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Who was cast as Amanda Waller in Arrow? What does Batman have to say to Ben Affleck? When does R.I.P.D. come to Blu-ray? Which spoilers were revealed in some new Thor: The Dark World literature? How can you get some free Judge Dredd comics? And how did George Clooney use Batman as career motivation? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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It wasn’t so long ago that Christian Bale donned those pointy Bat ears for the very last time. With a Batman vs. Superman movie now in the works, though, the time has come to recast the iconic superhero yet again.

Last week, we got word that Warner Bros. was looking to cast an actor in his late 30s or early 40s. This week, the talk is getting a little more specific. According to a new report, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Matthew Goode, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, and Max Martini are among those being wishlisted for the part. Hit the jump to get the details.

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When Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. announced that the follow-up to Man of Steel would feature a conflict between Batman and Superman, many questions were raised. The title is one; we’re using Batman vs Superman for the time being, but the final title could be different. The precise story is another question, especially since Snyder used a line from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns to introduce the concept to an audience at Comic C0n. While we know that the film won’t be a direct adaptation of Miller’s series, that planted a seed of expectation in fans.

The other big question is: who will play Batman? Warner Bros. needs a new actor, as Christian Bale’s time in the cowl expired with the end of Christopher Nolan’s directorial run. Armie Hammer, once cast as Batman in a Justice League film that never happened, has been once name people are asking about. He says he doesn’t want to do it. Armie’s interest or lack thereof might not even matter, as the new rumor is that Warner Bros. is willing to cast an older actor in the role — fueling more speculation that The Dark Knight Returns will be more of an influence than Snyder suggested at first. Read More »

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One of the underrated moments in recent licensing history was people finally being able to make merchandise from the classic Sixties TV show, Batman. Now you can finally buy officially licensed toys, collectibles, prop replicas and more from the classic show, which starred Adam West and Burt Ward.

The latest pieces of old school Batman merch are these awesome screenprints by artist Tom Whalen. They’ll be on sale exclusively at Comic-Con. Find out more below. Read More »

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Despite a few lackluster efforts, Warner Bros. hasn’t quite managed to set up a Marvel-style DC Cinematic Universe. But whenever they get their act together, they can probably count on Henry Cavill to be game.  In a recent interview, the Man of Steel star expressed his enthusiasm for an idea of a Batman / Superman crossover, declaring it “a great story.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

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UPDATE: Darren Aronofsky commented on Twitter about this work. Read his quote below.

Long before Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins hit theaters, director Darren Aronofsky almost made his own take on Batman. After finishing Requiem For A Dream in 2000, the director was developing a screen adaptation of Frank Miller‘s milestone Batman story Batman: Year One. He co-wrote a screenplay with Miller and began conceiving he look of the film before Warner Bros. pulled the plug in favor of Nolan.

Luckily, things worked out not only for the director, but for Miller, Nolan, and Batman as a character. Still, the dream of an Aronofsky-directed superhero movie continues to elude us. (Don’t forget he was also going to direct The Wolverine before leaving that project.) Now a slew of concept images have come online giving us a tiny glimpse at what the man who’d later direct The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan had in mind for the Caped Crusader. Read More »

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It’s got to be fun being Patton Oswalt. He’s got the sort of career that allows him, every once in a while, to take part in something that rides a great line between totally ridiculous and weirdly accurate. Case in point is this college humor video that takes shots at the Christopher Nolan version of Batman, and engages in the old conversation that Frank Miller attempted to silence with The Dark Knight Returns.

Namely, despite a professed aversion to killing, does Batman really know how violent he is? This version of Bats, who faces off against Oswalt’s incarnation of the Penguin, is a little more dim than most. He just can’t grasp the concept of death as a consequence of violence. Fortunately the Penguin is ready to give him a lesson. Read More »

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One of the best movie-related April Fools gags I can remember was from a few years ago: ThinkGeek’s Star Wars Tauntaun Sleeping Bag. It was a gross, hilarious idea that got so much attention, Lucasfilm actually allowed the company to make and sell the product.

This year, ThinkGeek is back with another batch of inspired movie related items that you’ll either really want because they’re so clever, or laugh at because they’re so mean. Items such as the Batman Family Car Decal above. Check out more below. Read More »

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