Batman vs. Robin is a 2015 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the second installment of the Batman vs. Robin film series and the sequel to the 2014 film Batman World Tour. The film was directed by Matt Reeves and written by Drew Pearce. It stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Robin Wright as the title characters, with Joe Manganiello, Leslie Chew, and Joel Kinnaman in supporting roles. The plot follows a retired Batman and Robin who team up to save Gotham City from Scarecrow and the Purge, two of Batman’s most dangerous enemies.
Which Actor Is the Best Bat-Man?
Amongst the many actors who’ve played the role of Batman over the years, which one is the best? The debate has raged for decades, and while there’s no easy answer, let’s have a look at the three main contenders for the title of Best Bat-Man:
1. Michael Keaton
The first person to play Batman on the big screen was Michael Keaton in the 1966 film Blake’s 7. He’s arguably the greatest Batman of all time, and it’s easy to see why. When he first donned the cowl, it was a refreshing change from the stoicism that had typified the superhero genre for decades. His performances in the subsequent films were somewhat uneven, but they never really waned in their appeal, and neither did his portrayal of Batman.
Even after 31 years, it’s still surprising how influential Keaton’s Batman has become. The character’s design is still used as a benchmark for future versions of the superhero, inspiring the suit that Benedict Cumberbatch wore in the 2018 film The Avengers. Keaton’s Batman is arguably the most popular of all time, and for good reason.
2. George Clooney
If you ask most people which actor portrayed Batman best, they’ll probably say Christian Bale. However, George Clooney’s portrayal of the titular character in the 2012 film The Dark Knight surpassed everyone’s expectations, and changed the way we look at the character forever. While it’s always nice to see a successful film, it’s even nicer when it means changing the game completely.
Clooney’s Batman is an intimidating figure, to say the least. The actor gave the character a more aggressive edge, which was a welcome change, and made us want to see more from the character. His performance in The Dark Knight inspired countless online debates, with many arguing that he stole the show. Since then, we’ve seen numerous actors step into the role, but none have come close to matching Clooney’s take on Batman.
3. Jack Nicholson
We’ve seen many different versions of Batman over the years, but few have been as prolific or as prominent as Jack Nicholson. The actor starred in the 1989 Batman, which was hailed at the time as the film that saved the franchise, and he went on to reprise the role in the 2005 sequel to that same film, Batman Begins. He also had a role in the upcoming 2019 film Godzilla vs. Kong, which is set to be released on May 19th.
What makes Nicholson’s Batman so memorable is that it diverged so completely from its source material. The character was often seen as very reserved in his private life, and his gruff voice was an exaggerated take on what the public knew of the character, which could be considered a commentary on fame and how it changed him. His performance in the 1989 film is one of the greatest of all time, and it made him one of the most recognizable actors of his generation. His legacy as an actor will live on in everyone’s minds for years to come.
The debate over who is the best Bat-Man will continue to rage on. There are many different characters to choose from, and many different opinions on what makes a good Batman. With so much variety, there’s something for everybody.