Total Nerd

The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked  

Ranker Entertainment
74.5k votes 12.4k voters 118.7k views 21 items

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, often creating their own batsuit evolution—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

Batman Begins (2005)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Age: 45

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

More Christian Bale

#32 of 1167 on The Best Actors in Film History #3 of 267 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today featuring The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked

Is he the best Batman?
see more on Christian Bale
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked
Photo: Warner Bros.

Batman (1989)

Batman Returns (1992)

Age: 67

Birthplace: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, United States of America

More Michael Keaton

#91 of 1167 on The Best Actors in Film History #48 of 126 on The Best Living American Actors featuring The Best Michael Keaton Movies The Best Michael Keaton Film Character

Is he the best Batman?
see more on Michael Keaton
Kevin Conroy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked
Photo: Fox Kids/Warner Bros. Television

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, USA

More Kevin Conroy

#22 of 123 on The All-Time Best Voice Actors #24 of 184 on Celebrities You Feel Like You Know

Is he the best Batman?
see more on Kevin Conroy
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Batman, Ranked
Photo: ABC

Batman (1966-1968)

Batman: The Movie (1966)

Age: 90

Birthplace: Walla Walla, Washington, United States of America

More Adam West

#8 of 85 on The Best Celebrity Cameos In 'SpongeBob SquarePants' #22 of 70 on The Best Actors from DC Movies #18 of 54 on The Best Actors in Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows featuring Adam West Partied Hard Behind The Scenes Of The Kid-Friendly ‘Batman’ TV Series

Is he the best Batman?
see more on Adam West