If you haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises yet, I’m sure you’re moments from wetting yourself with anticipation. Indulge us in this BatWeek Open Form: What’s your favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman actor?

For some of us, nostalgia may play a factor. For others, acting muscle, or wit and charm. Either way, there’s plenty to choose from.

So, jump in, leave a comment, defend your position. Even if you’re a *shudder* Joel Schumacher fan, explain your choice.

Christian Bale

Yes yes yes. I know Bale is probably going to win the popularity contest. But there’s one mark against him in the Batman legacy: THE BATMAN VOICE!!! WHY DOES HE TALK LIKE THAT WHEN HE’S DRESSED AS BATMAN??! IT’S LIKE READING CAPSLOCKED YOUTUBE COMMENTS, THAT HAVE BEEN ITALICIZED, AND BOLDED. Seriously, dude! Need a lozenge? WHERE’S RACHEL!!??!?!??!?

 

George Clooney

Yeah… personally I don’t know how this happened. I’m just gonna leave it at that. Feel free to disagree with me, only please, explain why.

 

Val Kilmer

Oh, Val. I wanted to give you a shot, I really did, but one thing got in the way: Joel Schumacher. Yes, the nit-wit responsible for putting nipples on the batsuit. Val didn’t have a chance.

 

Michael Keaton

Now, this is the Batman I grew up with. Seeing Keaton power the batmobile through Gotham city with Danny Elfman’s iconic score blasting rocked my little world. Could you get any cooler than that? No. Do I regret taking all the screws out of my brother’s toy batmobile? Yes.

 

Adam West

West was well before my time, but I still love the guy. His cameo appearances crack me up and his attitude makes me smile. This bat-incarnation was a little before my time, but I remember watching the old-school Batman movie when I was young, and really enjoying the fun nature of it.

West doesn’t take himself too seriously now, and he didn’t then. All the man wanted to do was make your day a little brighter. And for that, we salute you, sir!

Dan Baker

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Dan works out his social anxieties by producing and directing films. He's a proud New Mexican, and prefers green over red.

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