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2022-01-16 7:44:42 PM  
They got #1 right.
 
2022-01-16 7:46:50 PM  

RolfBlitzer: They got #1 right.


No they didn't. They didn't even mention Kevin Conroy; who technically qualifies after playing Batman live-action for Crisis on Infinite Earths.
 
2022-01-16 7:52:02 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: RolfBlitzer: They got #1 right.

No they didn't. They didn't even mention Kevin Conroy; who technically qualifies after playing Batman live-action for Crisis on Infinite Earths.


Do you think Arrowverse Batman is better than Bale?
 
2022-01-16 8:22:45 PM  
Not as high as the newsie Batman but higher than the doctor Batman?

See how dumb this "hanging on the one roll he played" sounds?
 
2022-01-16 8:35:15 PM  

RolfBlitzer: RoyFokker'sGhost: RolfBlitzer: They got #1 right.

No they didn't. They didn't even mention Kevin Conroy; who technically qualifies after playing Batman live-action for Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Do you think Arrowverse Batman is better than Bale?


On pretty much all levels, yes. Admittedly, Conroy had way better writing to work with than Bale did.
 
2022-01-16 8:37:20 PM  
West Batman is Best Batman
 
2022-01-16 8:42:13 PM  

sniderman: West Batman is Best Batman


Durst Batman is Worst Batman.
 
2022-01-16 8:44:16 PM  
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2022-01-16 8:44:45 PM  
I used to call Pattinson the Sparkly Vampire too until I saw him play opposite Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse. Robert Pattinson is one heck of an actor who has a lot of versatilit. His Batman will probably end up being the best after Kevin Conroy in Batman TAS.
 
2022-01-16 8:53:32 PM  
Adam West is the greatest Batman.
 
2022-01-16 9:13:12 PM  

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yup that's what I was looking for
 
2022-01-16 9:15:32 PM  

RowdyPants: I used to call Pattinson the Sparkly Vampire too until I saw him play opposite Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse. Robert Pattinson is one heck of an actor who has a lot of versatilit. His Batman will probably end up being the best after Kevin Conroy in Batman TAS.


Both Kilmer and Clooney were considered good actors before taking on Batman. It's just as much up to the script and direction as it is to the man in the suit
 
2022-01-16 9:18:25 PM  

iheartscotch: Adam West is the greatest Batman.


he was the best at orgies
 
2022-01-16 9:27:06 PM  

Boojum2k: Both Kilmer and Clooney were considered good actors before taking on Batman. It's just as much up to the script and direction as it is to the man in the suit


Clooney was a good Bruce Wayne.
It was an awful movie, but he had "handsome, wealthy playboy" down pat!

I almost think Kilmer's Batman was written worse than Clooney's!  I mean the character itself, not the whole movie.

Kilmer could have been ok in a better movie.

I personally think Affleck's is the best I've seen.  It's not popular to say that and I'm not going to argue about it. But his take (especially in Suicide Squad and The Snyder Cut) I thought were great.

And I don't really like him in much else!
 
2022-01-16 9:38:25 PM  
Sean Connery was the best Batman.
 
2022-01-16 9:42:20 PM  
I think Keaton is vastly underrated. Bad writing and buffoonishly cartoon direction aside (IMO) his and Nicholson's performances really made the movie for me back in the day.
Overall though? I'm a Bale fan.
 
2022-01-16 9:43:19 PM  
Actually, I take back agreeing that Bale was the best. I know who the best (unofficial) Bat man is:

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2022-01-16 9:48:26 PM  

RowdyPants: I used to call Pattinson the Sparkly Vampire too until I saw him play opposite Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse.


Same people made gay cowboy jokes when Ledger got offered the Joker. They'll swear up and down that they didn't, and they were always on board with the decision, but they weren't.

Nobody hates franchise's more than their self-proclaimed "biggest fans."
 
2022-01-16 10:24:23 PM  
He's a really good actor.  I'm told.
 
2022-01-17 12:02:57 AM  

stoli n coke: RowdyPants: I used to call Pattinson the Sparkly Vampire too until I saw him play opposite Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse.

Same people made gay cowboy jokes when Ledger got offered the Joker. They'll swear up and down that they didn't, and they were always on board with the decision, but they weren't.

Nobody hates franchise's more than their self-proclaimed "biggest fans."


Being leery of a casting decision doesn't mean you hate the franchise. It just means you don't have the same vision of someone playing a role that the director does. If the fans had continued to complain about Ledger afterwards for reasons unrelated to his performance, then you could make a case about them being haters. But that obviously didn't happen.

Incidentally, before he officially selected Keaton, Tim Burton was seriously considering Bill Murray to play Batman. I like Batman movies and I like Murray, but I can't imagine that working. Maybe Bill would have surprised us and been the best Batman of them all, but honestly, how feasible does that sound to you?
 
2022-01-17 12:32:06 AM  
Being someone old enough to have seen the Batman TV show as a kid, even then, it came off as supremely stupid...not even camp...worse than camp. Not that West could do anything about it. The show was a pure joke. Coincidentally, the short-lived The Green Hornet with Van Williams and Bruce Lee was vastly underrated, IMO.

My issue with Keaton is he simply did not physically fit the part. Period. No matter how well he "acted" the part, I never bought him as anything but a guy in a bat suit.

Ben Affleck gets way too much shiat for how he plays the character since most of his failings are script related. At least he looks the part.

Bale in the first two movies is Batman...but it all goes off the rails in the third film.

The only way you can justify West as a good Batman is if you throw out the entire "Dark Knight" phase of Batman and only go from the '60s comic book phase...which, I get it, is when the TV series was produced...but it's like comparing From Russia With Love or Goldfinger to Skyfall or Casino Royale. Craig would eat Connery for lunch and have room for more. If you're going to compare icons from different time periods, well, good farkin' luck.
 
2022-01-17 12:42:30 AM  
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2022-01-17 12:48:34 AM  
What insane casting director would look at Keaton in Night Shiftand think "that is Batman!"

Not the campy Batman. Grimdark Gotham Knight as written by Frank Miller. They walked such a fine line with those first two films.

Bale
Kilmer
Every else fights for spot 4.
 
2022-01-17 1:16:07 AM  

BrianGriffin: Being someone old enough to have seen the Batman TV show as a kid, even then, it came off as supremely stupid...not even camp...worse than camp. Not that West could do anything about it. The show was a pure joke. Coincidentally, the short-lived The Green Hornet with Van Williams and Bruce Lee was vastly underrated, IMO.

My issue with Keaton is he simply did not physically fit the part. Period. No matter how well he "acted" the part, I never bought him as anything but a guy in a bat suit.

Ben Affleck gets way too much shiat for how he plays the character since most of his failings are script related. At least he looks the part.

Bale in the first two movies is Batman...but it all goes off the rails in the third film.

The only way you can justify West as a good Batman is if you throw out the entire "Dark Knight" phase of Batman and only go from the '60s comic book phase...which, I get it, is when the TV series was produced...but it's like comparing From Russia With Love or Goldfinger to Skyfall or Casino Royale. Craig would eat Connery for lunch and have room for more. If you're going to compare icons from different time periods, well, good farkin' luck.


While I don't share your opinions, they're a good example of why there's no such thing as a definitive list of "best" Batmen. It's much too influenced by which version of Batman you like most (or least).
 
2022-01-17 2:35:04 AM  
I would have loved to see Keaton in the Nolan movies. After seeing Keaton as the vulture I feel he could have nailed it, maybe not the physical appearance.

Interested for big screen flash point
 
2022-01-17 2:46:27 AM  
Pattinson looks like a greasy methed-up Bruce while simultaneously not having the physical presence for the suit.
 
2022-01-17 4:34:02 AM  
Christian Bale played an excellent Bruce Wayne. Shame it was in American Psycho.
 
2022-01-17 6:53:27 AM  
Christian Bale was a good Bruce Wayne. He was a terrible Batman. That suffocating batlisp kills his Batman for me.

At least the first two movies we had Liam Neeson and Heath Ledger to carry the Batman portions. I liked Hardy's style of speaking in the Bane mask, but the rest of the characters in the 3rd film couldn't, could not, distract from that terrible no good gasping lisp. Even with the vocal effects they added. Just the worst.
 
2022-01-17 8:17:07 AM  
I used to work with a middle-aged boob who would still occasionally rail against Disco music. He said that "rockers" like him (late 50s at the time) were programmed to hate Disco and he just couldn't help it. He'd go off on Disco music for twenty minutes at a time.

That's what this "sparkle Batman" thing sounds like to me.
 
2022-01-17 8:35:34 AM  
There's only one Batman I trust with a bomb.

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2022-01-17 9:58:06 AM  

RowdyPants: I used to call Pattinson the Sparkly Vampire too until I saw him play opposite Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse. Robert Pattinson is one heck of an actor who has a lot of versatilit. His Batman will probably end up being the best after Kevin Conroy in Batman TAS.


He was also great in "The King". Honestly had no idea it was him until the credits.
 
2022-01-17 10:12:48 AM  

nocturn: Christian Bale was a good Bruce Wayne. He was a terrible Batman. That suffocating batlisp kills his Batman for me.

At least the first two movies we had Liam Neeson and Heath Ledger to carry the Batman portions. I liked Hardy's style of speaking in the Bane mask, but the rest of the characters in the 3rd film couldn't, could not, distract from that terrible no good gasping lisp. Even with the vocal effects they added. Just the worst.


Bale's Batman voice is easily the worst thing about the Nolan movies, I think. Especially at the end of The Dark Knight, it throws everything off. And it was much better in Batman Begins, strange that they went so far with that raspy growl.
Conversely, I thought it was a good idea to have Ben Affleck's Batman use a voice modification. I mean, it only makes sense. The guy is in disguise, why not disguise his voice? I'd also agree that Batfleck had the necessary physicality, it's about the only time I can think of where Batman is larger than Superman.
But, this isn't Jack Reacher. Batman's size is totally and completely tied into the character to the same extent as apparently it is with 6'5 250 Jack Reacher.

Boojum2k: RowdyPants: I used to call Pattinson the Sparkly Vampire too until I saw him play opposite Willem Dafoe in The Lighthouse. Robert Pattinson is one heck of an actor who has a lot of versatilit. His Batman will probably end up being the best after Kevin Conroy in Batman TAS.

Both Kilmer and Clooney were considered good actors before taking on Batman. It's just as much up to the script and direction as it is to the man in the suit


I don't think Clooney cared, he struck me as if he'd regretted taking the role immediately and mailed in his performance. Plus, I think he was hurt.
Kilmer wasn't really the problem with his Batman movie, but he could have been better. I disagree with the author of TFA in that I didn't really think Kilmer created two separate identities for his Bruce Wayne and Batman, maybe I'm not remembering the movie all that well, but I recall him playing both identities exactly the same. His Bruce Wayne even kicks the crap out of a bunch of Two Face's thugs in front of everyone.
 
2022-01-17 12:09:33 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: RolfBlitzer: They got #1 right.

No they didn't. They didn't even mention Kevin Conroy; who technically qualifies after playing Batman live-action for Crisis on Infinite Earths.


And I'm sure the 0.8 share of the television viewing audience that still watches the CW shows agrees with you.
 
2022-01-17 12:17:07 PM  

Great_Milenko: And I'm sure the 0.8 share of the television viewing audience that still watches the CW shows agrees with you.


Crisis on Infinite Earths on The CW was better than a lot of movies in the theater.
Maybe not budget wise, but certainly far more entertaining.

Having said that, Kevin Conroy didn't do anything as Batman but it canonized his live action performance as Batman.
 
2022-01-17 2:01:06 PM  
I grew up on reruns of West Batman, and loved Keaton's Batman when it hit the theatres, which was around my 19th birthday.

Now I find all of them utterly unwatchable.  It's embarrassing garbage - especially the Schumacher crap, but notwithstanding the Burton one as well.

I can rewatch any of the Nolan Batman movies, and while I do find Bale's Batman voice off-putting and at times difficult to even understand, they are superior movies and Bale's role enhances the movies, it doesn't detract from them.

As for Kevin Conroy's mention - I really like most of the DCU Animated movies - the writing is far superior and the characterization is consistent.  The voice acting is well done as well.  I'm sure I'll find myself on the wrong end of some people's counter-opinion, but I have watched plenty of Arrow (4-ish seasons), Flash (maybe 5 or more seasons), Supergirl (1 season) and Batwoman (1 episode) . . .and I don't know if somewhere along the way it got better, but the CW stuff I saw was lazy writing that any high school kid could have scribbled together with largely mailed in acting and over-the-top guest spots with lazily written conclusions.  I can't imagine the inclusion of Batman into that could have somehow been good, but not having seen it, I guess I can't really weigh in.

I don't know how well Pattinson will fare, but honestly the bar isn't set all that high in my opinion to slot into a top-3 position.
 
2022-01-17 3:26:07 PM  

Great_Milenko: RoyFokker'sGhost: RolfBlitzer: They got #1 right.

No they didn't. They didn't even mention Kevin Conroy; who technically qualifies after playing Batman live-action for Crisis on Infinite Earths.

And I'm sure the 0.8 share of the television viewing audience that still watches the CW shows agrees with you.


That's the point. If Conroy's Batman portrayal was more popular, Farkers would have to claim they didn't like it.
It's the same type of people that swear up and down that George Lazenby was the best James Bond.
 
2022-01-17 4:28:58 PM  

stoli n coke: Great_Milenko: RoyFokker'sGhost: RolfBlitzer: They got #1 right.

No they didn't. They didn't even mention Kevin Conroy; who technically qualifies after playing Batman live-action for Crisis on Infinite Earths.

And I'm sure the 0.8 share of the television viewing audience that still watches the CW shows agrees with you.

That's the point. If Conroy's Batman portrayal was more popular, Farkers would have to claim they didn't like it.
It's the same type of people that swear up and down that George Lazenby was the best James Bond.


By that reasoning, shouldn't Farkers be claiming Conroy did a terrible voiceover job for the animated series and the only good cartoon Batman was Olan Soule's?

A few contrarians does not a trend make.
 
2022-01-17 4:34:30 PM  
The most glaring sign that Sparkly Macmeth is going to stink up the box office is the irrational ball-fondling (Warner payoffs) he's getting everywhere.
Reminds me of Hayden Christensen "oh he was da shiat in some obscure Eastern European mob-financed indie nobody gave a shiat about."
 
2022-01-17 5:50:50 PM  

RolfBlitzer: They got #1 right.


I don't know... there's an argument to be made to flip #1 and #2.

And given the trailers (as well as his eclectic filmography outside of Sparkles trilogy), I'm optimistic Pattinson can be #3, #2 or even #1.

We'll see.
 
2022-01-17 5:51:35 PM  

sniderman: West Batman is Best Batman


Sure. And I bet you put pineapples on your pizza, too?
 
2022-01-17 6:27:04 PM  

Bslim: The most glaring sign that Sparkly Macmeth is going to stink up the box office is the irrational ball-fondling (Warner payoffs) he's getting everywhere.
Reminds me of Hayden Christensen "oh he was da shiat in some obscure Eastern European mob-financed indie nobody gave a shiat about."


Because no movie promotion before now has ever involved bragging about its stars? That's pretty standard advertising.
 
2022-01-17 9:34:45 PM  
 
2022-01-18 1:15:52 AM  

Social Justice Warlock: sniderman: West Batman is Best Batman

Sure. And I bet you put pineapples on your pizza, too?


made me laugh.
 
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