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Matthew Perry's Batman Posts Fixate Fans

Actor had a well-documented love of the superhero, but some fans see a worrying subtext

(Newser) - It apparently will take awhile to determine a cause of death for Matthew Perry, and in the meantime, fans are parsing his final social media posts. One thing that stands out is that his last several Instagram posts refer in some way to Batman, with Perry signing off as "...

For Many, He Is the Definitive Voice of Batman

For Many,
He Is the
Voice of Batman

For Many, He Is the Definitive Voice of Batman

Voice actor Kevin Conroy, famous from the animated series, dies at 66

(Newser) - Kevin Conroy, the prolific voice actor whose gravely delivery on Batman: The Animated Series was for many Batman fans the definitive sound of the Caped Crusader, has died at 66, per the AP . Conroy died Thursday after a battle with cancer, series producer Warner Bros. announced Friday. Conroy was the...

Zoe Kravitz: I Was Rejected as Too 'Urban'

Current Catwoman says a previous Batman movie wasn't as welcoming

(Newser) - Zoe Kravitz may be the new Catwoman , but nabbing that dream movie role was a lengthy process—one that involved a rejection based on the color of her skin, the biracial actor-musician tells the Observer . A decade before her debut as Selina Kyle in Matt Reeves' The Batman, which topped...

Surprise Guest Shows Up at Batman Screening

Real bat in Texas theater may have been released as a prank

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Austin, Texas, got to see more than one type of bat during a screening of The Batman this weekend, per the AP . An actual bat was spotted swooping around inside the theater, putting the movie on pause while management called animal control and tried—unsuccessfully—to get the...

Critics Weigh In on Our New Batman
Critics Weigh In
on Our New Batman

Critics Weigh In on Our New Batman

Robert Pattinson is 'brooding perfection,' says one critic

(Newser) - Lacking many of his later tricks, Bruce Wayne takes on a serial killer and his own doubts about himself in The Batman—Matt Reeves' take on the hero played for the first time by Robert Pattinson. The nearly three-hour running time hasn't turned off critics, who give the film...

No, Missouri, the Joker Isn't on the Loose

Highway patrol accidentally sends out a fake alert

(Newser) - This week, people in Missouri got an emergency alert on their phones about a suspicious vehicle with the license plate "UKIDME." The message that buzzed on their phones read: “GOTHAM CITY MO PURPLE/GREEN 1978 DODGE 3700 GT MO UKIDME," per Fox News . There is no Gotham...

Source: Robert Pattinson Has COVID-19
The Batman
Filming Halted

The Batman Filming Halted

Source says it's because Robert Pattinson has COVID-19

(Newser) - Robert Pattinson had resumed shooting The Batman just three days prior when the actor tested positive for the coronavirus, a "highly placed" anonymous source tells Vanity Fair . Warner Bros. has not confirmed the news, but the studio issued a statement saying, "A member of The Batman production has...

Michael Keaton as Batman Again? Maybe

He's in talks to return for 'The Flash'

(Newser) - If you consider Michael Keaton to be the best Batman, then we have good news for you: He might be donning the cowl once again. Keaton, who starred as the caped crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns, is in talks to reprise the role for...

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...

Here's a First Look at Joaquin Phoenix as 'Intense' Joker
Joaquin Phoenix's
Joker Looks 'Dark
and Twisted'

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,...

Michael Keaton Has Best 2 Words to End Commencement Speech
Michael Keaton Has
Best 2 Words to End
Commencement Speech

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...

Justice League Underwhelms in Opening Weekend
Justice League Underwhelms
in Opening Weekend 
Box Office

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Batman v Superman Is Pretty—and Pretty Dumb
 Batman v Superman Is 
 Pretty—and Pretty Dumb 

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...

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...

TV's Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dead at 78

 TV's Batgirl 
 Yvonne Craig 
 Dead at 78 

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...

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