Ranking the Batmen: Best Batman Actors of All Time

Robert Pattinson's work in 'The Batman' has everyone asking the question (again): who is the BEST Batman? Here's our Batmen ranking from worst to best.

Batman Actors Ranked From Worst to Best
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Batman Actors Ranked From Worst to Best

Batman, the aptly-named DC Comic book hero, looms large in popular culture. One of the most recognizable superheroes around, Batman’s fame only grows with each generation—and with each refreshed cinematic version of the character. The latest film, Matt Reeves’ The Batman introduced yet another take on the caped crusader (the third in the last two decades) breathing new life into the character by bringing the hero back to his detective origins. The angle worked, raking in a staggering $134 million opening weekend box-office haul. Even billionaire Bruce Wayne would admit that’s not too shabby.

In honor of The Batman’s release, we’re taking a look at which actor is the best Batman of them all. Some performers are a better Bruce, with others a better Batman, and only a few are compellingly capable of inhabiting both sides of the coin. Which ultimately won out? Dive into rankings—organized from worst to best—below.

10. George Clooney

George Clooney as Batman in 'Batman & Robin' (1997)

9. Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer as Batman in 'Batman Forever' (1995)

8. Adam West

Adam West as Batman in the 'Batman' TV series

7. Will Arnett

The Lego Batman (2017)

6. Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck as batman

5. Robert Pattinson

The Batman Easter Eggs and References

4. Michael Keaton


3. Christian Bale

Christian Bale as Batman in 'Batman Begins'

2. Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy as Batman in 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' (1993)

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