The Evolution of THE Batman.

Now that we all know who is the new Batman, let us take a look back at some of the notable actors who donned the infamous cape and brought the DC Comics beloved Superhero to life.

 

 

Adam West (‘Batman’ TV Series, 1966-68)
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Adam West

Batman TV Series

1966 – 68

Adam West and the TV Series that started all the Batman fandom in live action.  It aired on ABC for three seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968.  The first two seasons aired twice in a week,  resulting in the production of a total of 120 episodes.

 

 

Michael Keaton (‘Batman,’ ‘Batman Returns,’ 1989-92)
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Michael Keaton

Batman, Batman Returns

1989 – 92

With Tim Burton at the helm, this era of Batman was described as dark and brooding at that time, well not as dark and brooding as the ones made by Nolan.  When Michael Keaton was cast in the 1989 film, comic fans made a protest to Warner Bros.  To everyone’s surprise, his portrayal clicked and spawned a sequel, Batman Returns.  He was supposed to star for a third one, but he backed out when Burton also left.

 

 

Val Kilmer ('Batman Forever,' 1995)
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Val Kilmer

Batman Forever

1995

Val Kilmer took over for Keaton in Joel Schumacher‘s Batman Forever.  Although it was a box office success, the movie was bombed by the critics.  Kilmer decided not to return for Batman & Robin because he thought that Batman’s heroic character was marginalized by a string of multiple villains.  For me, I think it’s all because of the batsuit nipples.

 

 

George Clooney (‘Batman & Robin,’ 1997)
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George Clooney

Batman & Robin

1997

And then the road took a turn from bad to worse.  The then E.R.-star George Clooney occupied the void made by Kilmer in Shumacher’s follow-up Batman & Robin.  The movie did not do very well with the fans, the critics, and at the box office and it continues to be mocked by everyone up until this day.  Again, it’s all about the nipples.

 

 

Christian Bale (Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' Trilogy, 2005-12)
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Christian Bale

Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

2005 – 12

And then came the new generation reboot.  Christopher Nolan‘s epic Batman trilogy was a huge success both at the box office and with the critics.  Christian Bale displayed an impressive dedication as he gained over 100 pounds for his role.  Batman Begins reestablished the popular character that lead to a spectacular sequel The Dark Knight — which grossed over a billion dollars (9th highest grossing film of all time) and a posthumous Academy Award for Heath Ledger — and another massive hit, The Dark Knight Rises, which closed the fantastic trilogy .  This is definitely the best Batman era yet.

(Read my Movie Review for The Dark Knight Rises HERE)

(Read my Movie Review of the new DC movie Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice HERE)

 

 

 

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