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Sen. Leahy on latest ‘Batman’ movie: ‘Best of the three’

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCongress should build on the momentum from spending bill Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg grilled by lawmakers over data scandal | What we learned from marathon hearing | Facebook hit with class action lawsuit | Twitter endorses political ad disclosure bill | Uber buys bike share Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg faces grilling in marathon hearing | What we learned from Facebook chief | Dems press Ryan to help get Russia hacking records | Top Trump security adviser resigning MORE is giving two thumbs up to the latest “Batman” movie — and not just because he’s in it (we think).

The Vermont Democrat and big-time Caped Crusader fan got a sneak peek of “The Dark Knight Rises” at an advance screening Sunday in his home state and says he “Loved it.” The flick, which hits theaters Friday, is the last installment in the three-part series starring actor Christian Bale.

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The 72-year-old Batman-aholic has appeared in three other of the franchise’s flicks, and continued his “Batman” streak by shooting a cameo for the latest film. Luckily, Leahy says his scene didn’t wind up on any cutting-room floors — confirming to ITK that he does, indeed, pop up in the final version of the movie.

When asked how “The Dark Knight Rises” compares to the first two “Batman” films in director Christopher Nolan’s trifecta, the unlikely big-screen star beamed, “I liked it the best of the three.”