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Dark Knight Rises

It's been a month and a half since "The Dark Knight Rises" hit theaters and, though it's been doing great in theaters, there have been plenty of criticisms leveled at the Christopher Nolan film since its arrival. Love it or hate it, it's hard to argue that "The Dark Knight Rises" has its fair share of flaws.

Last month, illustrator Tokyosexwhale saw Nolan's final "Dark Knight" film on the big screen and styled a review of the film as a hilarious comic strip that he posted to his personal blog. It should go without saying that the strip contains some spoilers, but it is worth reading if you have seen the flick. His take on the movie's various plot holes and inconsistencies has turned into one of the funniest critiques of "The Dark Knight Rises" we've seen on the web yet. Very big thanks to Badass Digest for bringing this hilarious comic review to our attention.

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Avengers

Marvel Studios made the no-brainer call to bring "The Avengers" back into theaters this Labor Day weekend, in the hopes of pushing their record-breaking flick to further box office heights. The plan succeeded, as "Avengers" has now officially crossed $1.5 billion worldwide, with an estimated $2.2 million added on during its Labor Day resurrection.

But Marvel wasn't the only company enjoying some much deserved success, as Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," has finally crossed the $1 billion threshold. It's only the 11th film in history to make that achievement, sending Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy off on a financial high note. Well played, Batman!

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Catwoman

With Batman, Joker, Bane and even Commissioner Gordon getting action figures of their very own, it was just a matter of time before another "Dark Knight" veteran, Selina Kyle, took her turn in the spotlight. The Hot Toys gang posted several new photos of their upcoming Catwoman toy, and as you can see below, the sculpt is purr-fect.

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Dark Knight Rises

FROM NEXTMOVIE:

"The Dark Knight Rises" didn't enjoy the same box-office superstardom that "Marvel's The Avengers" experienced, but that doesn't mean it isn't the superior film — especially in the eyes of the fans.

NextMovie's end-of-summer polls to determine which flicks ruled supreme over the past several months have closed, and the results are decidedly in Batman's favor. Not only did Christopher Nolan's final Gotham City adventure earn the Best Movie trophy, it did so by a count of 63 percent to "Avengers'" 20 percent. Further victories for "Rises" included Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway easily clinching Standout Male Star and Standout Female Star over their competitors.

Do you agree with the results of NextMovie's polls? Let us know in the comments below!

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Batman and Iron Man

If all of Earth's mightiest heroes were truly on hand for "Marvel's The Avengers," there would be at least one more addition to that roster of superheroes: Batman.

The Caped Crusader doesn't turn into a giant green rage monster, nor does he strike lightning by way of a mighty hammer. But what he lacks in super-powers he more than makes up for in shadowy justice and billions upon billions of bucks. An amazing asset to any super-team if we've ever heard of one.

Of course, not only was Batman not a part of the "Avengers" roster, he was actively positioned against them with his very own summer blockbuster, "The Dark Knight Rises." But what if, hypothetically, Bruce Wayne had been around to help Captain America and pals fend off the invading Chitauri forces at the end of Joss Whedon's superhero epic? It might have looked a little something like the College Humor video you'll see below.

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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.

Check out the video after the jump!

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John Blake

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's days of wearing the cape and cowl are over well before they even really started.

Despite the alluring ending of "The Dark Knight Rises," particularly for JGL's character John Blake, it looks like the "Premium Rush" actor won't be suiting up in any capacity for a future Batman film, at least not one set in the Christopher Nolan universe.

"Sure," he told MTV News when asked if he's ever confronted by fans asking about his Batman future. "But it's not up to me."

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Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy is over, but questions remain, particularly surrounding the final installment, "The Dark Knight Rises." Why was Batman so reckless in his first battle against Bane, for one? How has no one put together that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one and the same? Why didn't Lucius Fox just flood the reactor chamber rather than forking over the most powerful nuclear weapon in Gotham City?

All of these questions and more are being dealt with in the latest parody video from the How It Should Have Ended gang. Want to know how "Dark Knight Rises" really should have ended? Click on and see for yourself!

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Tom Hardy

If you're still trying to figure out what the heck Tom Hardy was saying as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," then we've got just the website to brighten up your Friday afternoon.

A Mega SWF user has put together a Bane soundboard that features 26 short soundbites from "The Dark Knight Rises." Do we understand half of what Bane says in the snippets from the film? No. Does it matter? Absolutely not. We now can spend hours perfecting the way Hardy manages to garble "peace has cost you your strength" and use it as a party trick. Our friends will love it, we're sure.

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Dark Knight Rises

Between "Dark Knight Rises" and "Avengers" and everything else that's on the horizon, it's never been a more exciting time to be a superhero movie fan. But David Cronenberg disagrees. The "Cosmopolis" director does not think movies like Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy have resulted in an "elevated art form" for the comic book movie scene, based on comments he made in a new interview with NextMovie.

"I think it's still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don't think it's elevated," said Cronenberg. "Christopher Nolan's best movie is 'Memento,' and that is an interesting movie. I don't think his Batman movies are half as interesting though they're 20 million times the expense."

Read the full story at NextMovie.

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