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 it's the best batman ever

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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! - Magnolia

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.

He is the best

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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.

Are you KIDDING?! Number 3?! He is by far the best one. The batman video games are the absolute best depiction of batman EVER. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are the BEST.

Right behind Christian Bale, Kevin Conroy is a FANTASTIC Batman.

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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

He created a mystery atmosphere to the role... Something the others didn't do or do as well!

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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

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!

Adam West is the best Batman/Bruce Wayne of all time!

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6Rino Romano (The Batman)

Not many people give this show the respect it deserves

He is a great batman I love the show

I think he is a great actor

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)

You can't tell me Argo, The Town, and Gone Girl hasn't convinced you he has found his acting cue. I agree he had it shaky for awhile but come on. His stature is the perfect Batman

Just saying he isn't the best YET but he's gonna blow minds even if Batman Vs Superman sucks his costume with his facial expressions and perfect charisma he could have a good shot at bringing the Batman back to the top

This is the best physically matched live Batman to date. Tall with broad shoulders and in the best Batsuit we have seen. Grey and Black

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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.

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.

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12Peter Weller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
13David Mazouz (Gotham)
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Top Remixes (11)

1. Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)
2. Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series)
3. Christian Bale (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)
1. Christian Bale (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)
2. Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)
3. Val Kilmer (Batman Forever)
1. Christian Bale (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)
2. Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
3. Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series)

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