In honor of The Dark Knight Rises, which releases tonight at midnight, I thought it would be appropriate to rate/rank all 5 men who played Batman. This is based upon preparation for the character and acting and the ranking is 5-1 starting with the worst. Agree to disagree.
5. George Clooney
You may run the real world George but Batman seemed to be that one role you just couldn’t get. This was by far the worst Batman of them all! There are a number of actors I could never see in this role and you are near the top. Please stop trying to save Gotham and stick to your cocky, know-it-all characters like Daniel Ocean. Sweet nipple suit George.
4. Adam West
Poor Adam West. A victim of the era Batman came out, he can’t crack the list any higher. No awesome Batman armor, crazy weapons, or futuristic cars. Halloween costumes look better then what he had to work with. If it weren’t for George Clooney’s pathetic attempt, Adam would be a shoe-in at #5.
3. Val Kilmer
Right in the middle is the perfect spot for Val Kilmer. Not the greatest Batman but not the worst. If it weren’t for Michael Keaton deciding not to return, he wouldn’t even be in the conversation as Batman. Some people had issues with the way he played Bruce Wayne but others felt he gave a breath of fresh air to the series. If only Val stayed on for the next one instead of choosing to do The Saint, Clooney wouldn’t have almost ruined Batman for everyone!
2. Michael Keaton
Part of me wanted to put Michael Keaton at number one but under the circumstances (see below), he’s best at #2. Love what this guy did as Batman and I actually consider him the original even though Adam West has that title. No way anyone would ever guess Bruce Wayne is Batman when you look at Michael Keaton. The guy looks like the dad bringing the orange slices to the soccer game and next thing you know he’s jumping off buildings and putting bad guys to sleep.
1. Christian Bale
Let the debate for #1 begin. What some people don’t know is that when Christian Bale was tapped for the role of Batman, he had just finished The Machinist where he weighed 135 lbs. He had 6 months to gain 100 lbs of muscle in which he actually gained too much. He slimmed down to 190 lbs and ended up doing most of the fight scenes and stunts. Bale has played Batman the most times out of any actor and clearly there is a reason for that.