After seeing Batman vs Superman and the praise for Ben Affleck for his portrayal of the Dark Night I wasn’t convinced that it earned the title of the best Batman ever, so I decided to take a look back at the other actors who played Batman before Affleck and I knew that there was a few of them but I was shocked by exactly how may people did play Batman. The official count to dat is 9, yes 9, now forgive my ignorance but I taught the first I taught the first Batman was played by Adam West in 1966, Well I was wrong there was 2 Batmen before West wight the first one donning the suit in 1943. He was 23 year old Lewis G Wilson. Wilson was not received well by anyone with the range of complaints spanning him being too young to him having a Boston accent. He only lasted 15 episodes.
The next man to step up and take a shoot at the Dark Night was Robert Lowery who stared in the 1949 movie Batman and Robin. Lowery did reprise his role in 1956 for an episode of The Adventures of Superman which marked the first time that the two heroes shared the screen together. Up next is where my knowledge of the Batmen starts with Adam Wests 1966 show simply called Batman. The show was famous for the over the top acting and camp style of acting but in the 90’s the show gained a cult following thanks to reruns. The show went off the air in 1968.
That leads us to what people like to call the modern age of Batman. It started off with Michael Keaton. This was the first movie to take a slightly darker look at at the Batman. Keaton was praised by many for his portal of Batman but he turned down the chance to return for a second movie. Next up to put on the cape was Val Kilmer in Batman Forever in 1995. Kilmer got mixed reviews as Batman but after a lot of on set problems Kilmer was to be a one and done Batman, Which leads us to what nearly everyone says is the worst Batman ever Im not sure those people know about the 1943 Batman but we can’t talk about that an other day, George Clooney. It was said that Clooney had the Charming side of Bruce Wayne down but he was unable to pull of the the dark side of the Batman. I enjoyed the the movie but I was 10 at the time so I was easily impressed. Everyone else was not so impressed and said that Clooney had killed the franchise.
Then eight years later Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale joined forces to reboot the franchise with great success in 2005 with Batman Begins which gained critical and commercial success, and they teamed up again in in 2008 for The Dark Knight and then again in 2012 for The Dark Night Rises. The trilogy was a huge success and Bale was offered a lot of money to keep going as the Batman but he turned it down over fares of being typed cast. The Batman mantel the fell to Will Arnett who voiced Batman in the smash hit movie the Lego Movie. After Will came Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman. The film was savaged by critics with the exception of Affleck’s performance. He has also landed his own stand alone Batman Movie.
There you go 9 Batmen I think my favourite is Bale and in the Dark Knight Trilogy but I don’t know if it would have worked as well with out Nolan as the director but that is just me. What do you think who is your favourite Batman let me know by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading until next time keep on Viewing.
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