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POLL: Who Should Play Batman in New Batman-Superman Mashup?

As we all know, the big news out of Comic-Con was that Zack Snyder will direct a "Man of Steel" sequel for Warner Bros. that will feature a Superman-Batman team-up. Beefy Henry Cavill is Superman; but Christian Bale won't be returning to Gotham. So the question remains: Who will play Batman? Take our poll, below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 5, 2013 1:56 PM
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Why Batman and Superman Mashup is a Bad Idea--And Reveals Warner Bros. Weakness

You know Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink"? That moment when you look at something and you know it's wrong? That happens to me when studios announce a new project that is a really bad idea. Some movies based on good ideas just turn out badly, and plenty of great movies turn out to to be less than commercial, or cost too much to turn a profit. The Superman and Batman movie is a bad idea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2013 1:18 AM
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Watch: 'Everything Wrong With the Dark Knight Rises' -- Nipple Beds and Death by Tickling

Check out this hilarious video on "Everything Wrong with 'The Dark Knight Rises' in 3 Minutes or Less." Problems include a nipple bed, Batman talking to himself in Batman voice and Bane "tickling a man to death offscreen."
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2013 1:06 PM
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Christopher Nolan Reflects on Batman Trilogy, Creating Bruce Wayne & His Faith in Cinema and its Audience

Christopher Nolan discussed his Batman trilogy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on November 28. In Contention's Kris Tapley reports on the conversation, which was moderated by Scott Foundas...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 2:48 PM
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Career Watch: Christian Bale - The Dark Superhero We Need

Batman is not like other superheroes, and Christian Bale's iteration of him stands apart from the Thors and Iron Mans of contemporary hero-cinema. Because Bale's Batman, as we know him from Christopher Nolan's trilogy, is human and flawed, the tragedy that accompanied "The Dark Knight Rises" opening leaves us feeling more vulnerable...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2012 1:34 PM
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'The Dark Knight Rises' Racks Up $30 Million, Second-Highest Midnight Show Gross Ever Marred by Colorado Tragedy

With 3,825 midnight shows, Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” racked up an impressive $30.64 million – topping the $18.7 million of Disney’s “The Avengers” and marking the second-highest gross from midnight shows on a film debut in history. Only Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” grossed more with $43.5 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 20, 2012 2:44 PM
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'Dark Knight Rises' Opening Clouded by Brutal Theater-Shooting Spree; Ignites Larger Debate UPDATED

"There's a storm coming," Catwoman whispers in Bruce Wayne's ear in "The Dark Knight Rises." A gunman firing into the crowd inside a Thursday midnight show of the film at a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding some 22, will yield a firestorm of debate in this presidential election year. Shortly after the start of the film...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2012 1:14 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'The Dark Knight Rises' from Inception

While other directors strive to ground their superhero movies with relatable characters, Christopher Nolan has achieved something greater with "The Dark Knight Rises": he wraps up his gritty Batman trilogy with an operatic flourish and a sublime catharsis, coming full circle back to "Batman Begins."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 19, 2012 7:07 AM
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'The Dark Knight Rises' Early Reviews: 'Grand' 'Spectacular' & 'Triumphantly Cinematic'

We can finally feast our eyes on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20; in the meantime Warners opened the embargo doors Sunday to a flood of ecstatic early reviews:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 1:06 PM
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New Trailer for 'Dark Knight Rises' Warns Fans 'It Takes a While to Get Back in the Swing of Things'

A new trailer has landed for Christpher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," and it's not as exciting as it should be, nor does it reveal much more than the others already have...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 11:52 AM
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