Who is truly the better Batman?

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#1 Edited by Sci_Fi_Rulez (1059 posts) - - Show Bio

Micheal Keaton,Christian Bale,Kevin Conroy

Adam West

Include facts,how is better then another,originality,voice and just who portrayed batman better

#2 Posted by Manhunter2070 (120 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm always gonna have to go for Bale, I feel he captured the three sides of Bruce Wayne the best, though he was far from perfect as Batman. He's also the only one that actually looked like he could kick someone's ass. Though I am biased because he's my fave actor regardless. 
 
That said, I do love the others for nostalgic reasons, Keaton especially because i love his performance, and Adam West because he was the first Batman I ever saw. Kevin Conroy is amazing, but I don't count him because voice acting is a different set of skills.

#3 Posted by sunhawk (550 posts) - - Show Bio

Adam West - He was a perfect representation of silver age batman.

#4 Posted by Joygirl (19951 posts) - - Show Bio

Kevin Conroy, savage, HEINOUSLY savage curbstomp, filled with win and stompage and being-much-better-ness.

#5 Posted by Frozen (16086 posts) - - Show Bio

Conroy. But live-action? Bale was the best Wayne AND the best Batman. Period. You can like Keaton all you want but Bale's Batman was simply superior - better fighter, tougher, etc. Also to the OP, I'm pretty sure this has been done before.

#6 Posted by Z3RO180 (6703 posts) - - Show Bio

Who other than the Voise of the Bat. Kevin Conroy is the best batman mainly due to the fact that he's been batman for over 20 years and is still going. When ever I read a batman book his is the Voise I hear when I read batmans dialogue and inner monologue

#7 Posted by Death Certificate (5408 posts) - - Show Bio

Kevin Conroy>>>>>>>>>Everybody else

#8 Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan (3825 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm pretty sure most would say Conroy but for Live action although I think Keaton was more batman-esque Bale is my favorite, his performance was great.

#9 Posted by SUNMAN (7265 posts) - - Show Bio

Christian Bale, box office says it all

#10 Posted by GodDamnIronMan (1553 posts) - - Show Bio

Clearly the best Batman would be Conroy's voice + Bale's Performance...the best combination so far IMO.

#11 Posted by havoc1201 (521 posts) - - Show Bio

I just watch Batman with Keaton again and man I love when he first shows up on the roof top and pick the dude up and holds him over the edge and says "I'm Batman" It still rocks, and if it was not for the Burton Batman movies we would not have TAS but I think Keaton was a great Batman for the Burton Flicks and Bale was a great Batman for Nolans version.

#12 Posted by ssejllenrad (12790 posts) - - Show Bio

Best bat voice - conroy

Worst bat voice - bale

Best batman - keaton

Best bruce wayne - bale

#13 Posted by sumafatrider (59 posts) - - Show Bio

agreed ^^^^

#14 Posted by NiKva (94 posts) - - Show Bio

Kevin Conroy

#15 Posted by Jack Donaghy (1122 posts) - - Show Bio

Conroy overall but for live action I'm going with Bale. West was perfect for a Silver Age Batman though and is my 2nd favorite live action Batman.

#16 Posted by Crom-Cruach (8869 posts) - - Show Bio

@Joygirl said:

Kevin Conroy, savage, HEINOUSLY savage curbstomp, filled with win and stompage and being-much-better-ness.
#17 Posted by JakeN7 (13174 posts) - - Show Bio

@Joygirl said:

Kevin Conroy, savage, HEINOUSLY savage curbstomp, filled with win and stompage and being-much-better-ness.

This

#18 Posted by spinningbirdcake (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

@Joygirl said:

Kevin Conroy, savage, HEINOUSLY savage curbstomp, filled with win and stompage and being-much-better-ness.
#19 Edited by Saucedo17 (135 posts) - - Show Bio

Adam West he can punch you soo hard that words describing the impacts will spontaneously materialize out of thin air

#20 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1389 posts) - - Show Bio

For me, its Arkham batman!

#21 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (18706 posts) - - Show Bio

Well for live action I have to go with Bale for live action and Conroy for voice acting.

#22 Posted by Nathaniel_Christopher (1684 posts) - - Show Bio

Conroy, then Bale, followed by Keaton

#23 Posted by sunhawk (550 posts) - - Show Bio
#24 Edited by inchiso (147 posts) - - Show Bio

@ssejllenrad said:

Best bat voice - conroy

Worst bat voice - bale

Best batman - keaton

Best bruce wayne - bale

what do u mean by best batman ?? like the overall score??

Edit: cuz keaton had bit of each like looks voice worsttt lolololo

#25 Posted by WonderHunter (121 posts) - - Show Bio

Christian Bale

#26 Posted by ImmortalT1000 (3170 posts) - - Show Bio

@SUNMAN said:

Christian Bale, box office says it all

#27 Posted by TheCannon (19367 posts) - - Show Bio

In order:

  • Michael Keaton
  • Kevin Conroy
  • Christian Bale (not denying his talent, but that voice... just, why? Plus he sucked fighting in Begins & TDK)
  • Adam West
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#28 Posted by PaperDemon (625 posts) - - Show Bio

Kevin Conroy.

#29 Posted by comicace3 (6579 posts) - - Show Bio

Kevin conroy for the win.

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#30 Posted by Alchemax_7 (347 posts) - - Show Bio

There is no favourite for me, I like them all for different reasons. Great portrayals by all.

#31 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29510 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol at Adam West being on this list.

#32 Posted by ssejllenrad (12790 posts) - - Show Bio

@inchiso said:

@ssejllenrad said:

Best bat voice - conroy

Worst bat voice - bale

Best batman - keaton

Best bruce wayne - bale

what do u mean by best batman ?? like the overall score??

Edit: cuz keaton had bit of each like looks voice worsttt lolololo

Best as in he best represents batman in my taste. And as for worst, i pick clooney. I bet even clooney would pick himself.

#34 Posted by Decoy Elite (29923 posts) - - Show Bio

I can honestly see a man like Adam West dressing up like a bat so that he can run around punching criminals. 

#35 Posted by fury714 (589 posts) - - Show Bio

Conroy's voice + Bale gets my vote as well. That's the perfect mesh. :)

#36 Posted by UnderDogs_OverBoard (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

I see how you dudes hate Clooney batman too much

AHAHAHA

#37 Posted by Mega_spidey01 (3078 posts) - - Show Bio
@ssejllenrad said:

Best bat voice - conroy

Worst bat voice - bale

Best batman - keaton

Best bruce wayne - bale

#38 Posted by KnightRise (4762 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham Batman!

#39 Posted by sunhawk (550 posts) - - Show Bio

Katherine Kane

#40 Edited by spidermonkey2099 (615 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Christian Bale
  2. Kevin Conroy
  3. Michael Keaton
  4. Bruce Greenwood
  5. Peter Weller
  6. Adam West

Assuming we are only talking about Bruce Wayne Batman (as opposed to Terry McGinnis Batman) then the rest aren't worth mentioning in my opinion.

#41 Edited by SugarNickVirga (11 posts) - - Show Bio

@frozen: Bale's Batman was a better fighter? I dont remember Keaton's Batman getting beat up by his Joker. I dont remember Keaton getting set on fire,getting manhandled by thugs etc Keaton's Batman had one competitive fight in 2 movies. He beat nearly everyone with ease. Bale's Batman trains for years in sword fighting at the edge of a cliff and then gets beat down by the Joker with a crowbar! Keaton's Batman was the better fighter not to mention smarter.

#42 Edited by Jayc1324 (13371 posts) - - Show Bio

@sugarnickvirga: batmans sonar vision was broken and he was using it at the time so he couldn't see. I'm sure if you got hit with a crowbar you would be hurt, right? And he was set on fire after being sprayed with fear gas.

At top form he beat bane, groups of ninjas at once, armed thugs and so on

#43 Edited by RustyRoy (13825 posts) - - Show Bio

All of them were great. Bale is the best live action Batman and Conroy is the best Batman.

#44 Posted by SugarNickVirga (11 posts) - - Show Bio

Well Adam West is the only silver age Batman and he was very accurate to the comics. Adam was my first Batman and he is the only live action Bat. Love Adam.

But the modern Batman for me is Michael Keaton. Keaton's expressions,his eyes....he really was like a silent film actor. he didnt have to have these long pretentious good vs evil speeches like Bale. He was a better fighter than Bale's bat. He was more intelligent considering that Keaton's bat built his batcave,gadgets and vehicles whereas Bale got everything from Lucius Fox.

Silver age Batman=Adam West

*Diedrich Bader was a great silver age Batman on "The Brave and the bold"

Modern Batman in live action= Keaton all the way

Animated Batman= Conroy

*Val Kilmer and "Forever" are underrated

#45 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23238 posts) - - Show Bio

It's totally unfair to put Conroy in there. Yes, he's amazing, but he's only doing half the work of the others.

Bale was the best.

#46 Posted by SugarNickVirga (11 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324: he struggled to beat 2 dogs,he was manhandled by Jokers goons at the Bruce Wayne party. I just dont buy that Bale's Batman is any kind of special fighter. If it werent for Batman shooting those things out of his wrist at Joker's face,Joker had the fight won. Joker was resting on top of Batman! I mean what kind of Batman is that?

Then you have inconsistencies. Sometimes Bale Bat can dodge gunfire but not punches. In all 3 films he dodges machine gun fire but then he stands still and gets shot by Harvey Dent's revolver pistol?

He throws Joker off a cliff and saves him with the bat robe gun. He knocks Dent off a ledge and lets him fall to his death???

I dont get it. Those movies were good because of the villains. The Bale Bat was unremarkable for me.

#47 Posted by The Stegman (25959 posts) - - Show Bio

Bale was the best live action Bruce Wayne/Batman. Conroy was the best animated Bruce Wayne/Batman

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#48 Posted by sinestro_GL (3321 posts) - - Show Bio

#49 Edited by MuyJingo (2136 posts) - - Show Bio

Conroy captured all aspects of the character best.

Bale's Bruce Wayne was great adn captured the idea of Bruce Wayne being a mask.

It's a shame his Batman eliminated the detective and intellectual aspects of the character, and had him be a clumsy fighter in bulky armor who kills.

#50 Posted by chrisj_1 (269 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324: he struggled to beat 2 dogs,he was manhandled by Jokers goons at the Bruce Wayne party. I just dont buy that Bale's Batman is any kind of special fighter. If it werent for Batman shooting those things out of his wrist at Joker's face,Joker had the fight won. Joker was resting on top of Batman! I mean what kind of Batman is that?

Then you have inconsistencies. Sometimes Bale Bat can dodge gunfire but not punches. In all 3 films he dodges machine gun fire but then he stands still and gets shot by Harvey Dent's revolver pistol?

He throws Joker off a cliff and saves him with the bat robe gun. He knocks Dent off a ledge and lets him fall to his death???

I dont get it. Those movies were good because of the villains. The Bale Bat was unremarkable for me.

One, so you're saying fighting off two rottweilers isn't an impressive feat? Dude you realize any sane man would be running away scared at that point. And I don't remember him getting manhandled I remember fighting them off until he gets kicked in the stomach with Joker's shoe knife. You got me on him getting beat by Joker though but then again he was fighting blind considering his malfunctioning sonar vision. And the throwing people off the cliff. Oh and you realize that Batman stood there to get shot by Harvey because he was just playing him so he can save Gordan's kid right? What do you think he would've done? Smoke bomb and risk the kid getting shot? Rush him and risk the kid getting shot? That's not an inconsistency.

And about Bale in general, I give him praise for his Bruce Wayne. I love the subtle shifts between his serious private self and his drunken facade. While I think his intro swimming with his girls in the fountain was a bit over the top the rest of his playboy Wayne is perfectly subtle and I like it. From mocking the party guests at the end of Begins to his speech to Harvey in Dark Knight and especially all the scenes with Lucius. His Batman was only passable though I agree but I don't agree with it being all about the villains to me it was more about how they portrayed the different sides of Bruce/Batman that made these movies good.

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