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Batman VS Batman: Which Actor Played Him Best?

People used to say comic books were just for
kids, but these days, playing a superhero on the big screen is an actor’s fastest
way to superstardom. There aren’t many heroes more beloved than Batman, set to go from a
movie superhero to a Justice League universe star.. But not every actor to put on Batman’s
cowl ended up a hit – and one of the most influential men to tackle the role never appeared
on film at all. Everyone has their favorites so make sure you let us know yours in the
comments below! Here is Screen Rant’s look at Batman: The Actors Who Played Him Best. Adam West Not every version of Bruce Wayne is shrouded
in darkness, but Adam West’s starring role in the original 1960s Batman TV show wasn’t
just campy – it was more profitable and popular than even modern superhero films could
hope for. After comics declined during the 1950s, West’s technicolor take on the hero
had entire families glued to their TV sets. As parents watched the insane hijinx of West’s
caped crusader and the zany villains with a smirk, the kids took every threat and villain
completely seriously – just like the show’s hero. In a time when superheroes were anything
but cool, West didn’t just have to take part in absurd storylines, but couldn’t be in on
the joke himself – and the fans loved him for it. How many modern comedy stars could
learn a lesson from that? Michael Keaton Two decades after West hung up the cape, comic
fans thought Tim Burton and Michael Keaton were giving them another dose of camp with
1989’s Batman. Instead, they created a version of Batman who was funny AND terrifying. Even
if he was better known for his comedy chops, Keaton perfectly captured the tortured, isolated
side of Bruce Wayne, but was playful enough to make the movie fun, not grim. Jack Nicholson’s
Joker gave him a towering villain to match, and even without Robin by his side, Keaton
was the first actor to win a Bat-sequel. Comic fans had sent 50,000 protest letters to the
studio when he was cast, but it was Keaton who got the last laugh, remembered as THE
definitive Batman for entire generations. Val Kilmer Burton and Keaton were impossible acts to
follow, but director Joel Schumacher and star Val Kilmer tried their best. With Batman Forever,
most of the twisted humor turned into out of place, cheesy gags, and most fans gave
up hope after one look at the Batsuit’s new nipples. Kilmer apparently butted heads with
the crew and director on set, but critics agreed that his playboy persona was as Bruce
Wayne was convincing. In fact, Batman creator Bob Kane said Kilmer was the closest he’d
seen any actor come to his own idea of the superhero. In the end, the movie’s villains
were more memorable than the hero, and Kilmer showed that playing Batman on film relied
on a lot more than brooding and a rubber suit. George Clooney After Val Kilmer passed on Batman & Robin,
the studio turned to the one actor who embodied Bruce Wayne’s charm and good looks more than
any man on the planet. George Clooney’s casting made sense – landing the part right before
he became a Hollywood icon – but trying to recreate the camp of the ’60s TV show,
but making sure Batman and Robin were in on every joke – was a total failure. Clooney’s
dialogue, action and villains might be “so bad it’s good,” but the actor has publicly
regretted the film ever since, even apologizing to fans for ruining the Batman movie series.
He doesn’t deserve all the blame, since there’s no denying that Clooney is as close
as an actor can get to the super-rich ladies man comic fans have loved for decades. Christian Bale By 2005, it wasn’t just comic fans who wanted
to see Batman to be taken seriously, but movie audiences everywhere. Director Christopher
Nolan’s Batman Begins introduced a darker, more realistic version of Bruce Wayne than
any seen before, and Christian Bale was the only man able to bring the character to life.
Training in martial arts and packing on muscle to make sure he looked the part of a superhero,
Bale tapped into the darker, angrier side of the hero that no other actor had even tried
to touch. He still had a sense of humor, but it was the drama and tension that helped the
sequel cross the billion dollar mark at the box office. Fans can debate the tone, the
villains, and Bale’s one of a kind Batvoice, but the actor’s trilogy of performances
mean for millions, he’ll always be The Batman. Kevin Conroy Who says you need to be seen to make your
mark on the Dark Knight? Looking back, it’s hard to believe Warner Bros. was on board
with a cartoon aimed at an adult audience, even choosing a film noir-influenced art style
for Batman: The Animated Series. But the writers made sure the stories were polished, and actor
Kevin Conroy provided a voice for Batman that no fan will ever forget. It was Conroy who
realized that Bruce Wayne should be the performance, not Batman, and his voices for each character
were an instant hit. The actor became the go-to voice of Batman in animated TV, movies,
and the award-winning Arkham game series. To this day, the cartoon is hailed as one
of the greatest Batman properties ever created, and with more than two decades voicing the
hero, it’s safe to say Conroy’s place in Batman history is guaranteed. Which of these Batman actors do YOU think
will stand the test of time? Do the directors and supporting cast deserve some of the credit,
or did one of these actor’s nail the part better than any other? Share your own favorites
in our comment section below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and check out
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  3. Robert Moxley Author

    Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck are the best movie Batman's. Val Kilmer was an ok Batman. George Clooney was a crappy Batman. Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson are the best Joker's.

  4. Road 35 Author

    Micheal Keaton was the best because he first brought the dark knight to the screen.
    Christian Bale was the second best.
    Ben Affleck was third.

  5. SteveTKO Author

    Christian Bale Batman was amazing but I wasn't impressed with his Bruce Wayne. I actually prefer Cloony or Ben's Bruce wayne. I didn't feel connected when Bale played as Wayne. No personality, charisma it felt like he was just reading a script. The problem is his Batman was so good that you didnt care that his Wayne was just average

  6. 1980 Productions Author

    Christian Bale was the best Batman, hands down. The Dark Knight was the greatest movie in DC history. But would it have been as good without Heath Ledger as the Joker?


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