Who is the best Batman? Are you a Tim Burton/Michael Keaton fan or a Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale convert? Or perhaps your’re an Adam West traditionalist?
The Dark Knight Rises will be storming across movie screens this summer, and from viewing the eye catching and frenetic trailers that have been released, it looks to be a riveting conclusion to the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale incarnation of the Batman franchise.
Already talk has begun about who will be the next actor to play Batman. How about taking a look at the previous thespians to play the role?
Here is a rundown of who has played the best Bruce Wayne.
5. Adam West
If you are looking for dignified and serious portrayal of Batman, then the “Batman” television series and movie from the 1960s starring Adam West probably is not for you. However, if you are looking for a humorous portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne as well some kitschy fun, then the 1960s rendition may be good for you. Adam West’s Batman character is probably most famous for its costume choices, with the skin tight leotards, wrinkled cape, and painted-on eyebrows.
4. George Clooney
With all of the artsy and critically acclaimed roles that George Clooney has done in recent years, it is amazing to think that he choose to don the suit and cape. Having said that, the movie “Batman and Robin” does feed off quite nicely from Clooney’s natural charm and affability, and the all black suit is fairly striking. The same can’t be said of the supporting characters, such as Robin, Mister Freeze, and Poison Ivy.
3. Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer took things up a notch with his plethora of fight moves in “Batman Forever.” However, that is not saying much when going up against a skinny Jim Carrey and an aging Tommy Lee Jones. The costume is not bad, with its segmented panels.
2. Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton did a decent job of filling the shoes of Bruce Wayne. The strength of his portrayal was in the intellectualism and emotional depth that he gave to the character. While the costume is a step above the 1960s Adam West Batman, it still has a “cheesiness” element with the plastic muscles and a belt that looks like it was bought at a toy store.
1. Christian Bale
The best of the bunch by a long shot is Christian Bale. Like many action movies in recent years, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight takes a more gritty and realistic approach to movie making. Christian Bale gives a believable and riveting portrayal of the Batman/Bruce Wayne character in these movies with an ominous and serious tone. The costumes and gadgets are great, and the special effects are even better.
Written by Holly Winthrop.
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