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The 9 actors who’ve played Batman Holy revolving door, Batman! The Caped Crusader has been portrayed by more actors than any other superhero in movie history – nine to be exact. Most have lasted for just one film, but with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale became the first man to have played Bruce Wayne and his alter- ego more than twice on the silver screen.
He didn’t have much competition – Michael Keaton was the only prior actor to reprise the role. Will Arnett will also join that club when his LEGO Batman movie hits cinemas in 2.
Ben Affleck could well throw all these records out, of course, given the sprawling DC Extended Universe plans now afoot and his vital involvement in them. Here's the nine actor who've played Gotham's Dark Knight.. Lewis G Wilson. Wilson was the first and youngest actor ever to play the adult Batman, and also the least successful. At 2. 3, the unknown thespian donned the cape and the cowl in the 1. Columbia serial Batman. While he looked the part of the dashing playboy, his physique was more Danny De.
Vito as the Penguin. One critic described Wilson as “thick about the middle.” Maybe that was why he wore his utility belt just below his chest. Critics also complained that his voice was too high and that he had a Boston accent. That, of course, wouldn’t be the last time someone complained about Batman’s voice. After Batman, Wilson’s career went nowhere. Most of his roles went uncredited.
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His next biggest movie part was probably in the 1. Bowanga Bowanga. A few years later he was out of showbiz altogether. His son, Michael G Wilson, however, fared better in Hollywood, becoming the executive producer of the James Bond series.
Lewis G Wilson died in 2. Robert Lowrey. Lowery took over the role in the follow- up serial, 1. Batman And Robin. Unlike Lewis, Lowery, 3. The Mark Of Zorro (1.
The Mummy's Ghost (1. Dangerous Passage (1. He also filled out the Batsuit better than Lewis, with his utility belt hanging where you would expect it on a non- octogenarian.
Though Lowery never played Batman in another movie, he did get to wear the cape once more and make superhero history in the process. In 1. 95. 6 he guest- starred on an episode of The Adventures Of Superman, marking the first time a Batman actor shared screen time with a Superman actor. After Batman, Lowrey enjoyed another 2. TV. Adam West. The man logging the most hours in the Batcave, of course, was William West Anderson, whom you probably know better as Adam West.
Either you love him for his goofy charm or hate him for blemishing the Bat’s image for several decades. His campy, over- the- top portrayal of Gotham’s Guardian infiltrated nearly every medium, including a 1. Legend has it producer William Dozier cast West after seeing him play a James Bond- like spy called Captain Q in a Nestl. He beat future Wonder Woman co- star Lyle Waggoner for the role.
Dozier, who supposedly hated comic books, decided the only way the show would be successful was if they camped it up. So blame him. Things would almost come full circle when, in 1. West was offered the role of James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. West declined, later writing in his autobiography that he believed Bond should always be played by a Brit. Holy bad career moves, Batman!
After the Batman series went off the air in 1. West was resigned to typecast hell. At one point he was forced to make public appearances as the Caped Crusader to earn a living. Then, in 1. 97. 7, he returned to the tube as Batman, doing his voice in The New Adventures Of Batman, and then on such shows as Super Friends. West’s resurgence as a pop- culture icon began in the early 9.
TV action hero in the pilot episode of Lookwell, produced by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel. It wasn’t picked up but took on a cult following online. He also did the Batman voice once again for the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham videogame. Michael Keaton. It took more than 2. Adam West to lose his exclusivity on Batman. When director Tim Burton (who, like Dozier, was not a fan of comic books) and Michael Keaton were announced for 1. Batman, fans went bat- shit crazy, thinking their beloved superhero was going to get the Adam West treatment again.
Keaton's casting caused such controversy that 5. Warner Bros’ offices. In an effort to appease the naysayers, Batman co- creator Bob Kane was hired as the film’s creative consultant. Other Hollywood stars considered for the role of Batman included Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Selleck and Bill Murray. But producer Jon Peters said he cast Keaton because “The image of Batman is a big male model type, but I wanted a guy who's a real person who happens to put on this weird armor.
A guy who's funny and scary. He's got that explosive, insane side.''This certainly showed in his portrayal of Bats (. Variety magazine gushed, “Michael Keaton captures the haunted intensity of the character, and seems particularly lonely and obsessive without Robin around to share his exploits.”Keaton was rewarded by being the first actor to reprise the role on the big screen. And in 1. 99. 2’s Batman Returns, Keaton again garnered positive reviews. After Batman Returns, Keaton’s career slowed down, before resurging again in a big way. Comedy roles like the inadvertently- TLC- loving police chief in Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s The Other Guys helped him back towards the top, before his miraculous and self- referential turn in Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) cemented his position as a much- loved, Oscar- nominated talent.
Even more recently, he was ace in Spotlight. Val Kilmer. When the Batman franchise was turned over to director Joel Schumacher, Keaton decided not to return. Daniel Day- Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, William Baldwin and Johnny Depp were reportedly considered as replacements. But the job was won by Val Kilmer – probably the most forgettable of the modern Batmen.
Go ahead – try to remember. You can’t. Schumacher became interested in Kilmer for 1. Batman Forever after seeing him in Tombstone (in which he played Doc Holiday, who Adam West also portrayed in a movie before he did the Batman TV series, fact fans!). Kilmer allegedly accepted the role without even reading the script or knowing who the new director was. Schumacher quickly learned who Kilmer was, though, and the two clashed on the set. Schumacher later described Kilmer as “childish and impossible,” claiming that he fought with various crewmen and refused to speak to him for two weeks after the director asked his star to stop behaving rudely. Kilmer’s performance got mixed reviews.
As The New York Times put it, “The prime costume is now worn by Val Kilmer, who makes a good Batman but not a better one than Michael Keaton.” Bob Kane felt otherwise, saying he thought Kilmer did the best job of all the actors to have played Batman up to that point. The movie performed better than Batman Returns at the box office, but Kilmer was destined to be a one- term caped crusader. Between his bad attitude and his concern that the superhero wasn’t getting as much screen time as the villains, he left the Batcave for good. Instead of filming 1.
Batman & Robin, he did The Saint. After Batman, Kilmer’s career headed downhill. Though it was probably 1.
The Island Of Dr Moreau that had more to do with that than Batman Forever. George Clooney. Clooney’s movie career was just taking off when he was cast in 1. Batman & Robin, with his breakthrough performance coming just the year before in Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn.
Producers probably felt they pulled off a major coup landing the soon- to- be mega- movie star. Those producers, along with Clooney, probably regret that decision now. Batman & Robin was a disaster, rife with homoeroticism, camp and those infamous Bat- nipples. Clooney once joked that he helped to kill the franchise. In 1. 99. 7, Mick La. Salle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “George Clooney is the big zero of the film, and should go down in history as the George Lazenby of the series.” Batman & Robin received 1. Razzie Awards and frequently ranks among the worst films of all time.
It was also the worst box- office performer of the modern Batman movies. But all that did nothing to hurt Clooney’s career. After Batman, he went on to super stardom, starring in Out Of Sight (with a cameo from Michael Keaton), Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
You don't need reminding of where he's gone since then, either. Christian Bale. Between Adam West and George Clooney, Batman seemed destined to remain a joke, at least when it came to live- action adaptations. Then came along Christopher Nolan. The Memento and Insomnia director was given the job of realising what became Batman Begins, and he planned to reinvent the franchise, finally making the Dark Knight dark. Among the early candidates for the Batman/Bruce Wayne roles were Billy Crudup, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joshua Jackson and Cillian Murphy. But Nolan ultimately chose Christian Bale, explaining that “he has exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for.” Bale got generally favourable reviews for 2. Batman Begins, with several critics saying it reminded them of his brilliant turn in American Psycho.
Not so brilliant, it seems, was his uber- husky Bat- voice. One reviewer compared Bale's guttural utterances to a “1. Bale ignored this advice in The Dark Knight Rises (a film in which he wears the Batsuit a lot less, to be fair), but it was Tom Hardy's Bane vocal noises that garnered more vocal criticism from Nolan's threequel. Regardless, Bale's Batman is fondly remembered, and always pops up during discussions of 'who's the best?', not least because of the stellar scripts, direction and cinematography which generally surrounded him. Rumours after The Dark Knight Rises insisted that Mr Bale turned down a huge pay cheque to avoid reprising the role once more, a decision that remains a particularly tantalising 'what if?' moment in Batman's cinematic history.