DC fans might have enjoyed Ben Affleck’s version of Batman, but it looks like the rest of America doesn’t feel that way.
The Hollywood Reporter and the Morning Consult just recently held a poll asking its followers who they considered the Best Batman Actor of All Time, and it looks like Christian Bale’s take the cape, narrowly beating another fan-favorite Batman actor, Michael Keaton.
Thirty-nine percent of the people surveyed in THR’s pole gave Bale a pretty favorable rating as the Batman while thirty-eight percent responded to Keaton’s version of the Dark Knight. Surprisingly, George Clooney came in third at nineteen percent, while Ben Affleck came in fourth at eighteen percent.
The last on the list is Val Kilmer, raking in seventeen percent of those who were surveyed.
Of course, DC fans can contest this listing. Bale might be a fan-favorite Batman actor, but many argue that it was the direction of Christopher Nolan that made the actor’s version of the Caped Crusader so great. Some argue that it was Heath Ledger’s Joker who had actually made Bale’s Batman so memorable.
There are DC fans who prefer Affleck’s Batman, noting that the DCEU star’s physique made for a great Batman. Though the use of guns was a turn off for many, fans loved the warehouse sequence in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Together with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Affleck’s Batman was considered one of the best things to come out of the film. Some even considered Affleck as a particularly great Bruce Wayne.
How about you? Who’s your favorite Batman? Feel free to share your thoughts on the big screen.