Since Dark Knight’s first movie appearance in 1939, many actors have brought him to life. Below is the list of five actors who best portrayed Batman because of the impact they had on the audience and how well they played the character itself.
- Val Kilmer ( “Batman Forever”)
The Los Angeles-born actor played Batman after Michael Keaton for the movie “Batman Forever” in 1995. The role was given to Kilmer when Keaton decided not to accept “Batman Forever” in 1992 because of creative differences. “Batman Forever” is supposed to be Keaton’s third “Batman” movie.
- Michael Keaton (“Batman” and “Batman Returns”)
Keaton is a comedian who played “Batman” in 1989. While Batman fans were surprised when Tim Burton gave the role to Keaton, the actor proved to be a worthy person to play the character. The success earned him the role for the sequel, “Batman Returns” in 1992.
- Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”)
Conroy was the voice of Batman in the animated series for more than a decade, which earned him a spot on this list. It was said that Conroy’s voice as the most perfect voice for Batman. It was revealed in an interview with HoboTrashcan that it was Conroy’s idea to give Batman and Bruce Wayne different voices.
- Adam West (“Batman TV Series,” “Batman: The Movie”)
West earned fame in his portrayal as Batman in the 1966 ABC TV series and movie version “Batman.” The creator of the comic book, Bob Kane, was so impressed that he gave West a drawing with a note that says: “To my buddy, Adam, who breathed life into my pen and ink creation.”
- Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy)
The Oscar Award-winning actor was the first non-American to play Batman. He was the first actor to play the role in three movies (“Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012). This earned him the first spot in the list.
With the upcoming release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with Ben Affleck playing as Batman, fans will surely be on the watch if the actor is worthy to be the Dark Knight.
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