Superhero Bits: The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Nathan Fillion, Shia LaBeouf, Amazing Spider-Man, Chronicle

Why was Shia LaBeouf at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo last weekend? What are Robert Downey Jr. and Nathan Fillion doing together? Which Marvel movie credit scene almost ruined The Avengers? How does Christopher Nolan describe the IMAX scenes in The Dark Knight Rises? Did Joss Whedon reveal how much deleted footage would be on The Avengers Blu-ray? Want to watch a featurette of all the global fan screening of Marvel's film? Which Avenger is now getting his own comic? Read about all this and more in today's Superhero Bits.

DC Comics revealed some new Dark Knight Rises busts with a better look at a Bat Gadget seen in previous images.

Robert Downey Jr. joined Nathan Fillion for a little Avengers/Castle cross over talk recently. Thanks to Comic Book Movie.

The Captain America suit from Captain America: The First Avenger sold for $228,000 at a recent auction. The Wrap has the wrap up.

IO9 spoke to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about how they hope to avoid Avengers fatigue:

The next thing is proving we can prevent sequel-itis. The next thing is proving that taken away from a juggernaut of a movie like Avengers, that Tony Stark/Iron Man has a different story to tell. That Thor has different worlds to go do. And, frankly, explore Steve Rogers' life in the modern world. And taking him to unexpected places, and doing it in ways that we hope will surprise people.

Shia LaBeouf has been drawing and writing his own comics and showed up at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo to premiere them. Head to MTV Geek for a full interview.

So as not to ruin the story for millions of fans going on opening day, Warner Bros. annoucned the novelization of The Dark Knight Rises will come out the same day as the movie. Read more at Superhero Hype.

USA Today has a preview of the eleventh season of Smallville, which will exclusively be released as a digital comic.

The hilarious Katie Calautti wrote a piece for Movies.com called "Why Anne Hathaway's Look in The Dark Knight Rises Is Uninspired."

A father tosses his kid dressed as a superhero. Thanks to 22 Words (via Nerd Approved).

The Avengers is now tracking even higher than The Hunger Games, aiming at a possible $150 million weekend according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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I'm not sure if this is genius or crazy. Check out this Superman inflation suit via Nerdcore.

Christopher Nolan spoke to the DGA (via Coming Soon) about why he loves IMAX so much in regards to The Dark Knight Rises:

For 'The Dark Knight Rises' we were on Wall Street with a thousand extras and you can see everybody's face in the frame. In some ways, I feel it takes me back almost to the silent film era, when they had those huge cameras. Trying to do things in more of a tableau fashion, it changes the way I direct a film, it changes the way I block the camera movement because of the size of the thing. The resulting image has so much power that you don't need to cut in the same way, you can frame the shot slightly differently, you wind up with a slightly different feel.

Trailer Addict has a few new featurettes on The Avengers. That's one above, about the global fan screenings, there's another at this link.

Joss Whedon confirmed to Collider that The Avengers DVD will have about 30 minutes of deleted scenes including Captain America feeling isolated in the new world.

Last week we saw Andrew Garfield on Ellen and now here's Emma Stone talking The Amazing Spider-Man via Trailer Addict.

The Avengers beat out The Dark Knight Rises on Fandango's poll of most anticipated movies.

This illustration by Lewis Fraga looks like it could be an image from the set of The Avengers. Gorgeous. Thanks to Cool Vibe.

In May, you'll be able to buy limited edition DC Collectibles at this link: www.DCComics.com/Collectibles.

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Mike Mitchell is still posting some of his fantastic superhero themed pieces from his Just Like Us show at Gallery 1988. This one is called "USA, USA, USA."

The MTV crew had a bunch of fun opening and playing with toys from The Avengers.

Screencrush posted a new featurette on Batman Live, which is coming to the US soon.

Kevin Feige spoke to The Huffington Post and talked about how the tag of The Incredible Hulk with Tony Stark almost totally screwed up The Avengers:

We do not follow up on that scene in the narrative in any of the subsequent features. But, for fans, which are really the only people going, "Hey, wait a minute. What about when Tony Stark walked into the room and talked to General Ross?" There's a short film on the "Captain America" DVD that wraps that up and explains that. So, all the dots are connected and most of them didn't paint us into a corner. But I would say that is probably the closest one that almost did.

Because of The Avengers being released, Hawkeye will be getting his own comic in the near future. More info at Marvel.

The cast of Chronicle was doing international press and got grilled by Superman himself, Danielle Rizzo.

Matt Goldberg at Collider wrote a interesting editorial called "Contemporary Superhero Films Should Take a Lesson from BATMAN: THE MOVIE."

The check used to buy Superman sold for $160,000 according to Reuters.

Marvel.com spoke to Chris Evans about bringing Captain America from the past to the present in The Avengers.

Speaking of Evans, he and Chris Hemsworth sat down with Hitfix and did an interesting Avengers themed interview.

Game Informer Magazine (via CBM) talked to Brian Michael Bendis who wrote the cancelled Avengers video game and he expressed regret no one would ever see it.

Batmania Rio's Tumbler (via CBM) put up a gallery of international Dark Knight Rises merchandise.

Geeks of Doom has a great article on the proper way to cosplay.