Where did this amazing Dark Knight promo image come from and where can you see more, including Heath Ledger as The Joker? Want to see Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the villain in Kick-Ass 2? Which characters are featured in a new image from Iron Man 3? When does Comic Book Men start again? Is George R.R. Martin going to work on Doctor Strange? Has an actor thrown his hat in to be cast in Guardians of the Galaxy? What do Aardman Animation and Batman have in common? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

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No matter which way you cut it, Batman means blockbuster. The theatrical phenomenon began in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman, which grossed $251 million and spawned three sequels. Then, in 2005, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins grossed $205 million and spawned two sequels, The Dark Knight ($533 million) and The Dark Knight Rises, which is at $413 million and climbing.

However, in 1989, the average price of an American movie tickets was about $4 and now, in 2012, it’s doubled to around $8. Do some simple math and you see that Burton’s film has, so far, sold around 12 million more tickets than Nolan’s latest movie. (To be fair, Rises is far from done at the box office and will likely drop that number to around 10 million when it’s done.) Also, to Nolan’s credit, 2008′s The Dark Knight sold about 12 million more tickets than Burton’s movie.

What other interesting conclusions can be made when you adjust grosses for inflation or look at number of tickets sold? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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Chances are we’re all pretty familiar with the The Dark Knight Rises from the outside view. Now it’s time to pop the hood. Much as rumors cropped up before production, spy photos poured out during production, speculation raged approaching release and debate stirred at release, behind the scenes tidbits are now coming online at a great rate. Many of them just stealthy sneak into Superhero Bits (like a huge gallery of images earlier today) but we’ve grabbed a few of the better ones and put them all right here.

After the jump you can find out about the following:

  • The Soundworks Collection has posted a video discussing the sound design and score of the film.
  • A video proves that Bane‘s voice was changed from the initial release of the prologue up to the final release.
  • Check out some early concept images of Bane‘s look and design.
  • An old, but worthwhile, video showing Heath Ledger‘s possible inspiration for The Joker.
  • See what Bane looked like without his mask.

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Obviously, the Joker is not in The Dark Knight Rises because Heath Ledger tragically passed away before the release of The Dark Knight. However, in the universe Christopher Nolan has created, he’s likely still alive because that’s how Batman left him eight years ago. The Dark Knight Rises makes no mention of the character but, according to one site, he is specifically mentioned in the novelization. So, where was he?

After the jump, read the excerpt from the novel and see a fan’s storyboarded interpretation. Read More »

As The Dark Knight Rises brings Christopher Nolan‘s revered Batman trilogy to an ambitious and satisfying end, it seems the filmmaker is really and truly done with the Caped Crusader for good. He’s denied any involvement in future Batman or Justice League movies, insisting that “we’re finished with all we’re doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character.”

But it can’t be easy for anyone to let go of a character they’ve spent the better part of a decade bringing to life, and in a eloquent letter Nolan reflects on how far he and the series have come, and what the experience meant to him. Read it after the jump.

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Every superhero is to some extent defined by his hometown, but perhaps none more so than Batman and his beloved Gotham City. As we’ve seen in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy, the fictional metropolis isn’t a mere backdrop for his vigilante shenanigans, but the very stage upon which the war between good and evil is waged. It’s for the soul of that city, in all its ugliness and all its splendor, that Batman sacrifices everything he has.

So it’s nice to finally get an opportunity to get to know one of the most significant aspects of the Nolan Batman universe. Brandon T. Snider, author of The Dark Knight Manual, has posted an officially approved map of Gotham City, with labeled parks, neighborhoods, and landmarks. Check it out after the jump.

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Hey, did you know The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Trilogy, is coming out July 20? Of course you did. You’re probably got the Blu-rays of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight all lined up to rewatch in anticipation of the event. However, don’t jump the gun on the home viewing just yet. AMC Theaters has just announced they’ll be re-screening both those films on July 19 leading up to the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. Tickets go on sale June 11. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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