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!

The Top Ten

1 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.

I don't care what Ben Affleck fans say, for me Bale is Batman. Affleck's character was so poorly written. Yeah he looked good in BvS but sucked in JL. But Bale's character is perfect.

2 Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)

While I like Christian bale he just did not make Bruce Wayne pop as Michael did. Keaton shows a short background and his conflicts and gets on with the essence of Batman without making the entire movie overbalanced with inner conflict. When hey announced announced Keaton as Batman I thought no way Mr. Mom could do this but he aced it.

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!

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.

3 Kevin 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.

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.

4 Adam West (Batman - 1960's) William West Anderson, known professionally as Adam West, was an American actor known primarily for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film.

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.

Adam West was by far the best. He was James Bond meets Batman. He was refined and suave and debonair and dressed old-school glamour with tuxes and ascots. He also seemed like a real man not the modern boy men that never grow up.

5 Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and filmmaker. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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.

Ben Affleck has it all the voice, the body of the dark knight, the iconic suit, the gadgets, even the hair is comic book accurate. The ideas behind this batman were inspired by the dark knight returns depiction of the caped crusader so yes, the brutal but true guardian of Gotham. Oh and christian bale's batman voice sounds like he has throat cancer whilst batfleks voice sounds like something batman would use.

6 Val 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.

In my opinion, as a big fan of batman, this must be my favorite actor. I mean, he's got everything you need for a batman. The beard, the hair, the shape. HE'S JUST PERFECT

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

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

7 Rino 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

I think he is a great actor

8 Peter Weller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

Better at speeches than obama

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.

9 Will Friedle (Batman Beyond) William Alan "Will" Friedle is an American actor, voice actor and comedian. He is best known for his comedic roles, most notably the underachieving elder brother Eric Matthews on the long-running TV sitcom Boy Meets World from 1993 to 2000. More recently, he has voiced a number of animated characters more.

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.

10 Olan 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.

Very underrated. He did a great job of voicing a wholesome Batman.

The Contenders

11 Diedrich Bader (Batman: Brave And The Bold)

Really good.

12 Will 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.

Come on, nobody can argue with Arnett's portrayal of Lego Batman!

13 Bruce Greenwood (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Young Justice)

Really cool.

14 David Mazouz (Gotham)

Even a young actor had an extreme amazing performance. He deserves top 10.

Bruce Wayne is so Brave and nice.

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

15 Roger Craig Smith (Arkham Origins) Roger Craig Smith is an American voice actor and former stand-up comedian best known as the voice behind Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series, Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the Assassin's Creed games, Deidara in the hit anime Naruto: Shippuden, Zhang Liao in Dynasty Warriors, as the current voice more.

I thought he was okay.

He sucks

16 George 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 didn't work as Batman, but he was nice enough to say he was sorry for it. He's a bad Batman, but a good person.

17 Benjamin McKenzie (Batman: Year One)
18 Jason 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

I like his one because it's the DCAU


19 Del Boy (Only Fools and Horses)

What a show.

20 Lewis Wilson (Batman Movie Serial)
21 Jeremy Sisto (Justice League: The New Frontier)
22 Adam Ezekiel (Batman Forever)
23 Robert Lowery (Batman and Robin Movie Serial)
24 Jayden Curtis (Batman Beyond Movie)
25 Seth Green (Robot Chicken DC comics specials 1-3)
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