When you were younger and used to run around the house pretending to be superheroes, one of coolest characters to try and be was Batman. The Dark Knight is seemingly able to get out of any situation with a cool gadget and always remains in peak physical condition. Plus, he's just a normal man! None of this crazy Kyptonian blood getting all up in his business so at the very least, it was totally realistic to think that you could grow up and become Batman. And, hey, it's never too late, right?
While being Batman may have been a dream of a younger version of me, the opportunity to be Batman on film is a very real opportunity that many actors have been given. This is clearly an opportunity that should be handled with caution, which makes some of the decisions of the past all the more questionable. While some have succeeded in the role, others fumbled with it, making their bat-nipples more memorable than anything else that came from it.
Thankfully, there are actors who took the role of Batman and helped solidify why the character really is so unbelievably cool. DC should be thankful too or else they would really be struggling to find a superhero to put on the big screen. This list includes some voice over actors, because the animated series is well deserving of some love. It also includes one surprise celebrity who was rumored to be The Dark Knight nearly 20 years ago.
Whether you agree or disagree, here are the 10 actors that have played Batman to varying degrees of success.
8 Bonus Entry: Johnny Depp
7 George Clooney
6 Val Kilmer
5 Will Arnett
I distinctly remember when I first saw the trailer for The Lego Movie, I audibly groaned and thought there was no way that this was going to work. The film absolutely did work and ended up being one of the biggest surprises of the year. The film is aided by some outstanding voice over work, but perhaps none stronger then the job of Will Arnett, who voices Batman.
This Ben Affleck entry is pending review as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won't be in theaters until March of this year but people’s expectations are slowly raising as more material for the upcoming film makes it way out. The film definitely has the budget to meet expectations, but critics weren’t overwhelmed with Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel and it is a bold move to introduce a new Batman in a movie that will have a divided focus.
4 Adam West
3 Kevin Conroy
2 Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton is a fantastic Batman in what are two pretty solid Batman films. I know a lot of people will give Tim Burton flack, but I at least give the director credit for knowing his vision and trying to implement it. As a younger child, Danny DeVito was downright terrifying as The Penguin and any time you can get Christopher Walken in a cast as well you know you’re doing okay.
1 Christian Bale
Christian Bale is easily my favorite live-action Batman, but perhaps it is not a coincidence being that the series was handled by the incredibly talented Christopher Nolan. Bale had the advantage of being in three films, which really stretched out a nice story arc. While his Batman voice has received some criticism, there is also no doubting that Bale is an incredibly talented actor.
The series also benefited from the outstanding performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight. I wouldn’t be so nervous about Ben Affleck taking over for Bale if Nolan was still attached to the project. There is no doubt that this next Batman will be different, and perhaps different will be better? Here's hoping.
Sources: Screenrant.com, Wikipedia.com,
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