Special Report

All the Batman Actors Ranked From Worst to Best

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4. Ben Affleck
> Appearances as Batman: 3
> Top-rated Batman film: Justice League (2017)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman films: 6.1/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman films: 63%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman films: 32%

It took DC fans by surprise when Ben Affleck was announced as the next Batman back in 2013, though he appears to have exceeded expectations. He’ll tackle the role for the fourth time in “The Flash,” which is scheduled to arrive in 2022. The film also stars Michael Keaton as an older version of the caped crusader who exists in an alternate reality.

3. Adam West
> Appearances as Batman: 4
> Top-rated Batman appearance: Batman (TV Series) (1966-1968)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman appearances: 7.5/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman appearances: 79%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman appearances: 62%

Adam West’s performance of the Dark Knight was anything but dark, with both the early TV series and companion film being campy comedies. He later provided the voice of Batman for a number of animated shows and also reprised the role for a 1979 live-action TV special called “Legends of the Superheroes.” Singular in his style, West remained a pop culture icon long after he hung up the batsuit.

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2. Christian Bale
> Appearances as Batman: 3
> Top-rated Batman film: The Dark Knight (2008)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman films: 8.6/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman films: 93%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman films: 89%

Bale brought a gruff tone and grim disposition to the role of Batman for Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster trilogy. Both he and the director turned down an offer from Warner Bros. to deliver a fourth installment.

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1. Michael Keaton
> Appearances as Batman: 2
> Top-rated Batman film: Batman (1989)
> Avg. IMDb rating for Batman films: 7.3/10
> Avg. RT audience rating for Batman films: 79%
> Avg. Tomatometer rating for Batman films: 76%

Michael Keaton’s version of Batman took the character into serious terrain and helped redefine comic book movies in the process. He later parodied his own legacy in the Oscar-winning drama “Birdman,” playing a former superhero actor with some egotistical baggage. He is playing the role once again in the upcoming film “The Flash.”