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Batman Pulled Over For Traffic Violation

It was only a couple days ago that we showed you a video of Batman cruising in his 'Batmobile' (but really a black Lamborghini) on I-95 in Silver Spring, Maryland. What we didn't see later is the same Batman getting pulled over by Montgomery Country police because of an improper rear license plate. Turns out the bat symbol isn't a street legal plate.

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Batman Spotted Driving a Lamborghini, Being Awesome

It makes sense that a billionaire like Bruce Wayne would have an expensive taste in motor vehicles. But it isn't every day that you get to see his alter-ego, Batman, cruising around in his Lamborghini. Perhaps his Batmobile was in the shop.

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Which Batmobile Would Win In a Race?

There are many important questions in life. Why are we here? What's life all about?

If the 1989 Batmobile and the 1966 Batmobile got in a race, who would win? Now, we have an answer.

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Brazilian Batman Is the Hero the World Needs

Criminals in Brazil don't just have to watch out for the cops -- now they need to check over their shoulders for Batman, too.

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Batman Snuggie Will Keep You Warm and Looking Like a Superhero

Looking for a stylish way to keep warm? Then consider the Batman Snuggie, which allows couch potatoes to masquerade as the Caped Crusader himself. Pretty cool, but, unfortunately, it doesn't make Snuggies any less dorky.

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2. Fans Voted to Kill Off Robin — Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

Comic book heroes and villains die and come back to life often, but only one death was dictated entirely by the fans. Robin has died and been replaced several times throughout the series, but in 1988, Jason “Robin” Todd’s fate was left in the hands of his supposed fans.

The “Death in the Family” storyline featured Robin finding his birth mother in Ethopia only to discover that she had turned him over to The Joker. Both ended up being tied up in a warehouse set to explode unless Batman could save them. The cliffhanger inspired DC Comics to set up a toll-free hotline and ask the readers to call in and vote on whether or not the Boy Wonder would make it out of the warehouse alive.

The fans voted 5,343 to 5,271 to put the Boy Wonder down, and so he died in the next issue. However, Todd returned in 2005's 'Under the Hood' story arc as the Red Hood in order to seek bloody revenge against The Joker.

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3. Frank Sinatra Wanted to Play The Joker on the TV Show — Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

The world of Batman officially became a cultural touchstone when it leapt off the page and became a massive television hit in the 1960s. Not only did Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) become overnight celebrities, but the villains who got in on the act are also remembered and revered for their work on the campy superhero show. Singer Frank Sinatra reportedly wanted to be Batman’s main foe but the role had already gone to Cesar Romero, a rumor that was confirmed by Ward years later in an interview. “From what I understand," Ward said, "Frank Sinatra was very upset because he couldn’t play The Joker.”

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4. Conan O’Brien Tried to Steal Robin’s Costume in College — Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

The Harvard Lampoon is well known for their on-campus pranks and one of their most famous capers involved Burt Ward’s infamous tights. Ward was invited to speak at Harvard in the 1980s, mostly as a prank by some students to see if the staff would go for it. Ward accepted and spoke before a student body of 250 students and as a special surprise, he also brought the costume he wore on the TV show on a mannequin.

O’Brien, then a student at Harvard and a staff member on the Lampoon, masterminded a plan to steal the costume during the speech by dressing up as security guards pretending to guard the outfit. The Lampoon crew turned off the lights in the middle of Ward’s speech and sent in a large man dressed as the Penguin to pose this riddle to Ward: “When is a security guard not a security guard?” At that point, the fake security guards grabbed the costume and ran for the exit.

Peter Sagal, one of the freshmen who helped organize Ward’s visit and now the host of the NPR quiz show ‘Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me,' tried to stop them from leaving with the suit but the Lampoon crew made off with the Robin costume. The students prank-called Ward for hours afterwards pretending to be Batman villains, but Ward was a good sport and would answer in Robin-speak, saying, “return it or you will feel my wrath!” Eventually, the costume was returned to him safe and sound.

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5. NBC Wanted to Take Over ‘Batman,’ But ABC Dismantled the Bat Cave — Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

'Batman' only lasted three seasons after the novelty wore off and ABC decided to cancel the campy series. However, there was a chance that another network might be interested in picking up the show, so ABC kept the iconic set in place as they waited for offers. A couple of weeks passed and no offers materialized, so the network ordered that Batman’s “Bat Cave” and other sets be demolished to make way for another show.

Just as the crew finished taking the set apart, NBC submitted an offer to take over the show for another season. Unfortunately, the sets had been destroyed and the Bat Cave alone would cost $800,000 to rebuild, so NBC rescinded the offer.

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8. The ‘Gay Batman and Robin’ Rumor’ Came From a Psychologist Bent on Destroying Comics — Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

Any pop culture property that involves two men or women living together for an extended period of time seems to automatically attract theories about a homosexual relationship. The questions about the Dynamic Duo’s “questionable” relationship actually date back to one man: Dr. Fredric Wertham.

In the 1950s, the psychologist was to comic books what Jack Thompson is to video games. Wertham led a massive crusade to regulate and outright ban horror, crime and adventure comic books by publishing 'Seduction of the Innocent,’ a scathing “scientific” review of these titles and the effect they had on juvenile delinquency and indecency. The book led to a Congressional inquiry on the comic book industry and the formation of the Comics Code ratings system, regulations which ran many publishers out of business.

Wertham claimed that the Dynamic Duo were secretly homosexuals because of the therapy work he did in his New York clinic with “sexually maladjusted individuals” who often read 'Batman' comics and expressed sexual and romantic feelings towards The Caped Crusader. He was led to believe that Batman and Robin’s relationship exhibited some kind of “adolescent-with-adult or Ganymede/Zeus type of love relationship.”

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9. Batman, Turkey Threatened to Sue ‘The Dark Knight’ – Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

Christopher Nolan’s brilliant revival of the Batman film series after the dismal releases of Joel Schumacher’s ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman & Robin’ breathed new life into a movie hero that most thought would never again see the light of day (or the dark of night). It also attracted threats of an interesting lawsuit.

The mayor of Batman, Turkey threatened to sue Nolan and Warner Bros. for infringing on the royalties of his city’s name. The sad part is that the mayor claimed the films were also the cause of several unsolved murders and female suicides. Unfortunately for fans of towns with odd names, the lawsuit was never filed.

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10. It Would Cost $300 Million to Become Batman — Things You Didn’t Know About Batman

Amateur vigilantes aren’t just limited to the big screen. In fact, major cities all over the world have costumed vigilantes roaming the streets. Becoming as well-equipped and trained as Batman, however, costs more than a ski-mask and a set of hockey pads.

The book 'Batman Unauthorized' examined exactly what it would cost to develop and carry all the gadgets and goodies that Batman uses. Turns out, the total came out to around $300 million. (Though other figures put the total at around $700 million.) That includes $3.5 million to convert a bomb shelter into a Bat Cave and $2 million to turn a Cadillac Sixteen into a 32-valve, V-16 1,000 horsepower Batmobile.

And that's before adding all of the defensive options to the Batmobile (or Bat Tumbler) such as rear smokescreen shooters and missile launchers and a Kevlar infused, custom molded Batsuit for at least $45,000. So unless you inherit a vast estate from your late parents, it's safe to say you'll be sticking with your homemade tights and mask.

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Watch Toronto’s Batman Freak Out Pedestrians

Batman will generally only don his bat-suit when there is crime that needs to be fought. However, there is another caped crusader -- Toronto Batman -- who has no problem slipping into the iconic costume just because he wants to enjoy a night on the town.

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The Dark Knight Is Now a Dark Potato Head [PHOTO]

We know that vegetables are good for us, but now one of them could save our lives. Who knew a potato could be heroic? The peeps at PPW Toys did, that’s who. And now they've created the Batman Mr. Potato Head.

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Batman and Robin Cuddle Critter Cape Is Perfect for Your Adorable Dynamic Duo [PHOTOS]

While director Christopher Nolan's dark vision has given Batman a very adult feel, the Caped Crusader is still a comic book character, and one that also appeals to children.

Well, actually, the infants that the Batman and Robin crocheded cuddle critter cape set are intended for probably are too young to appreciate Batman and his "boy wonder" sidekick. But they will still look mighty cute dressed up in the iconic costumes, the patterns for which are available on Esty for $5.95.

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