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Dark Knight

Before Christian Bale rattled Katie Holmes' cages, he rattled Amy Adams'.

Okay, that sounds bad without context, so let's give you some of that: a new behind-the-scenes featurette from the upcoming "Dark Knight" Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray set has gone online, featuring Christian Bale's initial audition, wearing Val Kilmer's Batman costume, and testing opposite future Lois Lane actress Amy Adams.

It's quintessential "see it to believe it" stuff. So, see it below!

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Hot Toys Batman

by Brett White

When Ben Affleck was initially cast as Batman, I wondered which Batman the Academy Award winner would play since there have been so many different interpretations. To further illustrate this point, Hot Toys has just released two new sets of pictures of their latest oh-man-they-look-so-real action figures, both of which are of the caped crusader—but from two very different time periods!

Both Christian Bale's Batman from "The Dark Knight Rises" and Adam West's classic Batman from the 60s TV series are getting ultra-detailed, highly articulated figures that perfectly capture everything that made each interpretation of the superhero special. But you know what, these Batmen really aren't so different when you think about it.

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Matt Damon

Enough with the "Matt Damon is totally going to play Robin" jokes, folks. Batfleck's Oscar-winning pal isn't having any of it.

"It's safe to say I won't be Robin," Damon said in an interview with The Times of India regarding Ben Affleck's recent casting as Batman. "I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman."

But even if he's not donning the tights alongside his "Good Will Hunting" comrade, Damon has nothing but confidence in Affleck's suitability for the Caped Crusader.

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Josh Brolin

The "Man of Steel" sequel isn't even written yet, but the search is already underway for Bruce Wayne.

The Hollywood Reporter churned the rumor mill over the weekend, listing six names of actors reportedly in contention to play Batman in director Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero epic. The big takeaway: Snyder and Warner Bros. are reportedly eying an "older" Batman — a seasoned Caped Crusader "in the late 30s or around the 40 mark. He will be established and rugged."

According to THR, the top two names at the moment are 46-year-old Josh Brolin (reportedly "the frontrunner at this stage") and 32-year-old Ryan Gosling.

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Batman

by Ryan Rigley

Since Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy ended last year, Batman fans all over the world have been wondering if and when actor Christian Bale would be putting the cape and cowl back on. While Warner Bros. has been anything but discreet about their plans to make a "Justice League" film, Bale has not given a definite yes or no answer pertaining to whether or not he'd be reprising his role as the Dark Knight. That is, until this week.

"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three [Batman films]. That's enough," Bale said in a recent interview. "It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with."

So now that we know for sure that neither Nolan nor Bale will have anything to do with "Justice League," we can't but wonder who will be the next Caped Crusader?

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Christian Bale

The growly voice we need, if not the one we deserve, isn't coming back.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Christian Bale has confirmed that his days suiting up in Batman's cape and cowl are behind him. In other words: there will be no "Justice League" for the Oscar winner.

"I have no information, no knowledge about anything. I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul," the actor said. "I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it."

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by Brett White

Fans have been anxiously waiting for Superman and Batman to join forces in film for decades now, and Henry Cavill hopes that the waiting is about to come to an end. The "Man of Steel" leading man revealed to SFX that he wants a big screen team-up just as badly as everyone else does.

"I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict," says Cavill, "because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story.”

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by Brett White

Yesterday we reported that comedian Patton Oswalt had extensive thoughts about how he could work himself into the Marvel movies as a villain. Little did MTV Geek know that Oswalt would soon make his debut as a Nolan-esque version of the Batman villain the Penguin. The video contains some graphic violence and some naughty words, so it's pretty NSFW unless you work at a pretty chill place. It's also hilarious. The video also stars comedy giants Pete Holmes and Matt McCarthy as Batman and Commissioner Gordon.

What do you think of Oswalt's turn as the Penguin? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Batman

The 2013 MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday, April 14th. The fate of one category, Best Hero, rests in your social-media-savvy hands. But there isn't much of a choice in this category — at least not according to Splash Page writer Josh Wigler.

What's got two thumbs, a multi-billion-dollar corporation to his name, a secret lair and arsenal of highly sophisticated anti-crime technology, and is the Best Hero of the year?

The answer, unfortunately, is not "this guy," as much as I'd like it to be. Instead, I'm throwing all of my hero worship behind the Batman, easily the most deserving candidate in the Best Hero category at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.

"Why is Batman the Best Hero," you ask? Really? We have to answer that question? We'll limit ourselves to ten responses, otherwise we would be here all day.

1. He has a Bat Cave and you do not.

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joker

by Brett White

Artist Rafa Toro has given Batman's rogues gallery a quirky update, re-imagining the fearsome villains as maniacally delightful toons. Every iteration of every foe is rendered in this series of strutting GIFs, providing possibly the only context in which the Joel Schumacher-era villains make any real sense.

In addition to being fun to look at, the GIF set shows just how extensive Batman's two film franchises have been. Whatever angle the next franchise attempts, they'll be hard-pressed to find suitable adversaries for the Dark Knight that he hasn't already faced.

Enjoy the strutting villains below, and be reminded of just how cool Jack Nicholson's Joker was.

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