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The role of Batman will be played by Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. His predecessor, Christian Bale, admitted that he’s a little jealous of Affleck taking over the part.

Naturally, that begs the question—what does Michael Keaton think? He settled it all in an interview with Short List. When they asked if he was jealous of Affleck he answered:

No. Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.

Everyone else, take off your capes and go home. The Batman has spoken.

(via io9)

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DC is releasing a line of Batman: The Animated Series figures and that set will now include Barbara Gordon. She will join Batman, Riddler, and Penguin as the latest wave of figures announced for the series. Batman and Riddler are 6″ figures while Bargirl is 5″ and Penguin comes in at 4.5″ because the guy just happens to be short. The figures are all set to make their debut next July but you can pre-order them now for $22.99 each.

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DC Comics is launching a shiny new batch of variant covers in March, and they’re all about movie posters. The fun designs insert DC characters into posters from movies such as Free Willy (yep, you read that correctly), The Mask, Gone With the Wind, Beetlejuice, and Purple Rain. Heroes and villains on the covers include Aquaman, Batgirl, the Joker, and so many more. I can practically hear the money falling out of the wallets of collectors.

See more creative variant covers after the break.

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It’s time to stop worrying about shelf space and start worrying about wall space. This new Batman wall mounted statue from Pop Culture Shock (PCS) is the sign of things to come. This polystone statue looks quite detailed, and PCS states these new collectibles have the same quality and craftsmanship as their shelf-based sculpts. The wall mounted piece comes with a LED light and stands at 15 inches tall.

You can pre-order the Batman statue now for an estimated ship date of November 2015. It sounds like this is just the first of the DC wall statues PCS will be offering.

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Here’s a look at the Batman store that we almost saw in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. This store was included in an early draft of the film and was supposed to be a location for a scene in the movie. The idea was that Batman had become so popular that someone opened a themed store in Gotham.

The store was supposed to be destroyed in the script, but the whole scene was cut. These photos of what it looked like were posted on reddit by 1989Batman and give us a glimpse at what merchandising would look like in Gotham.

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Imagine a world where Batman and Darth Vader live in the same universe. Vader’s Force powers could go against Batman and his science and logic. They would undoubtedly have an epic battle, and this Batman vs. Darth Vader Super Power Beat Down video from Machinima depicts how it might play out.

Place your bets and watch the fight after the break.

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3D printing has already reached its zenith.

(via Reddit)

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It came as no surprise to Christian Bale that a new Batman was cast for Batman v. Superman, but he was still jealous when he heard that Ben Affleck got the role. He told Empire:

I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another.’ So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.

I have to say that staring “into nothing for half an hour” is much more of an emotional reaction than we would expect from someone who seemed so adamant about moving on from the role. Bale went on to say that he did manage to shake off the funk once he absorbed the news and even reached out to Affleck.

But I’m 40. The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman…I think I should have gotten over it by now. I haven’t spoken with Ben, but I emailed him offering bits of advice that I learned the hard way. I would imagine he is doing everything he can to avoid anything that I did.

The internet didn’t have the best reaction to news that Affleck had been cast in the role either, so good for Bale that he came to terms with it and even offered to help Affleck.

(Comic Book Movie via io9)

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These fantastic renderings imagine an Adventure Time/”Batman mashup done as 3D figures. Artist Volatile-Vertex came up with the idea to celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary and Bat-Finn has never looked better. In addition to Finn as Batman, there’s Jake as a gargoyle, Princess Bubblegum as Batgirl, the Ice King as Mr. Freeze, Gunter as the Penguin, King Worm as the Mad Hatter, and BMO as Alfred. Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll actually make these figures because they’re simply perfect.

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Recent set photos provide evidence that elements of Batman V. Superman are going to look a lot like Frank Miller’s comic The Dark Knight Returns. Minor spoilers ahead.

It all has to do with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. I know you’re thinking “not again!”, but take a look a the photos. The scene seems to be pulled right out of the comic. You can see the Wayne Family is coming out of a showing of The Mark of Zorro before the murders and, is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne?

Check out the set gallery along with a comparison with The Dark Knight Returns after the break…

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