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)

Great performance, for the first time for me someone made that psychodrama story about his parents more plausible. Greatest Alfred ever, Michael Caine, also a very interesting interaction. I am glad the plain Katie Holmes character was thrown away and replaced with a much better Catwoman version to our time.
On the low side, a few things could be better defined in the screenplay (that prison/hole, honestly, what was that? ), Batman's voice would have been the best ever had they not overdone it as they did, and the villain's voice, well was it really necessary to have it in a way that we cannot understand most of what he says (we all know the guy was an animal, but seriously?! ).

C.Bale is the ultimate batman from his voice, his action scenes to his swagger as Bruce Wayne the man justified both roles leaving the audience eager in awaiting the next batman movie (personally I'm quite bumped that he isn't doing the next batman movie). People there's no arguing C. Bale is the BEST batman EVER. Just wanted to also add that Sir Michael Caine is the best Alfred of all time no one can play Alfred's better than him. C. Bale + Sir Michael Caine = BLOCKBUSTER BATMAN MOVIE OF ALL TIME.

Christian Bale is so outstanding as Batman because his performance comes across so soulful and real. He has the perfect intensity and menace to portray someone on the brink of insanity like Batman and the nuances to hold it all together. His personification of the character's self-sacrificing spirit and perseverance makes him endlessly compelling in the role.

Come on he was the best in my book I mean he was perfect he was like the true batman because he was trained and he fought better than anyone even he did not fear he made criminals fear and when he changed his voice it was the perfect cover nobody could even know who he was and the way he trains is an inspiration to all of us I seriously wish I could train like him

2 Micheal Keaton (Batman/Batman Returns)

Michael Keaton hands down, best Batman ever! Keaton's eyes are intense in Batman/Batman Returns; I didn't get that from Christian Bale. When you're an actor and your face is covered by a mask with only your eyes and mouth showing it's difficult to show the character's emotions but Keaton blows all other Batman actors out of the water with his impressive acting skills! And he has the best Batman voice, very believable. So yeah for me it's Michael Keaton all the way with C. Bale 2nd and Clooney as Bruce Wayne (Wayne only, not as Batman).

I remember standing in line to get into the movie theater to this the first Michael Keaton Batman. His deliverance of BM was superb and after a couple of the movies, he's replaced? I don't like remakes anyway. It's like making "Dirty Dancing". NEVER will there be anyone to replace Patrick Swayze! Hollywood should remember what brought them the money and actors who made the roles they played stand out. Keaton was great! Jim Carey was good as the Joker, but in that role, Heath Ledger was fantastic. Jim Carey could never be that good!

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.

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)

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.

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.

Kevin Conroy is the best Batman. Bale was ok...for two movies...but you wanna talk over all Best Batman that never really was, check out Kevin Porter on YouTube in City of Scars. DC should turn the Bat in the Sun production team loose and let them do the next Batman film start to finish.

He is amazing! should be number 1! He understands the character more than anybody else! Who else thought that for Batman, being bruce Wayne is acting, but being Batman is the only thing he could be!

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

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.

His Batman was more on the campy side, but it was the 60's, a time in which 90% of the shows were cheesy and the comics were more campy as well. So I would forgive his performance because it was the source material at that time.

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.

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I don't get why everyone thought bvs was terrible. I saw the movie with low expectations, but ended up astounded at the end. Mostly because I was cheering for batman and SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT batman wins the fight with supes, well, kind of, but Ben affleck was AMAZING, like my favorite batman ever. Before the movie I liked Bale, but, well, I just forgot him and went to every toy store to buy a Ben affleck batman action figure. My one is really cool, by the way. I think he's the best because he's really, really, well big. Big and strong. Ben Affleck actually looked like batman from the comics, with that square chin and the grey suit with the bat sign on it. Best batman ever.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

Best Bruce Wayne not the best batman but he had to fill huge shoes or should I say bat boots

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 Olan Soule (Batman/Superman Power Hour)

He is easily the best voice for Batman. He was the first Batman I watched and he sounds the most like Batman to me. He is Wayyyy underrated!

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.

9 Peter Weller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)

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.

Better at speeches than obama

he made that movie great

10 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 ...read 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.

its because of him batman beyond is my favroit batman TV show

considering that batman beyond was the 1st ever time he was a voice actor he's amazing

The Contenders
11 Diedrich Bader (Batman: Brave And The Bold)

perfect voice for that show

adam west but animated

12 Will Arnett (Lego Movie Batman)

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

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

Perfect description of batman "darkness, no parents! "

Finally a intencionally funny version of Batman

13 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 ...read more.

I thought he did a pretty good job portraying a young Batman/Bruce Wayne

I thought he was okay.

14 Bruce Greenwood (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Young Justice)
15 David Mazouz (Gotham)

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

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

Bruce Wayne is so Brave and nice.

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.

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.

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

This Batman is a disgrace to the character! Worst Batman Ever!

17 Joey de Leon (Alyas Batman en Robin)
18 Benjamin McKenzie (Batman: Year One)
19 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

20 Del Boy (Only Fools and Horses)
21 Lewis Wilson (Batman Movie Serial)
22 Robert Lowery (Batman and Robin Movie Serial)
23 Jeremy Sisto (Justice League: The New Frontier)
24 Adam Ezekiel (Batman Forever)
25 Pete Holmes (Badman)

This is comedic gold.

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