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The rating for "The Dark Knight Rises" has been released, which means director Christopher Nolan is likely in the final stretch editing the film together.

The MPAA has given the third and final Nolan Batman film a PG-13 rating for "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language," according to a screenshot of the Warner Bros exhibitor website posted by a forum member on nolanfans. As both "The Dark Knight" and "Batman Begins" were rated PG-13, this should come as no surprise. And while this Batman flick seems to be the darkest of the trilogy, we're sort of happy Nolan didn't delve into rated R territory.

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The first "Avengers" clip has landed, featuring Black Widow kicking terrorist ass while tied to a chair. I love the scene, but my Talk Nerdy colleagues Eric Ditzian and Brian Phares disagree. One thing the three of us do agree on: the return of Liam Neeson for "The Dark Knight Rises" is completely excellent news. No, we don't know how Ra's al Ghul will return, nor do we care. Following the hot sauce principle, the addition of Neeson to any franchise is always a good thing.

Outside of the comic book movie realm, this week's episode of Nerdy also centered on some "Hunger Games" drama and offered a preview of the weekend box office. Get all that and more in the video above you, and make sure to let us know what you think in the comments section or on Twitter!

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Batman's gotta look his best when fighting crime, and so do you when seeing "The Dark Knight Rises." To that end, the ongoing "Dark Knight" T-shirt contest can satisfy your needs, as you'll see in today's edition of Tights. Bonus points: some more "Avengers" footage to gawk at, a bit of mind-blowing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trivia, and something that should make Whedonites very, very happy.

Strap on your Tights and join us past the jump!

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It was the confirmation we all figured would come eventually. We just thought that we might have to wait until seeing "The Dark Knight Rises" in the theaters. Liam Neeson will be back to reprise his role as Ra's Al Ghul in the final Christopher Nolan Batman movie.

Bringing someone back who died in a previous installment is always tricky business, so we've done Mr. Nolan the favor of looking at the four ways to bring Neeson back into the series. Needless to say, some are better than others.

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Eric Roberts almost certainly ruffled some feathers when he made a few anti-"The Dark Knight" comments recently. The actor (who played Maroni in the 2008 film) criticized its big budget and said he felt it didn't "educate, enlighten, move [or] comfort" its audience. But one "Dark Knight Rises" actor begs to differ.

"This of course is his opinion," Matthew Modine -- who plays Nixon -- tells ComicBookMovie.com. "Eric is a very interesting actor. Always has been. Has every movie he’s made educated, enlightened, moved, and or comforted people? I don’t know, I haven’t seen all of his films."

CBM went on to ask him whether he thought a big budget film like, say, "The Dark Knight Rises," could still be artistic in quality. He seems to think that it can.

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Well, that was fast. Only days after it was revealed that the "Wrath of the Titans" production notes confirm Liam Neeson is in "The Dark Knight Rises," the actor has come out and offered his added confirmation as well. Unfortunately, he didn't give us anything that we didn't know already.

"I think so," he told CNN of the inclusion of his role during the "Wrath" junket. "I have no idea what the story is about. Nothing. Nothing. Seriously, I'm not sure if I'm still in it. It's a cameo -- let's put it that way -- if it still survives.”

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It feels as though we've been speculating about the return of Liam Neeson's Ra's al Ghul ever since "The Dark Knight Rises" was announced. The actor has gone as far as to confirm that he was on the set of the film, but now we have definitely proof that he is actually going to play a role in Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie.

Warner Bros released production notes for "Wrath of the Titans," Neeson's next film, that confirmed he will have a role in "The Dark Knight Rises." And if we're going to believe anyone, it's going to be the studio that is handling the flick.

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Is that it for "Dark Knight Rises" trailers? Have we seen our final extended look at Batman and Bane slugging it out, without even realizing it? Honestly, probably not -- knowing the viral marketing history of the "Dark Knight" franchise, not to mention that the movie is still some months away, our odds of getting some new "Rises" footage before the film's release are pretty firmly in our favor.

But that doesn't mean we're not in a dry spell for "Dark Knight Rises" news, so any and all riffs on Christopher Nolan's final trip to Gotham City are welcome in my book. Cue this "Dark Knight Rises" Lego trailer posted over at The Beat yesterday. It's pretty much what it says it is: the awesome "Dark Knight Rises" trailer, recut with Legos, crumbling football field and everything. Very fun stuff.

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All's been quiet on "The Dark Knight Rises" front recently, hopefully because Christopher Nolan is off somewhere making the magic happen. But with the film's July release date inching ever closer, it's safe to say the marketing for Nolan's final Batman movie is about to ramp up. Enter some new "Dark Knight Rises" theater standee art, featuring the Caped Crusader himself and his newest nemesis, Bane.

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As "The Dark Knight Rises" is Christopher Nolan's last Batman film, he and Warner Bros are trying to make it special. The latest instance of this is an official t-shirt design contest held by the online T-shirt creating community Design By Humans.

The website announced that they'll be holding a contest looking for fan submissions of T-shirt designs inspired by "The Dark Knight Rises." The event kicked off on Monday and will run through April 11 at midnight pacific time. Nolan and producer Emma Thomas will choose their three winners from the top 10 finalists for the challenge, and those fans will receive cash prizes as well as Design By Humans selling their T-shirt design.

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