Adam West was the first "Batman" ever gracing the screen on colour TV. Alongside "Robin", played by Burt Ward, he fought against the villains of the "Batman" world in 1966.
Adam West passed away in June 2017 at the age of 88. After Batman, he had starred in numerous other films, but the role of "Batman" in the ABC series of the same name was legendary and indisputably his greatest achievement.
In 1989, Micheal Keaton had the honour to save his hometown of Gotham from the evil "Joker". He grimly fought the mad villain, who was played by the amazing Jack Nicholson.
Michael Keaton's career really took off after he played "Batman" in 1989. In 2015, he was even nominated for an Academy Award, due to his performance in the film Birdman. He also played a villain for a change in 2017, when starring opposite to Tom Hollander in the blockbuster Spiderman: Homecoming.
Val Kilmer played "Batman" in Batman Forever, which was released 1995. Back then, Nicole Kidman was the stunning woman at the hero's side!
As we all know, Val Kilmer kept on acting after Batman and he still does today. By now he has also found happiness in his private life, with his wife Joanne Whalley and their two children.
In 1997 Hollywood star George Clooney slipped into the legendary "Batman" suit. Contrary to all expectations, however, this "Batman" film ended up being the worst of all of them. Batman & Robin was a flop with the critics and the audiences...
The role of the hero who freed his hometown of crime seems to just not have fitted Clooney. Other than at the "Batman" film in 1997 the actor is totally successful with all of his films and projects - no exceptions!
For the so-called "Dark Knight" trilogy, Christopher Nolan - who directed all three of these films, chose Christian Bale to play "Batman". This is a scene from the second film, The Dark Knight, together with the legendary "Joker", played by Heath Ledger.
In another, more recent film project called Backseat, Christian Bale portrays the former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney.
Ben Affleck is the most recent "Batman" in movie history. In Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice he embodies the hero with the bat mask. He has reprised his role in the 2017 film Justice League and will probably also do so in the first DC standalone film called The Batman, which does not have a release date yet.