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8/10/2011 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Batman is SUPPOSED to be a master of all things mechanical -- but last weekend in Toronto, some bat-impostor ruined the Dark Knight's good reputation ... when his replica Batmobile overheated on the side of the road.

Law enforcement tells TMZ, it wasn't the REAL Batman -- though the man's receding hairline bears a striking resemblance to Michael Keaton -- it was some Canadian superfan with a lot of time on his hands.

Where's Alfred when you need him?

Danny DeVito

Talks Penguin Replacement

5/12/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With a new "Batman" movie in the works -- Danny DeVito already has a great suggestion about who should resurrect his famous Penguin role ... somebody who's a total punk.

Danny -- along with his wife Rhea Perlman and his "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" co-star Charlie Day -- were leaving dinner in Beverly Hills last night when they fired off a list of possible Oswald Cobblepot contenders ... before settling on the "perfect" guy.

We also asked Danny how he enjoyed that Deadmau5 show at Coachella -- and he said with a smirk, "I always enjoy Coachella."

Alleged 'Catwoman' Thief Pleads Not Guilty

12/10/2009 12:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alleged 'Catwoman' Thief Pleads Not GuiltyRobert Ouriel -- the guy accused of robbing the actress famous for playing Catwoman -- just pled not guilty to grand theft.

Ouriel was recently arrested for allegedly stealing $25,000 worth of jewelry from Julie Newmar back in 2008.

The case was busted wide open when Newmar -- a crime fighter in her own right -- saw the stolen items on eBay and notified police ... who were able to track them back to Ouriel.

If convicted, Ouriel -- a former acquaintance of Newmar -- faces up to 3 years in prison.

'Catwoman' Actress Busts Alleged Jewel Thief

12/9/2009 8:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Catwoman' Actress Busts Alleged Jewel ThiefCatwoman is now a crime fighter ... or at least the woman who played Catwoman is.

Cops apprehended a man suspected of stealing $25,000 worth of jewelry from Julie Newmar's home back in 2008 -- and authorities say the actress is responsible for cracking the case.

According to law enforcement sources, 76-year-old Newmar -- who played Catwoman on the old "Batman" TV show -- was trolling through the Internet recently, when she "discovered the items for sale on Ebay."

Authorities say they were able to track the items back to a man named Robert Ouriel -- a former acquaintance of Newmar. Ouriel was eventually arrested and charged with grand theft -- if convicted he faces up to 3 years in prison.

The lesson: You mess with the kitty, you get the claws.

Catwoman & Batman: Old Friends

10/20/2009 4:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Holy time warp, Batman!

Julie Newmar and Adam West

Julie Newmar, 76, and Adam West, 81 -- the original Catwoman and Batman from the campy '60s TV series -- came out of their bat caves and joined forces in Gotham this weekend.

The sight of the dynamic duo together is utterly stunning.

Philip Rivers Is Batman!?

10/7/2009 1:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here is Philip Rivers of the San Diego Super Chargers (left) -- and Adam West (right) who is best known for playing Batman back in the '60s.

Phillip Rivers Adam West

One of them lives in a cave and secretly wears tights.

We're just sayin'.

Batman #4 Schools Batman #7 on People Skills

2/2/2009 6:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Not every Batman is a raging, angry lunatic -- in fact, the caped crusader who launched the movie franchise, Michael Keaton, was the coolest cat ever when almost every person at the Tampa airport approached him for a picture.

Michael Keaton: Click to watch

FYI -- Here's the list: Wilson, Lowery, West, Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Bale

"Dark Knight" -- Too Spicy for China

12/26/2008 3:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seems everyone in the world has seen "The Dark Knight" –- everyone except about a billion Chinese folks.

That's because "DK" hasn't been released by Warner Bros. in mainland China, reports the Huffington Post, because of "prerelease conditions" and "cultural sensitivities." There's a scene that takes place in Hong Kong where Batman corrals a gangster, and another involving a famous actor who got caught up in a sex-pic scandal, and those scenes may have worried the studio.

Of course, as HuffPost points out, bootlegs have been available for months in China.

Christian Bale: "Batman" is Gonna Bite It!

7/14/2008 7:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mob that smothered Christian Bale in NYC had a laugh when he gave his prediction for how "Batman" was gonna perform.

Accident Kills "Dark Knight" Crew Member

9/25/2007 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A special effects technician was killed Monday in an accident during London production of the latest Batman film "The Dark Knight."

Warner Bros. said the unidentified crew member died when a truck carrying a camera platform crashed into a tree while following a stunt vehicle. Filming on the movie was not taking place at the time, and no actors were involved in the accident.

The studio issued a statement saying the producers, cast and crew "are deeply saddened by this tragedy and their hearts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased."

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