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When Mark Ruffalo won his role as the Incredible Hulk for this month's mega-blockbuster Avengers Assemble, he made one fatal mistake: trawling the internet for reactions. Comic-book fans – particularly those obsessed with the Marvel superhero universe – can be an unforgiving bunch. "It was pretty brutal," he laughs. "It definitely hurt my feelings and scared me." How could it not? Insults ranged from "Ruffalo is a tool" to "That guy is barely awake. How is he going to be pissed off as the Hulk?"

Video: Batman pulled over by police

Police in the US pulled over a motorist dressed as Batman, but the caped crusader escaped - legally - without a ticket.

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Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his fifth goal of the night as Barcelona thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1. The diminutive Argentine made history, becoming the first player to score five goals in a Champions League fixture and taking his season’s tally to 53 in 49 games for club and country.

Lifting the lid on Leo, Barça's most reluctant superstar

'Normal' off the pitch, a genius on it, club's new record scorer has changed little. But will it always be this rosy? By Pete Jenson

Hungry for a hat-trick: Lionel Messi celebrates one of his record-breaking Barça goals on Tuesday

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Michael Shannon

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Jerry Robinson: Comic book artist whose most famous creation was The Joker

A central figure in the so-called Golden Age of comic books, Jerry Robinson, who has died aged 89, was perhaps best known as the creator of The Joker, probably the best known villain in comics history.

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