Total Nerd The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked  

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When it comes to superhero films, Batman has long been one of the best (and earliest) examples of these star-studded action movies—and the same could be said about the actors who play Batman. Whether you're talking some of the first few Batman films or the more modern takes on the tale, not to mention the voice actors in various animated series and video games, they've all provided great entertainment. Not only that, but all the Batman actors have done a fine job of portraying the original comic book superhero, as well as the different versions of Batman—but who did it best?

While Lewis Wilson, who was the first Batman, may have set the tone for Batman actors to come, those who took on the role in subsequent films and productions definitely stood up to the original performance. Of course, it's not just live-action films these actors starred in. As mentioned, some lent their deep, bass-like voices to animated Batman series and feature films, as well as video games. From the beloved Adam West in Batman (1966 - 1968) to the somewhat surprising Will Arnett in The Lego Movie, the actors who played Batman are quite the diverse group, but they all laid down some great performances. Perhaps one of the best actors to play Batman, however, is Christian Bale. He's landed the starring role in three Batman films and nailed them all. Nevertheless, Michael Keaton's performance in Batman Returns could also make him reign as one of the best Batman actors. What do you think?

Check out the complete list of Batman actors (and voice actors) below and vote up the guys you think handled the role best. Then check out who has played the other half of this dynamic duo.

Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
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Batman Begins (2005)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Age: 45

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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#25 on The Best Actors in Film History

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Kevin Conroy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked
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2 1,422 VOTES

Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)

The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999)

Batman Beyond (1999-2001)

Justice League (2001-2004)

Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)

Justice League Action (2016-present)

(Including 12 animated films and 14 video games)

Age: 63

Birthplace: Westbury, New York, United States of America

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#31 on The All-Time Best Voice Actors

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Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked
Photo: Warner Bros.
3 1,779 VOTES

Batman (1989)

Batman Returns (1992)

Age: 67

Birthplace: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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#39 on The Best Living American Actors

#11 on The Best Actors from DC Movies

#28 on Celebrity Men Over 60 You Wouldn't Mind Your Mom Dating

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Adam West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked
Photo: ABC
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Batman (1966-1968)

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Age: 90

Birthplace: Walla Walla, Washington, United States of America

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#25 on The Best Actors from DC Movies

#15 on The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows

#20 on The Coolest Celebrity Octogenarians

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