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Affleck gets the bat signal

Ben Affleck will don Batman’s cape and cowl.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together. The studio says Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman from “Man of Steel.” The movie will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

Production is expected to begin in 2014, and the as-yet-untitled film is set for release July 17, 2015.

Who do you think is the best movie Batman?

Neely: Don’t Blame Journalists

I’ve glimpsed on Facebook these last two weeks the occasional pledge to boycott news organizations that make any mention of the Aurora, Colo., shooter’s name. This impulse appears driven by compassion and sensitivity to victims’ families. And yet it’s all wrong. Here’s why: It is during life’s most difficult and traumatic events that we need the power of journalism most. At the beginning of a major tragedy, we overcome the anxiety generated by rumor and conjecture by gleaning facts that not only define the scope of the event, but also provide its reassuring limitations. When my husband and I watched early news reports of the Aurora shooting, we were riveted by video of the former University of Colorado student’s apartment complex. At first, the newscast wasn’t clear about the exact location of the building, which eerily resembled the brick UC apartments where our daughter and son-in-law live this summer. If that image had simply popped up in the swirl of random Facebook posts and tweets, our anxiety would likely have accelerated. Instead, journalists soon clarified that the apartment complex was located in Aurora near CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus, not CU-Boulder where our family members live/Jamie Tobias Neely, SR. More here.

Question: Do you ever blame journalists for coverage of senseless tragedies, like Aurora?

Hollywood Skirts Massacre Blame

There seems to be very little of the blame-it-on-Hollywood backlash in the wake of the Colorado theater massacre that so often occurs when people struggle to make sense of a senseless, violent act. Many agree that you simply can't hold the art form itself responsible in the shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured at a packed midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The alleged shooter, 24-year-old James Holmes, appeared in court Monday for the first time since the bloody attack of early Friday morning. While his hair was dyed the kind of bright, orange-red shade you might see in a comic book, authorities say it could take months to determine a motive. Still, the film industry seems to recognize the potential for scrutiny and has shown sensitivity in response to the tragedy, if not some defensiveness/CBS Money Watch. More here. (AP photo from “Dark Knight Rises”)

Question: Does Hollywood deserve any of the blame for the Aurora massacre?

Batman To Show At Riverstone?

Batman impersonator Danny Lopez, 24, from Los Angeles, left, poses with fans in front of a vehicle featured in the film, known as a Tumbler, ahead of today's opening for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, outside the AMC Cinemas at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, Calif., earlier today. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

For those keeping score at home, Huckleberries hears that … Lenny Robinson, AKA Batman (who appeared in the Fourth of July Parade) is still in Coeur d'Alene and intends to drive his Batmobile to the Riverstone theater sometime between 9 and 10 this evening to greet the movie goers attending the opening of the movie Dark Knight Rises.”

Question: Do you plan to see “The Dark Knight Rises”?

1st Batman Comic Book Sells For $493K

In this photo released by Heritage House Auctions, a copy of “Detective Comics #27” with the first appearance of Batman is shown. Originally purchased by a 13-year old Robert Irwin in 1939 for 10 cents, the comic was sold to an anonymous collector for $492,937 today by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)

Question: Which comic books did you collect as a kid?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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