Special Report

All the Batman Actors Ranked From Worst to Best

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9. George Clooney
> Appearances as Batman: 1
> Top-rated Batman film: Batman & Robin (1997)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman films: 3.8/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman films: 16%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman films: 12%

Clooney’s turn as the caped crusader was so disastrous that he later apologized for destroying the franchise (at the time). It didn’t help that “Batman & Robin” was also one of the most famously terrible films in recent history.

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8. Robert Lowery
> Appearances as Batman: 1
> Top-rated Batman film: Batman and Robin (1949)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman appearances: 6.1/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman appearances: N/A
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman appearances: N/A

Six years after the first official Batman film came a similarly serialized follow-up, with Robert Lowery now playing the title role. It was later released through Video On-Demand by audio commentary mocksters Rifftrax, a spin-off of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

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7. Lewis Wilson
> Appearances as Batman: 1
> Top-rated Batman film: The Batman (1943)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman films: 6.3/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman films: 61%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman films: N/A

Lewis Wilson made his big screen debut when he became the first actor to depict Batman in a feature film, which took the form of a 15-chapter serial. He was replaced by Robert Lowery for the 1949 sequel and left show business altogether soon after.

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6. Val Kilmer
> Appearances as Batman: 1
> Top-rated Batman film: Batman Forever (1995)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman films: 5.4/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman films: 32%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman films: 38%

Kilmer was exploring a bat cave in Africa the same day he was offered the role of Batman, which he took as a promising sign. He soon found himself saddled by a cumbersome suit and the outsized performances of co-stars Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones. “Batman Forever” was a major hit nevertheless and the highest domestic grosser of 1995.

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5. Will Arnett
> Appearances as Batman: 3
> Top-rated Batman film: The Lego Movie (2014)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman films: 7.5/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman films: 84%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman films: 90%

Comedian Will Arnett drew praises from former Batman actor Michael Keaton for his voice work in three animated Lego films. When asked if he’d ever play the role in a live-action movie, he responded, “What? And go through all that, and have to squeeze into the suit?”