Im March 2016, the release of "Batman vs. Superman" introduced a new actor to the role of Batman, Ben Affleck.
The next film to feature the character Batman will come in 2017, with Will Arnett voicing Batman in "The Lego Batman Movie."
The character of Batman is now over 70 years old, but his fame is no less for it.
Batman was created by Bob Kane in 1939, and today is considered by IGN to be the No. 2 superhero of all time, losing the No.1 spot to Superman.
However, unlike the Kryptonian Kal-El, the Caped Crusader hails from the planet Earth and has no super powers of his own. Instead, he defeats evil through intellect, technology, wealth, martial arts skills and pure intimidation.
Since his creation, playing Batman has been an honor that has launched many an actor to his fame. To follow are the 11 men who, from 1943 to the present day, have had such an honor.
Wilson was the first actor to portray Batman in 1943 when the character was only four years old. He was also the youngest actor to play the adult Bruce Wayne/Batman on screen at 23 years old. Lewis Wilson is the father of Michael G. Wilson, executive producer of the James Bond series.
Lowery was the second actor to play Batman in 1949 in “The New Adventures of Batman and Robin.” He was born in Kansas City, Mo., and began his acting career in 1938 when he was signed to Fox. His film and stage career lasted well into the 1960s.
The Batman comic books made a big impression on 10-year-old West, who saw the hero as part bat-man and part world’s greatest detective. In 1966 he achieved fame in the ABC TV series “Batman,” as well as in the movie version that came out that same year. Bob Kane, creator of the comic book Batman, gave West a drawing with the inscription, “To my buddy, Adam, who breathed life into my pen and ink creation.”
Traditionally a comedian, thousands of fans wrote letters of complaint when Tim Burton chose Keaton to play the Caped Crusader in his 1989 film “Batman,” but Keaton proved successful enough to earn a sequel in 1992 in “Batman Returns.”
Conroy is best known for being the voice of Batman in the 1992 animated series. A Julliard graduate, most of his career was devoted to stage and television. He played the voice of Batman for more than 10 years, including five different TV shows, six animated movies and two video games, playing Batman longer than any other actor in history
Kilmer took over for Michael Keaton in the 1995 movie “Batman Forever.” Born in Los Angeles, he studied at Hollywood’s Professional’s School and in Julliard’s drama program. He began his career on stage and has been in movies such as “Top Gun” and played roles such as Elvis Presley and Doc Holliday.
Clooney turned down the staring role in “Jack Frost” to do “Batman & Robin” in 1997. The part in “Jack Frost” was then given to Michael Keaton, who had previously stared as Batman. Originally a broadcast journalist, Clooney quit his job and moved to L.A. in 1982 and slept in a friend’s closet for a year before he got his first role.
Romano is a Canadian actor who played the voice of Batman in the 2004 animated series.
Bale, who was born in Wales, is the first non-American actor to play Batman. He did an American accent in all his interviews for "Batman Begins" in 2005 in order to not confuse his audience. He gained 80 pounds to play the role and will be the first actor to play Batman in three consecutive live-action movies—in “The Dark Knight” in 2008, and now “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012. The Oscar award-winning actor has been in movies since he was 14, starting his career in Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun.”
Affleck’s breakthrough role came from “Good Will Hunting,” which he and friend Matt Damon both starred in and co-wrote. He has also starred in "Armageddon," "Shakespeare in Love," "Daredevil," as well as directed "Argo."
Will Arnett voiced Batman in "The Lego Movie." Arnett has also voiced characters in "Despicable Me" and "Ratatouille."
Warner Bros. Pictures announced a spin-off film from "The Lego Movie" focused on Batman, "The Lego Batman Movie." The movie will be in theaters in 2017. A teaser trailer is now available on YouTube.