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Light the Bat-Signal, It's Batman Day

Same Bat-day, same Bat-time as last year

(Newser) - Holy made-up holiday, Batman! Today is the second-annual Batman Day, which DC Comics started last year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, IGN reports. To celebrate, DC is lowering prices on its digital Batman comics, retailers are giving away a free issue, and cupcake chain Sprinkles is... More »

TV's Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dead at 78

She also appeared alongside Elvis Presley in 1960s films

(Newser) - Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit Batman, has died. She was 78. Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home from complications from breast cancer, her family says. She began her career as a ballet dancer, the youngest member of The Ballet Russe... More »

Real-Life 'Batman' Killed by His Batmobile

Lenny B. Robinson was a hero to the sick kids he visited

(Newser) - The world is down one hero: Lenny B. Robinson, the real-life Batman who made headlines after he was pulled over by police wearing a Batman costume and driving a black Lamborghini, has died in an accident involving his "batmobile." Robinson, of Maryland, had car trouble last night while... More »

Thousands Help 'Batkid' Save SF

Miles Scott's Make-A-Wish granted in a big way

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy grabbed the attention of San Francisco today as thousands of residents joined an elaborate effort to help the tiny leukemia patient play crime-fighting "Batkid" for a day. With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Miles Scott rescued a woman, captured the evil Riddler during a bank... More »

Guy Named Batman Jailed for Burglary

Batman bin Suparman pleads guilty to heroin use, theft

(Newser) - Say it ain't so, Batman! An unemployed Singaporean man was sentenced to almost three years in jail today, after failing badly to live up to his name—which is, we are not kidding, Batman bin Suparman. The 23-year-old was arrested in August, after security cameras spotted him breaking into... More »

Fox Scores Hot New Gotham TV Series

Wins bidding war for hotly anticipated series 'Gotham'

(Newser) - Gotham City is coming to primetime TV ... but without Batman. Fox has won a bidding war for Gotham, a new live-action series from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, set in the fictional city before one of its billionaires started dressing up in bat costumes. Instead, the show will tell the... More »

Internet Loses It Over Ben Affleck as Batman

He wasn't exactly Twitter's first choice

(Newser) - Ben Affleck was revealed as the newest Batman last night (he'll play the Dark Knight in the next Superman movie, a sequel to this year's Man of Steel expected in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports), and let's just say the Internet is not happy. Twitter users... More »

A Superhero First: Next Superman Movie Will Have Batman, Too

Director Zack Snyder reveals at Comic-Con

(Newser) - Superman is coming back, and he'll have a caped co-star. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced today at San Diego's Comic-Con that he was making another Superman film and that it will include Batman—the first time the two superheroes will be united on the big screen.... More »

See Heath Ledger's Joker Diary From Dark Knight

Documentary offers insight into Oscar-winning performance

(Newser) - A clip making rounds on the web this week offers a fascinating insight into Heath Ledger's preparation for his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker in 2008 film The Dark Night. In the clip, taken from German documentary Too Young to Die, Ledger's father leafs through the actor's... More »

Brit 'Batman' Drops Bad Guy Off to Cops

Costumed man hauls suspected burglar to station

(Newser) - It seems Batman has moved beyond Gotham City. The superhero caught a suspected burglar in Bradford, north England, Reuters reports, and helpfully dropped the him off at the police station. "The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit," said... More »

DC Comics Killing Latest Robin

Damian Wayne has been a fan favorite

(Newser) - We're sorry you had to hear it this way, comic fans, but Robin is about to be grounded. Fan-favorite Damian Wayne will die in Batman Incorporated #8, the New York Post reports in a morning spoiler. "He saves the world. He does his job as Robin. He dies... More »

Original Batmobile Sells for $4.2M

Customized 1955 Lincoln was on Adam West TV show

(Newser) - The original Batmobile from the 1960s television series Batman has sold at auction for $4.2 million. A spokeswoman for Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. says the winning bidder has not been disclosed following yesterday's auction. The 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car was used in the Batman TV show that starred Adam... More »

Joseph Gordon- Levitt the Next Batman: Report

Will play caped crusader in Justice League , say insiders

(Newser) - Christopher Nolan may not be directing any more Batman films, but Warner Bros. isn't done with the character—and Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks set to take over where Christian Bale left off. The Dark Knight Rises' end seemed to indicate that the franchise would live on, and sure enough, the... More »

'Joker' Busted at Fla. Theater

But man in make-up was no threat, cops say

(Newser) - In the wake of the Dark Knight Rises shooting , turning up at a movie theater looking like the Joker is a good way to attract the attention of the police, a Florida man discovered. A concerned moviegoer called the cops when he saw a man with black, white, and red... More »

Masked Man Robs Theaters Showing Dark Knight

No one hurt in Mexican robberies

(Newser) - Is Batman inspiring supervillains? A man in a ski mask has now robbed two theaters showing The Dark Knight Rises in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua, prosecutors revealed yesterday. The man was dressed in black and wielding a gun, the AP reports. But there was no dramatic hold-up in... More »

WSJ Editor's Batman Tweet Stirs Angry Backlash

James Taranto makes controversial comment about Aurora shooting

(Newser) - A Wall Street Journal editor is in hot water after an "errant" tweet about the Dark Knight massacre. Referring to the three men who died shielding their girlfriends during the attack, James Taranto tweeted, "I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the... More »

Christian Bale Visits Shooting Victims

'Dark Knight' star goes to Aurora, Colorado

(Newser) - Some of those still hospitalized from the Dark Knight tragedy got a visit today from the movie's star, Christian Bale, reports the Denver Post . Bale visited Aurora, Colo., with his wife and spent a few hours at the local hospital visiting the wounded along with doctors and first-responders. "... More »

The Changing Face of Fear

Today's evil doesn't kill for a cause, but for destruction itself

(Newser) - America's great enemies of the past—Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or Mao's China—were evil, but at least they were evil with a point (however twisted). But these days, evil has changed, and from Timothy McVeigh to 9/11, the anthrax killer, and now James Holmes, the "world-burners,... More »

Holmes Plotted Colo. Massacre for 4 Months

Bomb experts defuse traps in apartment

(Newser) - James Holmes began receiving "a high volume of deliveries" of weapons and ammunition at his home and work beginning at least four months ago, indicating that the man behind Thursday night's massacre in Aurora, Colo., had been plotting his massacre even longer than police originally thought , reports Reuters... More »

Dark Knight Suspect: I'm 'The Joker'

James Holmes wore red hair like Heath Ledger in 'Dark Knight'

(Newser) - Looks like Dark Knight Rises suspect James Holmes may have been imitating a Batman foe when he killed 12 and wounded 59 in a Colorado theater this morning, TMZ reports. The evidence: James Holmes wore red hair and said he was "The Joker" when arrested by police. "It... More »

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