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Who is the best Batman?

A hotly debated question and one that Cheryl of The Bag Lady and l were discussing only this afternoon. In her eyes, the best was Michael Keaton – now in truth l am not that big a fan of Batman – l am more of a Spiderman fan – that is not saying  however that l haven’t seen the films, because l have – l am just not sure who l would say the best was or for that matter is of all time – what do you think? Here are Seven of the best in terms of  popularity.


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Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Originally named the “Bat-Man,” the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.

Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. His origin depicts Bruce Wayne as a child, after witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime


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Batman 1989 – 2012

1 – Batman – 1989 – Michael Keaton

Batman, a masked vigilante from Gotham City, fights against evil to keep its citizens safe. He must battle Jack Napier, who turns into the Joker and threatens to take over Gotham City.

2 – Batman Returns – 1992 – Michael Keaton

When Max, an entrepreneur, and criminal Penguin team up to wreak havoc in Gotham City, Batman decides to stop them. Catwoman’s alter ego, Selina Kyle, seeks revenge on Max for trying to kill her.

3 – Batman Forever – 1995 – Val Kilmer

Batman must stop Two-Face who seeks revenge from him after a courtroom accident leaves him disfigured on one side and The Riddler who has a nefarious plan of his own.

4 – Batman and Robin – 1997 – George Clooney [Chris O’Donnell]

Batman and Robin try to prevent the evil pair of Mr Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing the town. While doing so, they also try hard to continue their partnership.

5 – Batman Begins – 2005 – Christian Bale

A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he’s trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows. When Ducard reveals the League’s true purpose — the complete destruction of Gotham City — Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder. With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born.

6 – The Dark Knight – 2008 – Christian Bale

After Gordon, Dent and Batman begin an assault on Gotham’s organised crime, the mobs hire the Joker, a psychopathic criminal mastermind, who wants to bring all the heroes down to his level.

7 – The Dark Knight Rises – 2012 – Christian Bale

Bane, an imposing terrorist, attacks Gotham City and disrupts its eight-year-long period of peace. This forces Bruce Wayne to come out of hiding and don the cape and cowl of Batman again.

8 – The Batman – 2021 – ??? [Robert Pattinson??]

The Batman is an American superhero movie directed by Matt Reeves which is scheduled for release in 2021. Tenth movie in the DC film universe, this is the eighth movie centered on Batman, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.


9 – Batman and Robin – Robert Lowry

The New Adventures of Batman & Robin – 1949

10 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ben Affleck

Bruce Wayne, a billionaire, believes that Superman is a threat to humanity after his battle in Metropolis. Thus, he decides to adopt his mantle of Batman and defeat him once and for all.

11 – Batman – Adam West [Burt Ward]

Eccentric Gotham City tycoon Bruce Wayne dons tights to fight crime as Batman, aided by pal Dick Ward as equally Spandex-clad Robin, in this ’60s camp classic. Together, they fight evildoers such as the Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, Egghead, Catwoman and Mr. Freeze.


So the Line – up is as follows:

Michael Keaton

Val Kilmer

George Clooney

Christian Bale

Robert Lowry

Ben Affleck

Adam West


So Folks? For you – who is the best Batman? For me, after giving it some thought – it’s a toss up between Michael Keaton and Christian Bale – l think they specifically brought something unique to the character – but that’s just me … how about you?

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29 thoughts on “Theme Times – Na Na Nana Nana Batman!

      1. Yep. Ben’s mama and I discussed this question. We both love Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman and Christian Bale did it SO well.
        The grittiness and the psychology behind becoming Batman.

        1. Yeah totally, Batman needed to come out of the sort of pretend tough guy role and really get it on – CB brought this side out – but CB is excellent at that – bringing the best performance of characters to the screen.

  1. Not a fan of Batman either but Christian Bale was the best among the lot. At least the movies were watchable. The latest with Ben are just ridiculous. It looks like he is stuffed with padding and would fall over if left unattended. 🤣

  2. Adam West was the best tv Batman, as for the movies the ones I’ve seen Michael Keaton was the best in my opinion.

    Nice post Rory 😀.


  3. I haven’t seen the Robert Lowery. He would have the closest on the timeline to the original comic. It would be interesting to see him. But for the ones I know, West was my introduction to Batman. Keaton, just great! But Bale knocked it out of the park for me! 😊

    I also love Spider-Man 🙃

  4. I like the lighter version with great lines. Which I think MK and Jack Nicholson have in their Batman. I never much liked Batman on TV, but MK is my favorite, as is Tom Holland as Spiderman

    1. Yeah l can understand that Cheryl – the lighter narratives made it more fun, whereas the darker made it grittier, what they needed l think was a balance between the two. Adam West was the first Batman l saw, but l found it too corny.

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