Will sleuthing be the new vampires and zombies in 2012? Entertainment Weekly confirms that a live-action version of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" is in the works, potentially starring Jennifer Lopez. And MGM studios announced Monday it bought the movie rights to the "Where's Waldo?" series. We dug out our magnifying glass to see which trickster has the most movie potential. DAMORAN@TRIBUNE.COM | @REDEYEDANA
Carmen: As leader of the Villains' International League of Evil, or V.I.L.E., Carmen travels the globe committing absurd thefts. She's never seen without her trademark red trench coat and hat.
Waldo: This red-and-white-striped sweater/stocking hat-clad gent hails from Britain, and is often found hiding in plain sight.
Winner: Carmen. What got her to this level of evil? The world wants answers.
Carmen: Carmine the cat, thieving lawyer Justin Case, international playboy twins Double Trouble, dirty biker Top Grunge
Waldo: Frighteningly identical girlfriend, Wenda; her frighteningly identical twin and Waldo's ex, Wilma; Waldo's dog, Woof, who looks strangely like a sock monkey
Winner: Carmen. You know you wish your friends had names as cool as her V.I.L.E. cohorts.
Past ports of call:
Carmen: Seriously, does globe-spanning not do enough for you? Her computer game titles also include "Where in Time?" and "Where in Space?" if you've gotten bored.
Waldo: The beach, a carnival, a fruit fight, a safari park, Rome in 58 A.D. Apparently his huge backpack of tricks also includes a time machine and unlimited travel vouchers.
Winner: Waldo. There's a fruit fight involved, people.
Level of intrigue
Carmen: That red hat does not come off -- ever. Come to think of it, we've also never seen more than one of her eyes at any given time.
Waldo: This mystery man's age, height, weight and occupation all are unknown, as is his reason for carrying a cane. Also, why is he always smiling?
Winner: Waldo. He seems friendly enough, but what depths hide behind those owl specs?
Carmen: Lust! Danger! Ancient statue theft! This Carmen would be a blend of JLo's "Out of Sight" and "The Thomas Crown Affair" -- but with more ridiculous henchmen.
Waldo: A happy-go-lucky British manboy combs the globe for his missing parents, wearing the same outfit every day in hopes of recognition. Along the way, he gets into some weird stuff with his lady doppelgangers.
Winner: Waldo. We're STILL curious about this whole Wilma/Wenda situation.
Overall winner: Waldo. Carmen was all over PBS in the '90s -- it's time for a new story.