Top Ten Best Batman Actors

July 31, 2015 - Who was the best actor as Batman? Do you prefer camp or dark? Animated or live? Make your choice here! Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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Christian 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.
[Newest]He is the boss
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2Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)
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!


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.
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.
[Newest]I give Christian Bale full marks for effort, however if any of you were old enough to watch Tim Burton's Batman in theaters back then it was the best movie of the year and it's all thanks to Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton is Batman. For you young ones out there who have voted above because they haven't seen Michael Keaton as Batman go back in time and watch it.
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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.
Conroy brings batman to life with only his voice, a far greater feet than being in a block buster movie.
He brings a Bruce Wayne and batman voice that I would ever imagine into these movies, unlike Christian bale which who was terrible for batman.

4Val Kilmer (Batman Forever)
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
Best Bruce Wayne not the best batman but he had to fill huge shoes or should I say bat boots

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
Adam west is the best batman ever no one came close he doesn't act stupid in the movies because he is a smart guy put him #1!
[Newest]I have watched all the Batman shows and movies. Adam West is the Best.

6Rino Romano (The Batman)
Not many people give this show the respect it deserves

7Will 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.

8Olan 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.

9Diedrich Bader (Batman: Brave And The Bold)

10Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)

The Contenders

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.
Batman & Robin is an awful movie, but I think Clooney's face suited well to Batman's role.
George Clooney was an ok Bruce Wayne/Batman. I could have gone without seeing BatNipples.

12Peter Weller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

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