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A costume partly inspired by Marilyn Manson may be the most spectacular super-villain get-up ever seen in the movies. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who dressed up as superhero Red Mist in Kick-Ass, has ventured to the dark side in the upcoming sequel and is inspired to take on the evil pseudonym The Mother F%&*^r by donning S&M gear he discovers hidden inside his dead father's gun case. Costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ says it was the most complex costume to create out of the dozens made for the action thriller: “We played around with the texture and the zips. The idea was to not have a cross-dressing feel. When he first puts on the underwear and holds the guns, oddly he didn't look that bad. We looked at people who dressed up in that hardcore rock look – Marilyn Manson, My Chemical Romance and the guys from Green Day – and tried to mix it with S&M gear in a way that tried to make it look like a superhero.”

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Holy bus pass, Batman! They’re looking for a new grey crusader...

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Left to right: Alicia Silverstone, Chris O'Donnell and George Clooney in 'Batman & Robin'

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Video: Benedict Wong

Watch the videos below to view previews and trailers for some of the projects Benedict Wong's recent projects.

Video: Benedict Wong

Watch the videos below to view previews and trailers for some of the projects Benedict Wong's recent projects.

Video: Benedict Wong

Watch the videos below to view previews and trailers for some of the projects Benedict Wong's recent projects.

The Saturday Quiz answers

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Skyfall was released in October 2012 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise, but which 007 outing was released for its 40th anniversary in 2002?

Skyfall's the limit as James Bond becomes biggest earner in UK cinema history

James Bond has broken box office records after Skyfall took in £103 million to become the biggest earner in UK cinema history.

The Simpsons are next year to appear in an episode of fellow cartoon, Family Guy

We meet at last: the TV and film characters getting better acquainted in the world of fictional crossovers

It's not just Superman and Batman. Fictional crossovers are all the rage, and a safe bet to boot

<p><strong>Batman</strong></p>
<p>Batman was first created by DC Comics in 1939 before being made into a 15-part film series in 1943. A film franchise based on the popular superhero began in 1989 with Tim Burton directing the first two titles <em>Batman</em> and <em>Batman Returns</em>. Christopher Nolan took over directing The Dark Knight series in 2005.</p>
<p>The latest Batman instalment, <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, took $1.1 billion in international box office sales. </p>

Christian Bale says his Batman days are over

Dark Knight star Christian Bale is planning to hand over his Batman cape and says he won’t appear in the upcoming DC superhero film Justice League.

Superman and his “family” from a 1962 annual

Review: The Silver Age of DC Comics, By Paul Levitz

With superheroes nearly extinct at the start of the 1950s, DC Comics made them central to modern popular culture once more by infusing them with science fiction elements and including ever-more fantastic tales. The results delivered the first-ever “reboot” of Golden Age greats with the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman as well as the hit television show Batman. The Silver Age of DC Comics chronicles it all, right down to the wacky shenanigans of the small-screen Batman, which made him the embodiment of the camp sensibility of the Sixties.

The Clark knight: Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder’s superhero adventure ‘Man of Steel’

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But the new Superman is still trailing behind fellow box office superhero Iron Man 3 which holds the record for the biggest-opening this year

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