Which Actors Have Played Batman Over The Years?

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Batman, the serialized comic-strip character, has been played by many actors. Before there were Batman movies, there was Batman, the television series, which ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968. It starred Adam West as Batman, with Burt Ward as Robin.
Then came the movies. In 1989 Tim Burton cast Michael Keaton to play the lead role in what became the first Batman movie, titled simply, Batman. The movie became the highest-grossing film for 1989.

Following on that success, Batman Returns was released in 1992, again with Keaton playing the Caped Crusader. This, like its predecessor, was a financial and critical success. Fans enjoyed the darker, more tormented Batman and flocked to the box offices.

Batman Forever was released in 1995, but with Tim Burton in the role of producer. Michael Keaton did not want to play the lead role under new director Joel Schumacher, and turned down the offer to play Batman in this movie. The role then went to Val Kilmer. Batman Forever was the first film to introduce Batman’s sidekick, Robin, played by Chris O’Donnell. The film was lighter in tone than the prior two. It went on to make money, but was not the critical success that Batman and Batman Returns had become.

In 1997 Warner Brothers released Batman & Robin, with George Clooney in the title role. Chris O’Donnell reprised his role as Robin, and Alicia Silverstone was introduced as Batgirl. The film was critically panned, and had only moderate box office success.

2005 saw a re-introduction of the "dark knight" version of Batman, with Christian Bales starring as Batman in Batman Begins. This movie backtracked into how the murder of his parents affected Bruce Wayne and eventually led him to become Batman. Fans enjoyed the return to the mood of the first two movies, and it grossed $370 million worldwide.
Bales reprised his role in 2008’s The Dark Knight, where he battles the Joker, played by Heath Ledger, who died very shortly after filming was completed. This film also became a critical and financial success.
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After making the Dark Knight, will there be another movie or is this where it ends
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Absoletely amazing film and the joker deserved the oscar !
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There's been 7 actors to play Batman.  

Lewis Wilson in '43
Robert Lowery in '49
Adam West in '66
Michael Keaton in '89
Val Kilmer in '95
George Clooney in '97
Christian Bale in '05 and '07

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5 (Adam West 66-68, Michael Keaton 89 & 92, Val Kilmer 95, George Clooney 97, Christian Bale 05 & 08
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Actors who have played Batman over the years :
1. Lewis Wilson (Batman series in 1940s)
2. Adam West (Batman series in 1960s)
3. Michael Keaton
4. Val Kilmer
5. George Clooney
6. Kevin Conroy
7. Christian Bale

I like Lewis Wilson, Adam West, George Clooney and Kevin Conroy. They are perfect for the role.
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The actors who have played Batman are as follows in chronological order:

• Michael Keaton – 2 movies
• Val Kilmer – 1 movie
• George Clooney – 1 movie
• Christian Bale – 1 movie

Apart from these actors, there have been a number of television series based on the Dark Knight. The series in the 1960s was extremely popular and was syndicated all over the world. It might have been one of the reasons why Batman finally went into production as a full fledged movie.

Interestingly all the actors who have played Batman have been able to do other mainstream Hollywood projects. This has not been the case with other comic book heroes. The late Christopher Reeve could break out of the Superman mould. His image of Clark Kent and Superman was burnished into the hearts and minds of the audience. All the actors who played James Bond found it extremely difficult to do other roles. The shadow that Bond had cast always loomed large.
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Adam West -  T.v show in the 60's
Michael Keaton - Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992)
Kevin Conroy - Animated series and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Val Kilmer - Batman Forever (1995)
George Clooney - Batman & Robin (1997)
Christian Bale - Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008)
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Four different actors have played the role of Batman over the years in the official Warner Brothers series, while other actors played the character in the 1940s serial and 1960s live action series. In the Warner Brothers Batman films, Michael Keaton first played the role in 1989's Batman under the direction of Tim Burton. He reprised the role in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, before standing down before the third film due to Burton's lack of involvement. Val Kelme stepped into the costume for 1995's Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher, but was replaced by George Clooney in 1997's flop Batman and Robin, also directed by Schumacher. When the franchise returned to the screens in 2005 under Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale took on the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman in Batman Begins. He is also expected to appear in the projected 2008 sequel. In the 1940s television serials, Lewis Wilson starred as Batman, while in the 1960s the role was taken by Adam West. Kevin Conroy voiced Batman in DC's animated series, from the original Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), as well as several others. Reno Romano also voiced the character in separate animation The Batman from 2004 onwards.
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Batman, the serialized comic-strip character, has been played by many
actors. Before there were Batman movies, there was Batman, the
television series, which ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968. It starred Adam
West as Batman, with Burt Ward as Robin.


Then came the movies. In 1989 Tim Burton cast Michael Keaton to play the
lead role in what became the first Batman movie, titled simply, Batman.
The movie became the highest-grossing film for 1989.

Following on that success, Batman Returns was released in 1992, again
with Keaton playing the Caped Crusader. This, like its predecessor, was a
financial and critical success. Fans enjoyed the darker, more tormented
Batman and flocked to the box offices.

Batman Forever was released in 1995, but with Tim Burton in the role of
producer. Michael Keaton did not want to play the lead role under new
director Joel Schumacher, and turned down the offer to play Batman in
this movie. The role then went to Val Kilmer. Batman Forever was the
first film to introduce Batman’s sidekick, Robin, played by Chris
O’Donnell. The film was lighter in tone than the prior two. It went on
to make money, but was not the critical success that Batman and Batman
Returns had become.

In 1997 Warner Brothers released Batman & Robin, with George Clooney
in the title role. Chris O’Donnell reprised his role as Robin, and
Alicia Silverstone was introduced as Batgirl. The film was critically
panned, and had only moderate box office success.

2005 saw a re-introduction of the "dark knight" version of Batman, with
Christian Bales starring as Batman in Batman Begins. This movie
backtracked into how the murder of his parents affected Bruce Wayne and
eventually led him to become Batman. Fans enjoyed the return to the mood
of the first two movies, and it grossed $370 million worldwide.

Bales reprised his role in 2008’s The Dark Knight, where he battles the
Joker, played by Heath Ledger, who died very shortly after filming was
completed. This film also became a critical and financial success.
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Four different actors have played the role of Batman over the years in the official Warner Brothers series, while other actors played the character in the 1940s serial and 1960s live action series. In the Warner Brothers Batman films, Michael Keaton first played the role in 1989's Batman under the direction of Tim Burton. He reprised the role in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, before standing down before the third film due to Burton's lack of involvement. Val Kilmer stepped into the costume for 1995's Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher, but was replaced by George Clooney in 1997's flop Batman and Robin, also directed by Schumacher. When the franchise returned to the screens in 2005 under Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale took on the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman in Batman Begins. He is also expected to appear in the projected 2008 sequel. In the 1940s television serials, Lewis Wilson starred as Batman, while in the 1960s the role was taken by Adam West. Kevin Conroy voiced Batman in DC's animated series, from the original Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), as well as several others. Rino Romano also voiced the character in separate animation The Batman from 2004 onwards.
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Which batman drives a yellow Monty carlo with a giant batman sticker on the back window and a michigan plate that says Batman. Saw him on a road outside Traverse City during the cherry festival.
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jennifer berta answered
Most recently, Batman was played by Christian Bale in 2005's Batman Returns and will in the next one that is in production. Before that, Michael Keaton in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992); Val Kilmer played him in 1995's Batman Forever; George Clooney played Batman in the 1997 sequel, Batman and Robin (Chris O'Donnel played Robin).
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The 1960's television series that starred Adam West as Batman was originated by the movie of the same name and the same actor playing the title role. Also, Sean Connery played James Bond numerous times and never had a problem getting good movie roles after he quit playing 007.
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Christian bale, michael keaton, george clooney, adam west, val kilmer & kevin conroy
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I'm Batman...LoL...Only one true batman and he was Michael Keaton...Don't forget batslut, I love Alicia Silverstone... Bad choice of Hollywood to replace Michael...
Evelyn Profile
Evelyn answered
• Michael Keaton – 2 movies
• Val Kilmer – 1 movie
• George Clooney – 1 movie
• Christian Bale – 1 movie
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Lewis Wilson, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney & Christian Bale. That makes 6.
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Adam West - the original from the 60's TV show
Micheal Keaton
Val Kilmer
George Clooney
Christian Bale

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