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More and More Cops Carrying Batman-Style Tether

BolaWrap designed to wrap up suspect's arms or legs

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are adopting a nonlethal device that would look right at home on Batman's belt. The hand-held BolaWrap 100 from Wrap Technologies dispenses an 8-foot-long barbed Kevlar cord designed to wrap up a person up to 25 feet away, similar to Batman's trusty tether... More »

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Looks 'Dark and Twisted'

'Absolutely not like any comic book movie that has come before'

(Newser) - The long-awaited trailer for Joker , starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, was posted Wednesday morning, with an advance sneak peek Tuesday at CinemaCon—and per reaction rounded up by USA Today , the film looks to be "absolutely not like any 'comic book' movie that has come before,... More »

Michael Keaton Has Best 2 Words to End Commencement Speech

'I'm Batman,' he tells Kent State graduates

(Newser) - Michael Keaton gave the commencement speech Saturday at Ohio's Kent State University, and his ending is being called " perfect ." "I’ve got two words that I want you all to remember," the actor said. "They’re very important, and if I leave you with... More »

Justice League Underwhelms in Opening Weekend

The superhero mashup made just $96M

(Newser) - Justice League may be the No. 1 film in North America, but it also has the dubious distinction of being the lowest-opening film of the DC Comics Extended Universe, AP reports. Studios on Sunday estimate that the enormously expensively superhero mashup will earn $96 million from 4,051 theaters. It... More »

Bat-Signal Will Shine in LA Thursday

In tribute to Adam West

(Newser) - The Bat-Signal will shine over Los Angeles in tribute to the late Adam West, the actor best-known for playing Batman in the campy 1960 television series, who died Friday at age 88. Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Bat-Signal will be lit at LA's City Hall at 9pm Thursday, reports... More »

Batman, Family Guy Actor Adam West Dies at 88

A family spokesperson says West had been battling leukemia

(Newser) - Adam West, best known to the world as Batman, died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 88, according to the Hollywood Reporter . A family spokesperson says the actor had been battling leukemia. “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive... More »

Affleck No Longer Directing Next Batman Movie

'I cannot do both jobs to the level they require'

(Newser) - Ben Affleck has bowed out of directing The Batman but he still plans to produce the movie and star as Batman. Sources tell Variety that Affleck and Warner Bros. arrived at the decision together, and it had nothing to do with the fact that the Affleck-directed Live by Night was... More »

A Superhero Funeral for a Superhero Boy

Townville shooting victim Jacob Hall laid to rest surrounded by all his favorite characters

(Newser) - No sadder news emerged in the aftermath of the Townville school shooting last month than the death of 6-year-old Jacob Hall . But though his family and friends lost the South Carolina first-grader much sooner than they should have, they didn't lose his spirit—which is why a variety of... More »

Cops: Wannabe Batman Throws Batarang at Pursuing Officers

Commissioner Gordon would not be pleased

(Newser) - He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Actually, you know what, he's probably not the hero Gotham deserves either. The Seattle Police Department reports a 23-year-old man wanted on suspicion of assault threw a batarang at pursuing officers Monday evening. The cops... More »

Batman v Superman Is Pretty—and Pretty Dumb

Critics say it's 2.5 hours of mess and confusion

(Newser) - Everyone loves Batman and Superman, just apparently not when they’re trying to rip each other’s heads off. While audiences give Batman v Superman a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes , critics are hovering at the 30% mark, calling the film, well, a disaster. Here's what they're... More »

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 »

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