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Before the Dark Knight Rises, A Look Back at the Disastrous 'Batman and Robin'

Christian Bale in 'The Dark Knight Rises'/Image © 2012 Warner Bros.
Christian Bale in 'The Dark Knight Rises'/Image © 2012 Warner Bros.

Every time  a new Batman movie comes out, the world braces itself for possible disaster. Why is that? Three little words: "Batman and Robin," a notorious film in which too much of a good thing simply became too much. Someone on Reddit managed to excavate this small behind-the-scenes documentary in which the cast and crew (including director Joel Schumacher) pick through the wreckage, explaining what went wrong. (Hint: Toy manufacturers were involved from day one.)

The Photoshop enthusiasts over at SomethingAwful have concocted slightly downgraded versions of literary classics (here's part II). For example, Catch-22 becomes merely Catch-2 ... or maybe even just Catch. Anyhow, it's an enjoyable peek into a somewhat sub-par parallel universe.

Speaking of really bad movies, do you recall a little horror franchise based on the film "Leprechaun"? (Jennifer Aniston would prefer that you forgot it forever.) It seems to have died out after the fifth film, "Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood," but it seems that we can look forward to a reboot in 2013, courtesy of Lionsgate and WWE. Coming soon to a really bad movie night near you!

A lot of what we consider to be brilliant original writing is either "inspired" by (or outright cribbed from) lesser-known works.  Jonathan Lethem  ponders this very phenomenon over at Harper's, meditating on plagiarism, cryptomnesia, appropriation, and other forms of gentle theft. He whips out a great quote from "The Simpsons" on the subject: "You take away our right to steal ideas, where are they going to come from?"

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