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Actors Who've Portrayed Batman On The Big Screen

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By Carol Cassada

Filming is now underway for the new Batman movie. Yesterday, director Matt Reeves gave fans a glimpse at the film when he revealed a video showing actor Robert Pattinson in the Batsuit.

The revelation of the Pattinson's Batsuit had fans excited about the upcoming film, which will be released in the summer of 2021.

At first, fans were skeptical about the Twilight actor taking over the role as The Caped Crusader. But now it seems that fans are willing to give him a chance.

Pattinson joins a long list of famous actors who've portrayed the iconic superhero on the big screen.

Michael Keaton

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In 1989, Michael Keaton signed on to play the Caped Crusader in director Tim Burton's film.

Many were skeptical over Keaton's casting because prior to that he was mainly known for comedic roles.

However, Keaton proved fans wrong with his portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Keaton's Batman had to face off against Jack Nicholson's Joker. Keaton and Nicholson's performances made the movie a success

Keaton would go on to reprise the role in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns. Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman and Danny DeVito played The Penguin.

Like the first film, Batman Returns was a critical and box-office success.

However, after the second movie, Keaton decided to walk away from his Batman role. His career tappered off a little, but in 2014 he made a comeback with his Academy Award nominated performance in Birdman.

Val Kilmer

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After Michael Keaton's departure, Val Kilmer stepped in to play the superhero in Joel Schumaker's 1995 film Batman Forever.

Joining Kilmer in the movie were Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris O'Donnell.

The film saw the introduction of Batman's partner Robin as they fought The Riddler and Two-Face.

Despite being a box-office success, Batman Forever received mixed reactions from critics.

Kilmer's portrayal of Batman was applauded by fans, however that would be the only time he played the superhero.

After the film, Kilmer decided to hang up his cape. Like Keaton, Kilmer's career did tapper off, but he's about to make a comeback with the 2020 film Top Gun: Maverick

George Clooney

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George Clooney was already a hit star on the NBC show ER when he signed on to play Batman.

In 1997, he joined Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Uma Thurman in the movie Batman & Robin.

The film showed the creation of Batgirl as she teamed with Batman and Robin to take down Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy.

The film didn't do well at the box-office, and Clooney's performance was panned by critics. Even Clooney admitted that he should never have played the superhero.

Despite the backlash, Clooney's career wasn't affected. Today, he's one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors/directors.

Christian Bale

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In 2005, it was Christian Bale's turn to play the Caped Crusader when he joined director Christopher Nolan's film Batman Begins.

The film chronicled Bruce Wayne's journey as he became Batman.

Bale's co-stars included: Katie Holmes, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, and Cillian Murphy.

Batman Begins went on to gross $37- million at the box-office. Despite some skepticism at first, Bale's portrayal of Batman was applauded by critics and fans.

Bale would go on to portray the superhero in the film's two sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Ben Affleck

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When it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie, there was a lot of criticism before filming started.

Many felt that Affleck wasn't the right choice to play Batman and that his performance would be lackluster.

However, Affleck proved critics and fans wrong.

Affleck and Henry Cavill won audiences over with their portrayal of the two superheroes who fight each other throughout the film.

Batman v Superman grossed more than $800 million at the box-office.

Affleck would go on to reprise his role as Batman in The Justice League, and he also had a brief cameo in the Suicide Squad film.

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