After sharing a Facebook video of all the actors who have played the Caped Crusader in movies, TV, cartoons and video game my friend Kaity wanted to know, who are my Top 5 Batmen? After all, among my friend I’m know as the Uber Bat Fan. Hell, when I was in High School a few of my friends, including the before mentioned Kaity, called me Batman. So, today I, Pete, pick out my top 5 Batman actors of all time!
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Without further ado, let’s jump into Petes latest TOP 5!!
5. Bruce Greenwood
You’re probably thinking, “Who?” Until you realize that famed screen actor Bruce Greenwood has portrayed the Caped Crusader in TWO animated films, Under the Red Hood and Gotham By Gaslight, and the fan favorite hit animated series Young Justice. If you know the story of Under the Red Hood you know it involves a lot of drama and is one of the more…umm, how to put this delicately…it’s a harder animated film to watch than most with a TON of violence, particularly against a certain “Old Chum.” Oh man, Old Chum…that may be an insensitive joke. Cause you know…Robin gets the beat into Chum by the Joker. Maybe, you didn’t get that and now I’m a sadistic ass-hat. Who knows? Anyways, for his awesome vocal portrayal and for his amount of time as the animated Batman and his incredible performance, Bruce gets number 5.
4. Michael Keaton
What kind of monster would I be to not include Michael Keaton in this list? I mean, to many people he IS Batman. To be honest, having been born in 86, his role as Batman kind of passed me by as my parents deemed his films to be too much for my little eyes and ears. I very much remember sneaking downstairs while my Dad watched Batman Returns so I could sneak peak at Batman, Catwoman and the Penguin. Sorry Dad, but I’m 31 now and you can’t send me to my room anymore! Ok, if you told me to I probably would still go and then beg an hour later to go hang out with my friends. But I digress, having grown up I’ve seen and enjoyed the Tim Burton directed films and largely believe Keaton to be one of the better Batman performers ever. I mean, you wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts! To be honest, seeing his great performance in the film Birdman also makes me think that if they ever did a live action Batman Beyond film, I’d demand Keaton to play Old Man Bruce. If only I could get past the curly 80s mini-fro.
3. Christian Bale
For any modern day Batman fan, sure Batffleck may be the latest, but Bale may be the Greatest. See what I did there? Rhyming. Oh whatever, moving on. Though many people like to point out the crazy deep voice Bale chose to use in his portrayal of Batman in the Nolan trilogy, it also makes sense. Why did previous incarnations use their regular every day speaking voice as Batman? I mean, come on, try a little at least! The Dark Knight, the 2nd of the trilogy may be remembered as one of the best films in Superhero film history thanks to Heath Ledger as the Joker but Bale is no slouch and therefore claims our number 3 spot on the best Batman list.
2. Adam West
Like a lot of iconic characters, everyone remembers their first Batman. The 66-68 TV Batman tv show played in reruns in cable when I was a child. My first Batman was Adam West, my first Robin was Burt Ward, etc, etc. As a young man, the camp of the show went slightly over my head and I took it all seriously having read little to no comics by that early age. Adam West holds a special place in my heart as the man who introduced me to the Caped Crusader. Had it not been for him and that series I may have never become the Geek I am today! Also, he tends to be the person my Dad thinks of when he thinks of Batman. To him, Adam West and Burt Ward ARE Batman and Robin. If you haven’t noticed my Dad is a huge influence on my love of the Dark Knight.
RIP Adam West
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1. Kevin Conroy
You see it and you hear it. Anyone who grew up on Batman: The Animated Series whether it was on Fox Kids or Kids WB, Cartoon Network’s Justice League, the Arkham video game series, or the NUMEROUS direct to DVD movies he’s done. You see that image and you hear “I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman!” For many kids who grew up in the 90’s, Kevin Conroy is not just the voice of Batman, he IS Batman. Probably having more performances of the character than anyone else ever, Kevin is the voice many people hear when they think of Batman. There’s a story he tells of helping serve food to the people responsible for for cleaning up post 911 in New York and one of the people realizes who he is. The man tells everyone that the guy serving their food is Batman. A voice strikes out from the noise and says “BULL-SHIT!” to which Conroy responds from the kitchen “I am vengeance, I am the night, I AM BATMAN!” to cheers. Kevin Conroy IS Batman.
Will Friedle for his portrayal of the Future Batman Terry McGinnis.
Troy Baker for his work as Batman in the Telltale Batman video game series AND Lego Batman in everything BUT The Lego Batman movie.
Pete used to do this thing at the end of all his posts where he poked fun at bloggers who have a length and long winded big about who they are and he’d write ridiculous facts about himself that are really just one long run on sentence that make his friends, like Nicole who sometimes edits his posts for him, cringe and want to delete everything he’s written. I’m bringing run on sentences back.