Arts and Entertainment For those who have argued, 'who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?', Hollywood hopes to have an answer by 2015

Batman v Superman director Zach Snyder will have talks in the next few days with the man who first pitched the two superheroes against each other in an iconic comic book tale 30 years ago.

DVD: The Dark Knight (12)

Christian Bale returns as our hero, intent on cleaning up the mean streets of Gotham in the biggest-grossing film of the year.

Preview: Frightfest, Odeon West End, London

This year's Film4 FrightFest opens with the world premiere of the British "hoodie horror" Eden Lake, starring Kelly Reilly. It's one of 27 new horror films being shown over five days, including the French film Martyrs, about a young woman who goes on a killing spree, and the Japanese flick Tokyo Gore Police, an outlandish bloodbath directed by the special-effects guru Yoshihiro Nishimura.

The Dark Knight (12A)

Long gone are the camp portrayals of Batman and his various enemies – Heath Ledger's terrifying Joker is way too dark for the kids

The Dark Knight, Odeon, Leicester Square, London

Sadistic realism parallels our troubled times

The Dark Knight: the legacy of Heath Ledger

The Australian actor's death deprived Hollywood of one of its brightest young stars. But his performance as The Joker in the new Batman film suggests he was saving his best for last. David Usborne reports on an unlikely candidate for success at the Oscars

The Dark Knight of Ledger's soul

Heath Ledger — who died as the result of an accidental prescription drug cocktail in January — was something of a self-taught "method" actor, immersing himself in his roles. It was a habit he picked up from his Oscar-nominated break-through role as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain, and an approach he continued through parts as diverse as a drug-addicted artist in Candy, the villainous Joker in The Dark Knight and even a circus performer in Doctor Parnassus.

Alex James: The Great Escape

I'd forgotten that moving to the country was such a gamble. When we left London three years ago, I really thought my life might be over. My band was disintegrating. I'd just stopped drinking and shagging so I could get married, and that shed a layer of boozy mates and girlfriends. My handful of close friends and favourite girlfriends could cope with my sobriety, but most of them never forgave me for getting married.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Actuaries put to shame as staying in equities saves BT pension scheme from catastrophe

Productivity: don't blame planning laws; Insider trading: an intractable problem

John Walsh: Tales of the City

'Is the Kremlin, that off-puttingly bleak and spiky fortress, really anyone's idea of something wonderful?'

Insomnia (15)

Edge of darkness

Guy Pearce: It's 800,000 years in the future and look who's here...

Guy Pearce, star of soap and screen, talks to James Mottram about life in 'The Time Machine'

Einstein memento returned

A piece of blackboard bearing Albert Einstein's signature is to be restored to pride of place at Manchester University, 35 years after it was dumped in a cellar.

Glossary: Let gravestones tell their stories

THE INDEPENDENT's offices are located next to a graveyard, the Nonconformist burial ground of Bunhill Fields, just outside the City of London boundaries. Bunyan, Defoe and Blake are buried here, alongside Isaac Watts, the composer of hymns, and a scattering of minor Cromwells.
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The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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Flogging vlogging

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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

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When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible