Who Was Your Favorite Batman? [Poll]
Batman is becoming like James Bond. Both the Bat and the British Spy drive cool cars and have cool gadgets, and every so often the franchise changes its lead but they keep making movies. So far five actors have worn Batman’s cape and cowl on the silver screen: Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale. Which one is your favorite?
West starred in the ‘Batman’ television series which was turned into a movie in 1966. Here’s the synopsis: The Archvillains of The United Underworld – The Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin – combine forces to dispose of Batman and Robin as they launch their fantastic plot to control the entire world. At one memorable point in the film Batman tries to dispose of a comically huge bomb. Hilarity ensues.
Wait, Beetlejuice is Batman? In 1989 Tim Burton unleashed his gothic vision of Batman on movie audiences, and with Jack Nicholson as “The Joker,” the movie became the biggest hit of the year.
Keaton took another ride in the Batmobile three years later to face Danny DeVito as “Penguin” and Michelle Pfeiffer as “Catwoman.”
After Michael Keaton decided he didn’t want to wear the bat-suit for another go around, director Shumacher hired Val Kilmer for “Batman Forever.” The film was a lot lighter in tone than the previous two, and featured the mega star Jim Carrey as “The Riddler” and Tommy Lee Jones as “Two Face.”
It’s interesting to note that Bob Cane, the man who created Batman, said he liked Kilmer the best as Batman.
Kilmer didn’t stick around for long. After he departed the Bat Cave, George Clooney was squeezed into the bat suit, which for the first time had rubber nipples. Clooney’s outing as Batman pitted him against Arnold Schwarzenegger as “Mr. Freeze,” and Uma Thurman as “Poison Ivy.”
This is generally considered the worst of the Batman films (even over Adam West’s 1966 “Batman”).
Bale was an interesting choice to play Batman. Not only is he English, but his most notable character before the Bat was a psycho.
I think Bale perfectly captured the Bruce Wayne/Batman dynamic, and the supporting cast of the movies have been incredible. Heath Ledger will go down forever as the creepiest, but most brilliant Joker ever portrayed on film.
So who was your favorite Batman? I would like to say Christian Bale because I love Christopher Nolan’s films, but that raspy growl that Bale does as Batman makes me crazy. I think I’ll have to say Michael Keaton was my favorite Bat. He was the one I grew up with and stood in line for hours to see.