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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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by Brett White

If you weren't aware, we're a big fan of "Batman '66" around these parts. Thanks to the show's constant presence in reruns on networks like Nick @ Nite and TV Land, the retro adventures of the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder hold a special place in this here editor's heart—so this stop motion reimagining does as well.

Filmmaker Kyle Roberts, who you may remember from his incredible stop motion animated "X-Men" credits, turned his attention towards Adam West's Batman using the newly-released action figures. On top of that, the opening credits feature a wraparound inspired by "The Dark Knight Rises." Yes, that's two vastly different Bat-flavors in one great video! Check out the animated opening credits below, and if you need a reminder of what the series' original credits looked like, then check out the Comics On TV entry on "Batman '66"! And no, the original credits did not feature Shaggy, Zorak, and Spock.

[via Comics Alliance]

What do you think of this "Batman '66" reimagining? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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FROM MTV MOVIES BLOG:

It's the "Dark Knight" Trilogy Box Set we need, and the one we deserve!

Dark Knight

At long last, Warner Bros. is giving the fans what they want: a special collector's set featuring all three of the Christopher Nolan Batman films: "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises," all in one "Ultimate Collector's Edition," spanning six discs and featuring more extras than even Lucius Fox could possibly dream up.

Our pals at MTV Movies Blog have an extensive rundown of the "Dark Knight" Trilogy set. Click on over to check out all the details!

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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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Avengers

We're well into the new summer movie season, but never forget about the epic year that was 2012. The year "The Dark Knight" trilogy came to a close. The year "Marvel's The Avengers" assembled and destroyed all of the box-office records. (Exaggeration, but you get the point.)

Well, the 39th Annual Saturn Awards did not forget about either of those movies. "Avengers" in particular walked away from the awards show with four top honors: best sci-fi film, best special effects, best director for Joss Whedon, and best supporting actor for Clark Gregg. "Dark Knight Rises," meanwhile, snagged a best supporting actress award for Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle.

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Batman Iron Man

by Brett White

2012 was a big year for superhero movies, with both "Marvel's the Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises" breaking records. But as super as each film is, they're up against some stiff competition at the MTV Movie Awards. The two blockbusters are not only up against each other, but they're also competing against two Oscar-winning films and the biggest comedy of last year. But... there can be only one Movie Of The Year.

The winner is crowned via your votes, so get to voting! And loyal Splash Pagers, which comic book film do you most want to see awarded the Golden Bucket at this Sunday's MTV Movie Awards? "The Avengers" redefined the genre and became the blockbuster of all blockbusters, but "The Dark Knight Rises" finished off Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking and definitive Batman trilogy.

If you need help casting your vote, check out the trailers for the two films below. Again, don't forget to vote for your favorite and tune in to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Sunday April 14th at 9 p.m.!

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Christian Bale

by Brett White

When Christian Bale gets a nomination for doing shirtless push-ups in a prison-pit, you know you're dealing with the MTV Movie Awards. Bale's Batman joins three other buff dudes (and one teddy bear) in the Best Shirtless Performance category. One thing's for sure, though: Batman's only shirtless because he has a city to save and has to get back into peak physical condition. What about you, Magic Mike? Are you shirtless for such a grand cause? Didn't think so!

To prepare you for this Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, here is Bale's shirtless performance as Bruce Wayne in "The Dark Knight Rises." Don't forget to vote for your favorite and tune in to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Sunday April 14th at 9 p.m.

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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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Loki

by Brett White

Look out, MTV Movie Awards, because the bad guys are coming! The five vile nominees for Best Villain all dove to new depths of treachery, proving that the best characters are the ones that we love to hate.

Of course three of the five nominees come from superhero films, proving that a hero is only as good as his villain. And boy oh boy, did these three do some damage. The dastardly duo from "The Dark Knight Rises," Miranda Tate (a.k.a. Talia Al Ghul) and Bane, brought Gotham City to its knees through extreme acts of urban warfare. Bane himself physically broke the Batman, a feat never accomplished in film. Over on the Marvel side of things, only one villain proved a big enough threat to warrant the response of six superheroes: Loki, the God of Mischief. Loki's scheming threatened to tear apart the Avengers, and his army of Chitauri aliens made a mess out of Manhattan.

To prepare you for this Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, here are clips showcasing each supervillain at their most evil. Don't forget to vote for your favorite and tune in to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Sunday April 14th at 9 p.m.

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