Top Ten Best Batman Actors

Who was the best actor as Batman? Do you prefer camp or dark? Animated or live? Make your choice here!

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1Christian Bale (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)

Delivers both batman and bruce Wayne in a single great package. Keaton took away a lot of charisma from bruce Wayne.

Christian bale just makes me want to watch more batman movies; probably because he makes it all seem so convincing and un-corny.

Bale because he puts character to batman. He played bruce and batman well. And the voice, goodness people, I think it's just right that he would change his voice as batman. Other batman movies even batman anime bruce and batman just have the same voice which is just wrong. Changing the voice makes sense if you want to hide your real identity.

Christian Bale could play Batman perfectly..He is the best

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2Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)

This is where we need to differentiate between Batman and Bruce Wayne. Bale was a great Bruce, but Keaton IS Batman. The violence of action displayed when dealing with Joker's goons trumps Bale's "I'm a bad-@$$, can't you tell by my gruff voice" act.

Michael Keaton is definitely the greatest Batman actor ever. There is no even competition. I love C. Bale much more than Keaton but we're talking about batman role. Keaton showed real emotions. Just look at his face expressions in Batman or Batman Returns. Ultimate Batman! - Magnolia

He is the definitive cinematic Batman. He truly comes across as a laid back and mild mannered character who becomes one with the costume when he's in it, which is what Tim Burton was going for. Truly inspired casting, when many said BEFORE THEY SAW THE MOVIE that it was just the opposite. I'll admit, I kinda raised an eyebrow myself, until I saw it, then I was blown away.

He's the one that said: "I'm Batman"

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3Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series)

Bale is the best live-action batman (in my opinion), but nowhere near Conroy in the voice department. Probably because with animation (and video games) they just need the voice, whereas for a film they need someone who not only sounds like batman, but looks and acts like him too.

He is the definitive batman voice. He is nearly in every batman animated film and game. He also starred in one of the best cartoons ever batman the animated series. When I read a comic I hear the intimidating and legendary voice of Kevin Conroy. He has also been batman for over two decades. This is why Kevin Conroy is the best batman that ever was and ever will be.

Conroy brings batman to life with only his voice, a far greater feet than being in a block buster movie.

This Batman should be #1, he went through the morals of a hero ( unlike Adam West).

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4Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)

Ben Affleck played an amazing Batman. He is the Batman that Batman fans have been waiting for. He surpassed our expectations. He redeemed himself from that awful Daredevil movie. He plays both Bruce Wayne and Batman in an amazing way. So what if he killed people in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, whose some mother's names were Martha. In every live action portrayal, Batman killed every single person he saw. I can see why he kills people, because he sees that there is no other way to stop criminals in committing crimes and put them in jail (Blackgate or Arkham), since they'll get out over and over again. So, what he's doing is understandable. He also is a brilliant strategist and detective, analysing a situation and thinking of a number of different scenarios on how to stop it. His batsuit looks like it's been ripped right out of the pages of the comic book and shows that this Batman is muscles, and not armour (excluding the Bat Armour to fight Superman). People just don't ...more

I've grown up with batman being my idol and I've got to say, Ben is the closest we will ever get to see a real Batman/Bruce Wayne, and contrary to others, I actually like a batman who kills when necessary, the part in The Dark Knight where Bale misses the Joker really angered me. Also people forget, when batman was first created in comics, he used guns, and Keaton killed a goon in the Batman film by throwing him from a great height, plus he killed the Joker.

Here is probably the best thing about his costume, those abbes aren't fake, he is the only movie batman that didn't have made up abbes, his suit is cloth not hard material and lest be honest he should get his own movie, first his voice then suit and one of my favorite parts being Alfred, like seriously when you watched this movie you have to admit you heard Scars voice in every line heck when Catwoman finds the Batcave and asks Alfred if he's batman hopefully he makes a lion king joke any way great Batman and great everything. Thank you Ben Affleck.

Bale is praised not for his portrayal as batman but for the solid script and awesome acting... Ben affleck on the other hand is the best portrayal of the nightmare BATMAN

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5Adam West (Batman - 1960's)

Adam West didn't use rubber padding and he threw his batrope by hand. He didn't need to shoot it out of gun. Which proves he is the toughest of Batmans. Plus his fights look best because you can see what's going on in full view. His Bruce Wayne is very convincing as a very generous philanthropist. There's just way too many good things to say about Adam West

The Bright Knight will always be #1 in my heart. He's the only actor whoever had any fun playing Batman. Adam West played the role of Bruce Wayne better than any I've ever seen! The show's still enjoyable today

He was suave and serious, both as Batman and as Bruce Wayne. He didn't wear a stupid rubber/plastic suit (no stupid bat nipples! )- he was pure West! I loved the campy world he was in, and that he took himself so seriously throughout the show. He was the genuine article.

He's no Michael Keaton, but he is also no George Clooney

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6Val Kilmer (Batman Forever)Val Edward Kilmer is an American actor. Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret!

Kilmer had the voice and he's a good actor but the script and director ruined any chance he had of succeeding in the role.

I like this batman better without the nipples because schumacher gayed it up

Batman for ever was a bad movie but Val kilmer looked and acted like Bruce Wayne of how I think of him.

Good batman but bad script

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7Rino Romano (The Batman)

It's too bad that this is a more forgettable performance which I thought was alright

Not many people give this show the respect it deserves

He is a great batman I love the show

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8Will Friedle (Batman Beyond)

I really liked Will Friedle's voice portrayal of Terry McGinnis/Batman Beyond. Even though it's not Bruce Wayne/Batman, it's still an amazing portrayal of Batman. Will Friedle brings an element of youth to Batman, which is something fans of Batman haven't seen before Batman Beyond.

Good Batman, but I don't think he should count because it was not the Bruce Wayne.

Batman Beyond is a good animated film series. - Metts

9Diedrich Bader (Batman: Brave And The Bold)
10Olan Soule (Batman/Superman Power Hour)

I agree that the best batman is Christian Bale but Olan Soule is better than val kilmer at least. Batman forever was the worst of batman. I hate that movie.

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11George Clooney (Batman & Robin)

Horrible script, great performance. He was a convincing Batman. The others looked awkward in their costumes. They stood so stiff. Clooney had a confidence to his Batman. He was convincing. He also made a great Bruce Wayne. Kilmer was boring. Keaton didn't look like he could get any girl he wanted, which was what Bruce Wayne was. There was something off about Bale. You saw less of the public face of Wayne with him. In the scene where he's at the observatory and Ivy goes up to him, he talks to her and invites her to his event with swag, confidence, and with charm. George Clooney should be recast as Batman with a better script. He had the potential to be the greatest Batman EVER.

I certainly can't blame Clooney in his role, what I can blame however is the horrible writing which lead to some awkward performances on part of Clooney

Batman & Robin is an awful movie, but I think Clooney's face suited well to Batman's role.

He's a good actor for Batman. - Metts

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12Peter Weller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

The Dark Knight Returns should of been an live action film instead of animated. - Metts

He has that unique rough deep voice that makes him sound like a war veteran. his voice perfectly matches the older brutal batman which the creates of the dark night returns were aiming for.

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13Will Arnett (Lego Movie Batman)

The perfect mix between Kevin Conroy and Christian Bale. Mark my words, he will be your kids favorite.

Perfect description of batman "darkness, no parents! "

Better than George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Adam West.

Because I'm Batman!

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14David Mazouz (Gotham)

David Mazouz legit is the best Batman I've seen. He is a phenonomal actor for such a role.

15Roger Craig Smith (Arkham Origins)V2 Comments
16Del Boy (Only Fools and Horses)V1 Comment
17Jason O'Mara (Son of Batman)

Although he hasn't worn cape in cowl irl, he gave his voice in over 6 animated movies, and for good reason too. He has the voice and suit of Christian Bale's portray, but both are much better. He really does have the style and attitude of the Batman

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Top Remixes (14)

1. Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
2. Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)
3. Adam West (Batman - 1960's)
1. Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)
2. Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series)
3. Christian Bale (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)
1. Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series)
2. Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)
3. Christian Bale (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)

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