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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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TDKR

Need a quick refresher on "The Dark Knight" trilogy? Well, you're in luck, because a three-minute video synopsis of the series has been released that does a pretty great job summarizing Christopher Nolan's entire story.

We have the kind folks at Screen Rant to thank for this fantastic effort. There aren't really any major plot points missing in this three-minute summarization, and there actually could be fewer plot holes here than there were in "The Dark Knight Rises" -- but hey, who's counting? Our only regret is that only shot of Maggie Gyllenhaal is a quick one right as she dies. RIP, Rachel Dawes.

Check out the video after the jump!

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Heath Ledger

by Ryan Rigley

With Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumored to be playing the next incarnation of the Dark Knight, it seems like just about everyone has something to say on who should be the new Batman and why. As you all well know, Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy has raised the bar for comic book movies due in large part to the phenomenal work that actor Christian Bale put in for the dual role of both Bruce Wayne and the Caped Crusader.

But before Christian Bale was even considered for the part, Nolan met with a plethora of other talented young actors — including the late, great Heath Ledger.

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Batman

By Bryant Gilmore

Now that Christopher Nolan's take on the Batman franchise is over and done, it's safe to say that Christian Bale's performance will go down as one of the best in the Batman series. Sorry to Adam West, you're still a close second, but Bale was able to refine the character of the Dark Knight enough to make it completely his own.

The only gripe that most fans had with Bale is the way would drop and change his voice when he was in the Batsuit to disguise himself from those who knew him as Bruce Wayne. The voice change had a certain deep, incoherent mumbling and sounded almost like a certain children's show character.

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Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan's days in Gotham City are over. That doesn't mean he won't miss the Batman, however.

The writer, director and producer behind "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises" authored a fantastic foreword to the just released book "The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy." In his writing, Nolan speaks to the formation of his epic series of Batman films, what he'll miss most and much more.

Keep reading for an excerpt from the foreword.

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Fans who are planning on buying tickets for AMC's upcoming Batman marathon in anticipation of "The Dark Knight Rises" are in for a special treat. Apparently that marathon is going to be screened in IMAX, with "Batman Begins" being post-converted to the format.

Variety has the news about the conversion. Both "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises" were filmed in IMAX, with a good hour of "The Dark Knight Rises'" running time being shot in the format. "Batman Begins" was shown in IMAX theaters back when it was released in 2005, but it was shot on regular film. This will be its first time in digital IMAX.

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Why isn't Nathan Fillion part of the "Avengers" squad? He's a Joss Whedon veteran, a fan-favorite among the geek crowd, and a perfect pick for plenty of Earth's mightiest heroes, like the oft-rumored Hank Pym. Alas, Fillion's "Avengers" casting was not meant to be (not yet at least), but that doesn't mean you can't see him face off against Iron Man. In fact, you'll see exactly that if you keep reading this week's Tights. (Hooked you, didn't I?)

Find Fillion versus Stark, an update on "Iron Man 3" extras casting and a false start for Batman, when you put your Tights on past the jump.

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Lockout

Guy Pearce gets good work with good reason. He brings a type of detached cool to every part he plays, along with immense emotional versatility -- like Jason Statham, but with more acting chops. For whatever reason, Pearce has never really broken out as a star in his own right, though not for lack of trying (remember "The Time Machine"?). That might have changed had he been cast in "Batman Begins" as the Caped Crusader’s first real nemesis: Ra’s al Ghul, a part that ended up going to Liam Neeson.

Speaking to ComicBookMovie.com at a press junket for "Lockout," Pearce didn’t mince words: talk of him being involved with Batman was "pretty much rumor." Still, he talked a little bit about the role with director Christopher Nolan, whom he’d worked with on 2000’s "Memento."

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Even with "Fringe" facing the very serious threat of cancellation, Joshua Jackson's days as a crime-fighting hero will never be over. Sure, he'll finish his time as Peter Bishop before too much longer — even if "Fringe" is renewed, it likely only has one more season left to its name — but Jackson's got a knack for saving the day just in the nick of time.

In fact, the "Dawson's Creek" alum was once a candidate to don the cape and cowl for Christopher Nolan in "Batman Begins." Of course, the role eventually went to Christian Bale, and the rest is history.

But with Nolan's trilogy wrapping up this summer and Warner Bros. on the record with wanting another Batman reboot, it's never too early to wonder who could play the Dark Knight next… and Jackson says that if he gets another shot at the role, he'll absolutely go for it, though not entirely without reservation.

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There's plenty of mystery surrounding the upcoming superhero flick, "The Dark Knight Rises." If we were to take Christopher Nolan's word as law, then we'd believe the movie is only about Tom Hardy's Bane causing trouble for Christian Bale's Batman with Anne Hathaway's Catwoman wreaking some havoc on the side.

Fortunately, we're of the belief that there are going to be some awesome surprises in "The Dark Knight Rises." One of which will (hopefully) be the return of Liam Neeson as "Batman Begins" villain Ra's al Ghul.

The appearance has long been rumored, but for the first time Neeson has commented on it and confirmed that he actually was on "The Dark Knight Rises" set for long enough to shoot a scene.

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