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View Poll Results: Vote for the Actor who you think played Batman and Bruce Wayne well
Christian Bale as Batman 18 37.50%
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne 21 43.75%
Val Kilmer as Batman 5 10.42%
Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne 3 6.25%
George Clooney as Batman 1 2.08%
George Clooney as Bruce Wayne 7 14.58%
Michael Keaton as Batman 25 52.08%
Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne 24 50.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old July 11 2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Multiple Choice Vote for your favorite Batman and Bruce Wayne

Vote For the actors who you think played the role of Batman and Bruce Wayne well over the last 30 years. You can vote for more than one actor.
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Old July 11 2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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Re: Multiple Choice Vote for your favorite Batman and Bruce Wayne

Voted Michael Keaton as the best Bruce Wayne, and Michael Keaton as the best Batman.

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Old July 11 2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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As much as I love the Nolan films, Bale's performance never really blew me away, and at times was laughable. His performance as Bruce Wayne was fine, but when he tried to do the Batman voice and yell at villains it totally took me out of the movie. I don't think the reaction they were going for when Batman interrogates mob bosses or Joker or Bane was "laugh out loud funny," yet that's exactly the reaction it got in the theaters I saw it in, especially the "Where's the trigger!?" interrogation of Bane.

Now, I suspect Nolan wouldn't have allowed that to go on for three movies if it wasn't a deliberate choice on his part, so I think the blame for that lies more at Nolan's feet than Bale's probably; and I think Bale is actually a superb actor in his own right in other films. The parts that move me and get me emotional about Batman in the Nolan movies are almost all situational (admiring his sacrifice in the latter two films, etc.) rather than reacting to Bale's performance specifically. Fortunately there's a great ensemble cast to pick up the slack there.

I think Clooney probably had the Bruce Wayne playboy persona down best, though unfortunately it was in a terrible film. It would have been nice to see how he would have handled the character in a proper Batman film and not an Ice Capades show.

Kilmer was utterly forgettable.

Overall though, I think Keaton had the best combination of the Bruce Wayne and Batman personas, and gave a fantastic performance. I prefer the Nolan films over the Burton ones by a great margin despite loving the first Batman film (not so much Returns, though), but he retains the edge as Batman for me.
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Old July 11 2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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I gave Keaton both.

Despite the magnificence and scope of the Nolan trilogy, I am drawn to the more hokey, likeable performance Keaton gave, and the more fun world Burton showed us.
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Old July 11 2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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On the list, Keaton. Hands down.

Not on the list, Kevin Porter. He's got the look, got the moves, got the voice, and does appearances as Batman for DC.



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Old July 11 2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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As much as I love the Nolan films, Bale's performance never really blew me away, and at times was laughable. His performance as Bruce Wayne was fine, but when he tried to do the Batman voice and yell at villains it totally took me out of the movie.

I think Clooney probably had the Bruce Wayne playboy persona down best, though unfortunately it was in a terrible film. It would have been nice to see how he would have handled the character in a proper Batman film and not an Ice Capades show.

Kilmer was utterly forgettable.

Overall though, I think Keaton had the best combination of the Bruce Wayne and Batman personas, and gave a fantastic performance. I prefer the Nolan films over the Burton ones by a great margin despite loving the first Batman film (not so much Returns, though), but he retains the edge as Batman for me.
That's my opinion as well, except weird as it was, I still love Burton's vision of Batman (and especially his Gotham City), so Nolan is ahead only by a small margin in my view.
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Old July 11 2013, 02:55 PM   #7
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That's my opinion as well, except weird as it was, I still love Burton's vision of Batman (and especially his Gotham City), so Nolan is ahead only by a small margin in my view.
Burton's Gotham is certainly the more comic-like one. Not necessarily like the comic Gotham itself, though they later retconned it to look like Anton Furst's Gotham, but it looked like something that belonged purely in a comic book world rather than something that could possibly exist in the real world like Nolan's Gotham did. It was definitely the more whimsical (while dark) and creative production design. I appreciate both styles for what they are, but I think the Nolan films are better movies overall.
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Old July 11 2013, 03:23 PM   #8
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Keaton for Wayne, Bale for Batman.
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Old July 11 2013, 05:00 PM   #9
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Kevin Conroy isn't on the list but he's the one I'd go with. It's his voice that I hear when I read Batman comics so for me he's the definitive Batman.
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Old July 11 2013, 05:25 PM   #10
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Kevin Conroy isn't on the list but he's the one I'd go with. It's his voice that I hear when I read Batman comics so for me he's the definitive Batman.
For sure. Given that the thread doesn't specify live action, I was disappointed Kevin Conroy wasn't on this list. His Batman is just absolutely iconic. Out of the choices here, I vote Keaton for both (and would vote Keaton for Bruce Wayne even if Conroy was there for Batman).
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Old July 11 2013, 05:29 PM   #11
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I didn't watch The Animated Series, but Conroy didn't do much for me in Arkham games. Mark Hammil's Joker on the other hand I thought was pretty good.
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Old July 11 2013, 06:24 PM   #12
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I voted for Keaton for both. Bale was horrible in every aspect, and Kilmer/Cloony were passable at best.

That said, I would have voted for Kevin Conroy if he was on the list. To me, he's the definative Bruce Wayne and Batman, hands down.
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Old July 11 2013, 06:32 PM   #13
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Sorry, I can't vote. Adam West isn't on it. And no, I'm not saying it as a joke. But, in a lot of ways, West is iconic. When someone says Batman to me, he's the first that pops in my head.

I like the others a whole lot, but, West is an icon.
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Old July 11 2013, 07:37 PM   #14
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Re: Multiple Choice Vote for your favorite Batman and Bruce Wayne

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Sorry, I can't vote. Adam West isn't on it. And no, I'm not saying it as a joke. But, in a lot of ways, West is iconic. When someone says Batman to me, he's the first that pops in my head.

I like the others a whole lot, but, West is an icon.
I agree that Adam West is an icon. Too bad, Adam West did not make a cameo in the later Batman movies like the way Stan Lee did in the Marvel super heroes movies.
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Sorry, I can't vote. Adam West isn't on it. And no, I'm not saying it as a joke. But, in a lot of ways, West is iconic. When someone says Batman to me, he's the first that pops in my head.

I like the others a whole lot, but, West is an icon.
I agree that Adam West is an icon. Too bad, Adam West did not make a cameo in the later Batman movies like the way Stan Lee did in the Marvel super heroes movies.
I think he would've been a distraction, much like Stan Lee often is.
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