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Obama: Anne Hathaway Was the 'Best Thing' in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics(WESTPORT, Conn.) -- President Obama has seen The Dark Knight Rises, and he preferred Catwoman over the Caped Crusader.

At a fundraiser held Monday night at the Westport, Conn., home of producer Harvey Weinstein and co-hosted by Catwoman herself, Anne Hathaway, Obama praised the actress' performance in the Batman sequel. According to, the president remarked, “She’s spectacular. I got a chance to see Batman, and she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion.”

Hathaway co-hosted the fundraiser with Weinstein, The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin and Paul Newman’s widow, Joanne Woodward.

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Campaign Launched for ‘Batman’ Star to Visit Colorado Shooting Victims

TM and © DC Comics(NEW YORK) -- A campaign that has spread through Facebook and Twitter is asking “Batman” star Christian Bale to make the trip in his Batman costume from Gotham City to visit children injured in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting.

“All those kids in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds at the Batman massacre could use a visit from their real hero,” said a post on Facebook. “They need to know heroes can be real too, not just the bad guys.”

The campaign picked up steam on Twitter, using the hashtag #BaleOutAurora.

It was unclear if Bale had heard of the campaign, but the actor released a statement today expressing his condolences to victims of the shooting.

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them,” Bale said.

Twelve people were killed in the midnight massacre and 58 were injured. It is not known how many of the injured are children.

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"Batman" Stars Reflect, Look Forward to "Dark Knight Rises"

Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips(LOS ANGELES) -- On July 20, director Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking Batman series comes to a close with the release of The Dark Knight Rises.  The blockbuster series has been praised by comic fans and non-fans alike, and introduced a new generation to Bob Kane's classic Caped Crusader.

At a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Sunday, Batman himself, Christian Bale, called the moment "bittersweet," knowing that he's promised he won't don the cape and cowl again without Nolan.

"He's saying it's time to say goodbye," Bale said, "so it's time to say goodbye."

Nolan -- who on Saturday became only the eighth director in Hollywood history to add his hand and footprints to the collection at Grauman's Chinese Theater -- explained choosing the comic bad guy Bane as The Dark Knight Rises' villain was a direct result of the late Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance as The Joker.

"[W]e wanted a very different villain for this. ...I wasn't going to set out to try and in some way better what Heath had done," the filmmaker said.

In fact, the Gotham City villain isn't even mentioned in The Dark Knight Rises.

"I took the decision early on that it would be inappropriate," Nolan said.  "I felt that, you know, someone who was a friend and a colleague had suffered a terrible tragedy, and to try to reduce that to a plot point in a fictional universe felt wrong to me."

As for series newcomer Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, she said she "got a chill" when she saw herself suited up with her fellow in-the-flesh comic co-stars.  But as the only female, she had another challenge ahead of her: fighting in very high heels.

"It's part of being a woman," she joked.  "The Devil Wears Prada was really good training for that...I kind of ran up and down I just ran up and down Gotham."

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Batman Gets 'Angry' in New "Dark Knight Rises" Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips(NEW YORK) -- The fourth trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has hit the Internet, and apart from relatively few shots fans haven't already seen in other coming attractions, there are some new lines of dialogue.

In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne has apparently taken something of a hiatus filling the cape and cowl of his alter-ego Batman, and as a result, Gotham City goes to pot.

Apart from furious throngs of 99-percenters tearing rich people out of their mansions, the city falls victim to the terror of Tom Hardy's Bane, a nightmarish villain forced to subsist on a mysterious, power-enhancing gas. 

Eventually, Batman gets off the sidelines and back in the game, probably when Wayne tells Alfred in the trailer, "I'm not afraid. I'm angry."

The trailer also shows other castmembers including Anne Hathaway both in and out of her Catwoman attire, and returning players like Morgan Freeman as Bruce Wayne/Batman's tech expert Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as Wayne's loyal friend and butler Alfred.

It's Alfred who gets the only funny line in the intense spot, consoling a cane-clutching Christian Bale: "Don't worry, Master Wayne: takes a little time to get back into the swing of things."

The Dark Knight Rises opens nationwide on July 20.

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New "Dark Knight Rises" Trailer Teases Hathaway's Catwoman, Batman's Fall

Jim Spellman/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Bat-fans don't have to wait to see The Avengers in theaters to get a peek at the latest trailer for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

The last chapter in the director's acclaimed, blockbuster Batman series has the Caped Crusader tackling Bane, one of his most powerful foes. Played by Tom Hardy, Bane is a criminal mastermind whose strength is boosted by a mysterious chemical concoction.

The newest trailer, which will unspool before The Avengers in theaters starting May 4, incorporates elements of a daring aerial escape that some fans saw in a special IMAX prologue of the film, scenes of devastation in Gotham City, as well as more footage of Anne Hathaway as Selena Kyle or Catwoman, and Joseph Gordon Levitt as a cop only known as John Blake.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20.

To whet your appetite, a fictional police report on the so-called "anonymous vigilante" known as "The Batman" has just been posted on The fake report asks citizens to tweet or email any graffiti showing support of Batman and lists locations all over the world.

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Superhero Alter-Egos, Dragon Among Richest Fictional Characters List

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Once again, Forbes magazine has taken a very realistic look at the bottom lines of fake people for its "Fictional 15."  The list compares the wealth of fictional characters using an "analysis of the fictional character’s source material, and where possible, valued against known real-world commodity and share price movements."

Just in time for The Avengers, Iron Man's alter-ego Tony Stark made the list -- coming in 5th, with an estimated net worth of $9.3 billion.  This put Stark ahead of another superhero's alter-ego, the man behind Batman's mask, Bruce Wayne, who will also be seen onscreen when The Dark Knight Rises debuts this summer.

Topping the list this year is another topical upcoming movie character, Smaug, the red-gold dragon who will be seen in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films.  According to the number crunchers at Forbes, Smaug rests his armored belly on a bed made up of $62 billion worth of gold, priceless Elvish armor, and other baubles.

Here's Forbes magazine's ranking of its "Fictional 15":

1. Smaug
Worth: $62 Billion
Sources: Marauding
Residence: The Lonely Mountain, Middle-Earth
Claim to fame: terrorizing same, hoarding gold.

2. Flintheart Glomgold
Worth: $51.9 Billion
Source: Mining, Theft
Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa
Claim to fame: Stole the title of "world's richest duck" from archnemesis Scrooge McDuck after winning an "around the world" race.

3. Carlisle Cullen
Worth: $36.3 Billion
Source: Compound Interest, Investments
Residence: Forks, Wash.
Claim to fame: 371 year-old small-town doctor and immortal vampire from the Twilight series.

4. Jed Clampett
Worth: $9.8 Billion
Source: Oil & Gas
Residence: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Claim to fame: a stray shot while out hunting led to the discovery of an underground well of "Texas tea," the establishment of Clampett Oil, and a move to the 90210 zip code.

5. Tony Stark
Worth:  $9.3 Billion
Source: Defense
Residence: Malibu, Calif.
Claim to fame: former CEO of Stark Enterprises; genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist, and the guy who wears Iron Man's armored suit.

6. Richie Rich
Worth: $8.9 Billion
Source: Inheritance, Conglomerates
Residence: Richville, U.S.
Claim to fame: rich cartoon character who looks strangely like a living version of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

7. Charles Foster Kane
Worth: $8.3 Billion
Source: Media
Residence: Xanadu, FLA.
Claim to fame: sled-seeking mogul from Citizen Kane.

8. Bruce Wayne
Worth: $6.9 Billion
Source: Inheritance, Defense
Residence: Gotham City
Claim to fame: brooding billionaire and the secret identity of Batman.

9. Forrest Gump
Worth: $5.7 Billion
Source: Apple Inc.
Residence: Greenbow, Ala.
Claim to fame: unlikely Vietnam War hero who met multiple presidents; ping pong champion, ground floor Apple investor, invented the sport of jogging and the "have a nice day" smiley face.

10. Mr. Monopoly
Worth: $2.5 Billion
Source: Real Estate
Residence: Atlantic City, N.J.
Real name: Rich Uncle Pennybags
Claim to fame: Rode a tiny iron past Baltic Avenue and went straight to Boardwalk while "Passing Go" several thousand times.

11. Lisbeth Salander
Worth: $2.4 Billion
Source: Computer Hacking
Residence: Stockholm, Sweeden
Claim to fame: Goth hacking vigilante hero from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

12. Tywin Lannister
Worth: $2.1 Billion
Source: Inheritance
Residence: Lannisport
Claim to fame: The Lord of Casterly Rock from Game of Thrones.

13. C. Montgomery Burns
Worth: $1.3 Billion
Source: Energy
Residence: Springfield
Claim to fame: The super-villain owner of Springfield Nuclear Power Plant on The Simpsons, holder of Social Security number 000-00-0002.

14. Robert Crawley
Worth: $1.1 Billion
Source: Inheritance, Marriage
Residence: Downton England
Claim to Fame: Can be seen sipping tea and taking names on the starched shirt hit Downton Abbey.

15. Jo Bennett
Worth: $1 Billion
Source: Electronics, Inheritance
Residence: Tallahassee, Fla.
Claim to fame: Played by Kathy Bates in The Office, Bennett was the ex-CEO of office equipment manufacturer Sabre, which acquired paper concern Dunder-Mifflin.

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"Batman" Star Adam West Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Adam West of TV’s Batman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. 

The 83-year-old was honored with the 2,468th star on the walk of fame.  His star is located in front of the Guinness Museum in Hollywood.  West holds the Guinness world record for the most screen appearances as Batman, 156.

He told the assembled crowd he was honored and appreciated the moment.

West is still working after more than five decades in Hollywood.  He currently provides the voice of the mayor on TV’s Family Guy.  The show’s creator, Seth McFarlane, attended the walk of fame ceremony and told West he will still be active years from now. 

McFarlane told West, “It is my hope that at age 110, I will see you at Family Guy conventions, signing autographs for a whole new generation of loners and psychopaths."

Batman aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968.  No word if the Cape Crusader’s boy wonder, Robin, was on hand for the event.

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Is There a Language Barrier for Batman Villain Bane?

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Although anticipation for Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, hit a fever pitch over the weekend with the official release of the movie's full trailer, one criticism seems to be rising: people are having a hard time understanding the movie's villain.

Bane is a fearsome foe for Christian Bale's Batman, but it's his breath mask that's apparently striking fear into the hearts of some Warner Bros. execs.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans are blogging that British Bane actor Tom Hardy can hardly be heard behind Bane's breath mask, through which he inhales a strength-giving gas.

While Bane speaks a single line in the trailer, the issue was more apparent during the dialog-heavy six minute prologue some fans saw before Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol in IMAX last week.  One source close to the movie is reportedly "scared to death" about the situation, the trade notes, and worried that Nolan has enough pull at the studio that execs can't force him to make any changes.  He might tweak the sound mix somewhat, but do nothing radical to Bane's voice, which is also further muddled by the actor's -- and character's -- accent.

"Chris...doesn't dumb things down," an executive tells the trade.

The Dark Knight Rises opens in the summer of 2012.

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Christian Bale Done Playing Batman

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christian Bale is hanging up his Batman cape for good.

Bale says the upcoming Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises will mark the third and final time he will play the superhero.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer published Friday, Bale said, "I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off," referring to Batman's hood.

He then declared that for him and director Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises is "the end of that Batman era."

He says playing Bruce Wayne/Batman was an "enjoyable" experience.

The Dark Knight Rises opens next summer.

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Will Occupy Wall Street Protest Be Featured in 'The Dark Knight Rises'?

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Occupy Wall Street protest could occupy a spot in the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

Production on the sequel will move to New York at the end of the month and, according to The Los Angeles Times, cast members have been told some scenes could be shot at the site of the Manhattan protest.

However, it's not likely that the protest will figure into the film's plot; the protestors will instead have a background role.

The Dark Knight Rises, again starring Christian Bale as Batman, will debut next summer.

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