Now that Ben Affleck is reportedly not going to be Batman anymore, the field is wide-open for a new kid in the pointy-eared hat.  If I had my way, we’d get someone younger than 45, if only so that the DCEU can stop leaning so hard on ‘The Dark Knight Returns.’  The biggest problem with casting a a live action Batman is always the fact that there are so many well-known and incompatible takes on the characters.  Some people only see Batman as a wry, avuncular figure in a silken mask while others won’t stand for a lack of grimdark throat-clearing.  With so many alternate Bat-tales out to choose from, the film history of the Caped Crusader is almost like choosing your favorite Beatle: It says as much about you as it does about the band, leading to today’s cowled query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) expects that people will try to write-in Kevin Conroy, but cartoons are not live action by this definition, or else I’d vote Olan Soule, asking: Which is the best Live Action Batman and why is it Val Kilmer?


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  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Val was the best at conjuring a believable Bruce and Bats while elevating the material around him and keeping it fun.

    Other than Adam West, that is.

  2. Keaton – he was the first Batman I really knew of. Like Malone, I was young when it came out (8). I thought Keaton did a great job of splitting the personality, especially in Batman Returns.

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