Batman’s Cinematic History, Broken Down by Actor

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Batman is one of the biggest superheroes of all time, and that’s been reflected by his nearly ubiquitous presence on big screens since the late 1980s. This June, Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck are both returning to their roles as different versions of the Caped Crusader in “The Flash” movie, so we thought we’d revisit Bruce Wayne – aka Batman’s – long cinematic history.

Adam West starred as Batman in the titular TV series for three seasons in the 1960s, and that TV show also got a movie adaptation, “Batman: The Movie.” Keaton put his own touch on the character in “Batman” and “Batman Returns,” both directed by Tim Burton. Then director Joel Schumacher put his own touch on the character, making two movies starring first Val Kilmer and then George Clooney as Wayne.

Christopher Nolan had a darker take on the character with his “The Dark Knight Trilogy” starring Christian Bale. Years later, Batman entered the DC Extended Universe via Ben Affleck. And in 2022, Robert Pattinson put on the iconic cowl to put his own mark on the character. Plus, Will Arnett put his own twist on the character in a strange (but very funny) format – the Lego movies.

Ahead, these are all the major Batman movies (and film appearances) organized by actor.

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