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‘Batman V Superman’ Almost Had a Role for Former Batman Christian Bale

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It’s only been four years since Christopher Nolan concluded his Dark Knight trilogy, so when Zack Snyder announce Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there were some understandable rumors that Christian Bale might be reprising his superhero role. Since Snyder’s film effectively reboots Batman, Bale reprising his role as the caped crusader was never really plausible — but the director did consider giving Bale a different role in the film.

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‘Batman vs. Superman’ Star Ben Affleck Received Some Bat-Advice From Christian Bale and George Clooney

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Warner Bros.

Zack Snyder recently revealed that he sought and received Christopher Nolan’s blessing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (though it really sounded like Nolan just didn’t care), but he wasn’t the only one looking for approval for the upcoming superhero epic. Ben Affleck says that he also went to his Batman predecessors — not for their blessing, but for some helpful Bat-tips.

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You’ll Either Die a Hero, or Live Long Enough to Go Broke Paying Off Sideshow’s Latest Batman Statue

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Sideshow Collectibles

People love Batman. People love Batman movies. People love Batman toys and statues, and underpants and t-shirts, but mostly the toys and statues. Sideshow Collectibles knows this, and has managed to combine those core loves into one convenient package. Based on Christian Bale's appearance as Batman in The Dark Knight, the company's latest premium format figure finds the hero of Gotham rendered in a ready-to-battle pose facing off against an unseen opponent. Now, we do know that there will be a Joker statue in the same vein, thanks to its appearance at SDCC this year, and the fact that it's in the promotional images for this Batman piece, too.

Being a premium format figure, the Batman makes use of mixed media, and features a cloth cape to go along with the more solid body. At 20" tall, there's plenty of room for detail, which this figure has in spades. There's tremendous texturing in the Kevlar portions of the suit, with the more armored sections standing out due to the great paint job giving them that brushed metal vibe.

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20 Completely Batty Facts From ‘The Dark Knight’ in One Video

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'The Dark Knight' is one of the most popular superhero movies ever. Heck, it might even be one of the most popular movies of any genre in the past 10 years. But, even if you think you've seen and read all there is on 'The Dark Knight,' you still might not know everything there is to know about one of the biggest movies of all-time.

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Number One Guy: Why Michael Keaton Is Cinema’s Best Batman

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There have been five men to portray Batman in the character's eight live-action feature-length films, from Adam West in Batman '66 to Christain Bale in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. All five actors came with their strengths and weaknesses, but the best was Michael Keaton, who played the DC Comics superhero in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns.

In the first major scene of Batman '89, Keaton famously grabs a terrified mugger by the collar, holds him off the side of a building, pulls him close to his face, and hisses, "I'm Batman." As a 12-year old watching that moment on a VHS tape in my living room, I believed Michael Keaton. And I still believe him as a grown man watching it on DVD in my office 25 years later, even after having seen a half-dozen different Batman movies since.

I realize declaring Michael Keaton's performance as Batman to be not only my favorite Batman but the best Batman is a somewhat controversial statement, even (especially?) among my fellow writers at ComicsAlliance, but allow me to make my case.

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Link Ink: The Flash’s CW Fate, CG Doraemon And Bale’s Bat Advice To Affleck

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Watch Christian Bale Audition As Batman In Val Kilmer’s Suit [Video]

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In stores this week is The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition box set (which we're giving away a copy of). The set includes all three of director Christopher Nolan's Batman films on Blu-Ray, plus a number of extras, including, as revealed by Batman News in the site's review of the set, a video of Christian Bale's audition for the role of Batman, while wearing Val Kilmer's suit from Batman Forever.

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Christian Bale Talks Batman with 8-Year-Old Cancer Patient [Video]

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In what's just the latest in a series of extremely kind and charitable acts, The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale took some time to chat on the phone with Zach Guillot, an 8-year-old Batman superfan who's undergoing intense treatment for leukemia...

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Parting Shot: Bat-Bane Is The Hero Gotham Deserves

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In one of those "I can't believe none of us thought to do this sooner" moments, one fan of The Dark Knight Rises has merged the masks of Batman and Bane. In an ideal world, Christian Bale would put this on and combine his Dark Knight voice with the dulcet tones of Tom Hardy's Bane, leading to roughly 10 billion "such a lovely, lovely voice" jokes on the internet...

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Movie Batman Christian Bale Makes A Four-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Dream Come True

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How great is Christian Bale? Wait, before you answer that based on his performances in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies or his recent trip to visit victims of the Aurora shootings, you might want to read this story about a four-year-old who really, really wanted to meet the man who played Batman...

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