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See Christian Bale's 'Batman Begins' audition... opposite Amy Adams?

There are a lot of bat-goodies contained within the 90 minutes of new special features on Warner Bros.’s new Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. (Try saying that three times fast.) But this clip could very well be the collection’s coolest moment. It’s pre-Batman Christian Bale! Doing a screen test for Batman Begins! Wearing Val Kilmer’s old batsuit from Batman Forever. And acting opposite… Amy Adams! (Don’t get too glum thinking about what might have been, Katie Holmes haters — she was only there as a favor to the movie’s casting director.)

As the video proves, Bale’s rumbly batvoice was there from the very beginning — before the beginning, even. “He had decided that Batman had to have a different voice… that he had to put on a voice,” director/co-writer Christopher Nolan explains over footage of the screen test.

And evidently, that simple acting choice was a major factor in Bale’s ultimate casting. READ FULL STORY

Ultimate 'Dark Knight Trilogy' blu-ray: Christopher Nolan reflects on Batman's rebirth -- VIDEO

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A chapter has officially closed in the Batman mythology. Christian Bale retired the cowl, Ben Affleck now inherits the suit and will next fight Superman, and Christopher Nolan may be playing a diminished role in the hero’s future as Warner Bros. and DC Comics set the table for a Justice League movie. So it’s the perfect time to look back and celebrate what Bale and Nolan did with their Batman trilogy, resurrecting the character from neon-saturated camp after Joel Schumacher and George Clooney’s 1997 debacle, Batman & Robin. Beginning with Batman Begins in 2005 and punctuated by The Dark Knight in 2008, Nolan literally reinvented the superhero genre, planting a flawed hero in a recognizable physical and moral landscape that made room for ambiguity, political commentary, and literary subtext.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. puts a bow on its Dark Knight Trilogy with an Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set. There’s 90 minutes of new special features, including a conversation between Nolan and the godfather of superhero epics, Superman‘s Richard Donner, and a special featurette about the creation and the impact of the series. In an exclusive video from the latter video, titled “The Fire Rises,” Nolan explains his obvious-only-in-hindsight take on the material and how it took only 15 minutes to get a “Yes” from the Warner Bros brass. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck explains to Jimmy Fallon how he first discovered Batman backlash

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“[Your kids] have to be psyched, ’cause Daddy’s going to be Batman now.”

Bravo, Jimmy Fallon. Last night, the TV host steered his adorable conversation with Ben Affleck about their children directly into the issue that you were most eager to hear. Affleck, who was on the show to promote his new movie, Runner Runner, hardly blinked and gleefully launched into the story of how he came to get the job of Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie for director Zack Snyder.

Affleck took the most delight in recalling the internet reaction to his casting — a reaction the studio apparently prepared him for. “I’m a big boy,” he said he told the studio after they suggested he not use the internet for a few days. “I handle sh-t. … I’m very tough. So I saw the announcement and I look on [the internet]. I look on the first comment. It’s like “Ben Affleck is going to be Batman.” The first one just goes, “Nooooooooooooooooo!”

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Joss Whedon tweets support for Ben Affleck as Batman

Ever since we learned about #batfleck, one of the most popular tweets making the rounds has fancifully imagined The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon orchestrating the Warner Bros. hire as part of some sabotage scheme. But on Friday afternoon, Whedon tweeted his support for Ben Affleck taking over the iconic role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel:

And so, the Marvel vs. DC cold war thawed slightly … for now. The tweet garnered about 1,000 RTs within 10 minutes of posting.

Previously this bit of snark was making the rounds, from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Mike Drucker: READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck is set to star as Batman in Warner Bros. Man of Steel sequel, the studio announced Thursday.

Zack Snyder will be returning to direct Affleck and Henry Cavill in the still-untitled film, which will be the first time Batman and Superman have shared the big screen. The press release announcing the news says that Affleck’s Batman will be “an entirely new incarnation of the character.” Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will be returning to reprise their roles in the film as well, which is slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
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Nathan Fillion as Batman? Probably not, he says.

Whether Christian Bale has or has not been offered $50 million to reprise his role as Batman in Man of Steel 2 remains a mystery. (He probably hasn’t.) But with the suit officially unoccupied — as of now– the race is on to find a new Batman. But one name you can probably cross off your list? Castle star and generally geek-loved actor Nathan Fillion.

“I wonder if my throat could take it,” he said, joking that he doesn’t believe he has the vocal stamina to mimic Batman’s gravelly voice. “I think I’d make an excellent Bruce Wayne; I think I’d make a terrible Batman.”
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Christian Bale: About that $50 million offer to play Batman...

Extra! Extra!! Christian Bale offered $50 million to play Batman again!

If you’ve scanned the superhero sites, you’ve inevitably read reports that Bale is being lured back to the Batcave with a $50 meeellion offer to square off against Henry Cavill’s Superman in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel. Fans of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Bale’s dark portrayal of the Caped Crusader immediately rejoiced, convincing themselves that Bale’s previous denials and his desire to pass the torch to another Batman could quickly be erased by cold hard cash. Perhaps that will eventually be the case. But not today.

The recent online buzz erupted after the British Sun newspaper reported that “Bale is facing extraordinary pressure” to return to the character for a huge payday. The Sun‘s sources, however, aren’t exactly Warner Bros. insiders or members of Bale’s inner circle. Instead, the tabloid was blindly relying on a new ebook titled Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemma. It’s a 27-page mini-book from an author named Vincent Russel, who’s also written an unauthorized biography of WWE superstar CM Punk.
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Is the 'Man of Steel' sequel actually titled 'Batman vs. Superman'?

As you may have heard if you have been on the internet or around another human being in the last 72 hours, Warner Bros. is making a sequel to Man of Steel, and it will feature both Henry Cavill’s Superman AND another presumably-attractive actor playing Batman. (Gosling maybe?) The press release announcing the movie introduced the creative team (everyone who made Man of Steel) and a release date (summer 2015). It did not, however, explicitly state the title of the movie. However, at a different Comic-Con panel celebrating Superman’s 75th anniversary, screenwriter David S. Goyer claimed there were only two options. “We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman.”
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'Godzilla,' 'Warcraft,' Tom Cruise, and Batman: Ranking the buzz from the Warner Bros./Legendary program

Saturday is the busiest and buzziest day of Comic-Con, with the major studios taking over the massive Hall H with a varied slate of mega-budget blockbuster hopefuls, genre curios, remakes, cartoons, potential Oscar nominees, and January dumping-ground dreck. The Warner Bros./Legendary program, which kicked off today’s Hall H schedule featured six full panels and a sneak peek-ish original scene from a long-in-the-works videogame adaptation — the studio wound up conquering Twitter just by putting a couple of logos together.

Obviously, it would be ridiculous to offer any kind of qualitative assessment of these projects: Comic-Con panels are basically extended infomercials (albeit occasionally very charming infomercials). But here’s a semi-scientific ranking of how much positive buzz each project generated. (Fun Fact: Batman appears in at least two of these projects.
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'Dark Knight Trilogy' sets Blu-ray release date

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Christian Bale might be finished with the role of Batman, but fans can see him as Gotham’s protector once again when Warner Bros. releases The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray on Sept. 24. Not only will Bat-geeks get to re-watch the caped crusader’s epic battles against Scarecrow, Ra’s al-Gul, the Joker, Two-Face, and Bane, but the six-disc set will feature two new featurettes.

Click below for Warner Bros.’ descriptions of the bonus features:
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