Earlier this year, Robert Pattison was announced as the next actor to play Batman. Pattison, who became famous thanks to the Twilight franchise, will replace Ben Affleck after three movies. As of this writing, Robert Pattison will be the 9th actor to wear the mask of the Dark Knight.
Batman is one of the most iconic of DC Comics and was created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. His popularity attracted the attention of some producers, who wanted to adapt the storyline to the television. Batman became a successful movie franchise after the version of the director Christofer Nolan. Before that, there were other attempts, some very successful and good enough to become a classic, others that people involved in the production would prefer to forget. Here is the net worth of each actor who played Batman on television and cinema.
9 Lewis G. Wilson - $850.00
Lewis G. Wilson was the first actor to wear the Batman suit on television in 1943. He was 23 years old, which makes him the youngest actor cast for the role. Batman was a TV show with 15 episodes produced by Columbia. It was the least successful version of the character and there are not much information online about the production.
The show was slammed by the critics, especially Wilson, who was considered too overweight to be the hero. He died in 2000, at the age of 97. There is no precise information about his net worth, but some sources affirm it was around $850.000.
8 Robert Lowery - Unknown
Robert Lowery was the second actor to play the hero in the movie Batman and Robin, in 1949. Unlike what it happen to Lewis G. Wilson, the critics liked his performance. Lowery was already an experienced actor and had been on movies like The Mark Of Zorro, The Mummy's Ghost, and Dangerous Passage. He was 36 years old when he was cast for the role.
Although the critics liked him, it was the only time he played the character in movies. But in 1956 he appeared as Batman in The Adventures of Superman as a guest. There is currently no information about his net worth available.
7 Adam West - $8.000.000
In 1996 ABC released their classic version of Batman on a TV show that ran until 1968. Adam West was the actor behind the mask and it was an iconic version, with a lot of references to the comic books. Both parents and children enjoyed it.
"We set a tone of zaniness, humor, comedy, and satire for the adults. And yet the kids could be entertained, and they would believe it all," West told in an interview. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he had a net worth evaluated on $8 million. West died in 2017, when he was 88 years old.
6 Michael Keaton - $15.000.000
Tim Burton released his version of Batman in 1989. It made over $411 million worldwide and became one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. This particular adaptation is everything we can expect from a Burton movie. The production was a turning point for superhero productions in Hollywood. For some fans, Batman is still the best version of the hero.
Michael Keaton was the actor chosen to play Batman. Keaton refused to reprise the role in the third movie, even if some reports say he could've easily made $15 million if he returned. The actor has a $15 million net worth.
5 Val Kilmer - $25.000.000
Val Kilmer was the star of Batman Forever in 1995. There are mixed opinions about the production, but the actor loved being part of it.
"The cast was pretty amazing, and we spent a lot of time hanging out," the actor said. "Jim Carrey had just lost his father and I lost my father right before I did Tombstone. So we talked quite a bit. The suit takes an hour to get into, and you can't do it by yourself, and then you can't hear because there are really no earholes in it." Val Kilmer has a $25 million net worth.
4 George Clooney - $500.00.000
George Clooney was cast as the star of Batman & Robin in 1997. The movie received some terrible reviews, but Clooney's career didn't suffer. However, Chris O'Donnell (who played Robin) disappeared after the sequel's failure.
"I always apologize for Batman & Robin," Clooney once said. "Let me just say that I'd actually thought I'd destroyed the franchise until somebody else brought it back years later and changed it. I thought at the time that this was going to be a very good career move. Ummmmm, it wasn't." Clooney is the richest actor on this list and has a $500 million net worth.
3 Christian Bale - $80.00.000
After the previous disaster, it took almost a decade until someone believed Batman deserved another chance. The director Christopher Nolan completely reinvented the role and introduced us to Christian Bale as the Dark Knight.
Bale played the hero in the trilogy that's comprised of Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Critics and the public loved, especially the second movie where Heath Ledger made a memorable version of the Joker. Christian Bale, who became famous thanks to American Psycho, has an $80 million net worth.
2 Ben Affleck - $130.000.000
Ben Affleck played the hero on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he reprised the role in Suicide Squad and Justice League. However, he let the part go for the next movie, which is set to be released in 2021.
"I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn't come up with a version, I couldn't crack it," Affleck said. "So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I'm excited." As of this writing, Ben Affleck has a $130 million net worth.
1 Robert Pattinson - $100.000.000
Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to star as Batman, with his first movie as the Dark Knight set to be released on June 2021. But he was furious when the news made the headlines before he or his team had a say.
"When that thing leaked I was [f-ing] furious," Pattinson said. "Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing." Pattinson, who became famous thanks to Twilight, currently has a net worth evaluated on $100 million and this may increase after his upcoming superhero movie.