppenheimer (2023) “left the movie absolutely devastated,” which is, you know, super uplifting to hear.

Real-life photographs of me after watching both films. (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

Those who are seeing Oppenheimer (2023) before Barbie (2023) are calling the mash-up “Oppenbarbie,” and those who are wrong and seeing the films in the reverse order are calling it “Barbieheimer.”

Like many others on the internet, I have strong opinions about how theatergoers should spend the day. The following meme is giving “No sleep. Bus. Club. Another club. Another club. Plane. Next place. No sleep”:

The internet has opinions about how to spend the day. (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

The pairing of the two films has led some to make interesting observations of real-world phenomena that could fit the Barbie-Oppenheimer theme — such as this pair of surreal houses:

As they say, art imitates life. Or in this case, life imitates art? I don’t know anymore. (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

… Or this strange pink cloud that’s either another hazardous “gender reveal” or (hopefully) an incredible PR stunt by the Barbie (2023) marketing team:

Another forest fire-causing gender reveal? Who knows! (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

Speaking of the Barbie (2023) marketing team, can we just take a moment to appreciate this bubble gum pink Xbox console? I, myself, was a Wii stan growing up, but even this video game set-up would have me begging my mom to drive me to the nearest Toys-R-Us. (RIP!)

Please, Mom? I need the Xbox Barbie Dream Edition. Everyone at school has one! (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Instagram)

Of course, this wouldn’t be a proper meme round-up if I didn’t include this spot-on Sopranos reference:

The real question is: Why isn’t Adriana in Barbie (2023)? (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

If New Jersey Italian mafia jokes aren’t your thing, perhaps this Avril Lavigne meme is. Can I make it any more obvious?

He was a skater boy. She said, “See ya later, boy.” (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

But whether you decide to see Barbie (2023) then Oppenheimer (2023), or Oppenheimer (2023) then Barbie (2023), just remember that David Lynch did it first.

An important observation about Wild At Heart (1990) and the Twin Peaks film Fire Walk With Me (1992). (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Instagram)

Happy watching, and good luck!

Come on, Barbie! Let’s go party! With weapons of mass destruction! (screenshot Maya Pontone/Hyperallergic via Twitter)

Maya Pontone (she/her) is a Staff News Writer at Hyperallergic. Originally from Northern New Jersey, she currently resides in Brooklyn, where she covers daily news, both within and outside New York City....