Batman Superman Dawn of Justice Trailer Dark Knight Caped Crusaders Kilmer Clooney Bale Affleck Keaton
Batman Superman Dawn of Justice Trailer Dark Knight Caped Crusaders Kilmer Clooney Bale Affleck Keaton

BATMEN: Ranking The 8 Actors To Play The Dark Knight

The first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit the internet yesterday, giving us the first peek at Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne With this release, Affleck joins an exclusive club, becoming only the 8th actor to take on the role of the Caped Crusader in a live-action Batman franchise picture. In honor of this momentous passing of the bat-on, we’ve ranked all 8 actors (Sorry, animated series voice actor Batmen! Luhyoo!) in terms of the characteristics most quintessential to the Dark Knight: sheer hotness, acting talent, and badass combat skills.

Who is the greatest Batman of all time?

Let’s review, from worst to best…

8. LEWIS G. WILSON   (Batman #1 of 8) –  Batman (15-Part Serial) – 1943

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Bat Cred:   The first actor to play the Caped Crusader on-screen.

Bangability: 5.     Acting: 4.     Toughness: 3.

B.A.T. SCORE:   4/10.

 

7. ADAM WEST   (Batman #3 of 8) – Batman (TV Series & Movie) – 1966

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Bat Cred:   The longest tenure as Batman – 11 years.

Bangability: 6.     Acting: 5.     Toughness: 4.

B.A.T. SCORE:   5/10.

 

6. ROBERT LOWERY   (Batman #2 of 8) – Batman and Robin – 1949

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Bangability: 7.     Acting: 5.     Toughness: 4.

Bat Cred:   The first actor to bring sex appeal to the part. Sorry, Lewis G. Wilson!

B.A.T. SCORE:   5.3/10.

 

5. VAL KILMER   (Batman #5 of 8) – Batman Forever – 1995

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Bat Cred:     Bob Kane, original creator of Batman, said Kilmer was his favorite Batman!?!

Bangability: 7.     Acting: 6.     Toughness: 5.

B.A.T. SCORE:    6/10.

 

4. GEORGE CLOONEY   (Batman #6 of 8) – Batman & Robin – 1997

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Bat Cred:     Clooney has stated in interviews that he played Batman as gay. Really.

Bangability: 6.     Acting: 8.     Toughness: 5.

B.A.T. SCORE:   6.3/10.

 

3. BEN AFFLECK   (Batman #8 of 8) – Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – 2016

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Bat Cred:     We haven’t seen the film, so this is admittedly unfair, but based on the trailer…

Bangability: 8.     Acting: 6.     Toughness: 7.

B.A.T. SCORE:   7/10.

 

2. CHRISTIAN BALE   (Batman #7 of 8) – The Dark Knight Trilogy – 2005-2012

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Bat Cred:     With 3, Bale‘s gotten the most films of any Batman under his utility belt.

Bangability: 9.     Acting: 5.     Toughness: 8.

B.A.T. SCORE:   7.3/10.

 

1. MICHAEL KEATON   (Batman #4 of 8) – Batman – 1989 & Batman Returns – 1992

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Bat Cred:     Brilliantly parodied own career two decades later in Oscar-sweeping Birdman.

Bangability: 6.     Acting: 10.     Toughness: 7.

B.A.T. SCORE:   7.7/10.

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