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They picked a hell of a time to kill off a hero. Recession stalks the global economy. Woolworths has gone into administration. And Kilroy has just escaped from the jungle.

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Who is the baddest Batman villain of them all?

Ka-pow! Batman is smashing Hollywood box-office records this weekend with his new film, 'The Dark Knight'. But the real star is the psychotic Joker, played by Heath Ledger in his last role before his death from a drugs overdose. The baddies often outclass the Bat, says Cole Moreton. But is this nasty Joker the best villain of the lot?

Christian Bale: Dark Knight laid bare

The latest Batman is tough and brooding &ndash; just like the actor behind the mask. Gill Pringle meets Christian Bale

Consortiums to splash out &#163;5bn in UK's big Coastguard sell-off

Britain's coastal search and rescue operations up for grabs in Government's controversial sale of public services

Will Superman be outed?

Is it a plane? Is it a bird? No, say gay pundits, we're pretty sure he's one of ours

The wisdom of King Giorgio

She's the bright young star breaking all the rules. He's the grand master whose influence on the way we dress is felt around the world. In a rare interview, STELLA McCARTNEY asks Giorgio Armani about fur, fashion and film - and why RED is his new favourite colour

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