Ben Affleck is the current Batman in popular culture and was first seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Dark Knight also appeared with Deadshot in Suicide Squad and will next feature in Justice League which is set for release late in 2017. Affleck has been in the business for a long time and in more recent times he has enjoyed success as a director with films such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo. The next Affleck movie is simply titled The Batman. As well as appearing as Bruce Wayne in the film he will also write and direct so there is much more Batfleck to come. By the time Affleck hangs up his cowl he would have played Bruce Wayne the most times, out of all of the Batmans. Stay up to date with Batman movie news with me on Twitter and Facebook.
Actors that have played Batman
Name - Ben Affleck
Born - August 15th, 1972, Berkeley, California, USA
Active Since - 1981
Batman's Rogues Gallery
Ben Affleck Batman Contract
Ben Affleck was approached shortly after Zack Snyder finished Man of Steel. Rumors for the role included Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling but Warner Bros executives landed on Affleck. Movieweb reported that the deal was for three movies which included Batman v Superman and two Justice League titles. Shortly after the release of BVS Affleck confirmed that he would be directing a solo Batman movie which he has written with Geoff Johns.The actor has always had a keen interest in comic books and even owned his own batcave at one point. Ben Affleck is among those that have starred in both Marvel and DC properties having dipped his toe in the genre in 2003's Daredevil.
Name - Christian Bale
Born - August 15th, 1972, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Active Since - 1982
Famously, Christian Bale worked with Christopher Nolan on the Dark Knight trilogy from 2005 to 2012. In the film we saw the origin of Batman which hadn't been done cinematically until the release of Batman Begins. We saw Bruce Wayne flee Gotham and begin training with the League of Shadows which ended in a showdown between Batman and his teach Ra's al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson). Christian Bale is known for gaining and losing weight rapidly also is said to have a photographic memory. In the Batman Begins Blu ray extras the stunt team describe that Bale was able to pick up most of the fight sequences within 20 minutes of watching the choreographed training videos. It is reported that the actor was offer a substantial sum to stay on as Bruce Wayne after the Dark Knight rises, which Bale refused. Although I would love to see Christian Bale back in the role of Batman in the DCEU (nothing against Affleck) we should be happy at the quality of Dark Knight movies Nolan and Bale were able to bring together. The Dark Knight ranks high in everyone's favorite movies and in my opinion is the best comic book movie ever made. If the movie is on TV when I happen to be watching I never turn it off. I haven't given it everything, not yet.
Name - George Clooney
Born - May 6th, 1961, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Active Since - 1978
Name - Val Kilmer
Born - December 31st, 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA
Active Since - 1977
Name - Michael Keaton
Born - September 5th, 1951, Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Active Since - 1975
Why Wasn't Michael Keaton in Batman Forever?
In 1989 fans were generally please with Tim Burton's take on Batman and praised Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight but it wasn't always that way. Back in the day, before the internet was a thing the world almost stopped when the public learned that the Batman would be played by Mr. Mom. Keaton would go on to star in a sequel to the 1989 Batman titled Batman Returns but would not return for a third outing in Batman Forever. The actor told CBS Sunday Morning that he turned down Batman 3 because "it sucked". Reports are that the sum was around $15 million. Alas Keaton turned down the offer of Batman 3 and instead, Val Kilmer would be the next actor to don the cape and cowl.
Name - Adam West
Born - September 19th, 1928, Walla Walla, Washington DC, USA
Active Since - 1954