I'd say Kevin Conroy if he was an option, but Keaton would have to be my favorite live-action Batman because of how dark and brooding his portrayal was (plus he lit that clown on fire with the Batmobile, which was out of character, but when I saw that scene as a kid, I thought it was so bad-ass).
I will give up the oportunity to say "I am Batman" or to comment on Batman bin Suparman (overdone already). I will say I voted Bale. However Keaton was great. Anyone who voted West is an idiot. West was a campy rip off of Batman and DC should have murdered whoever agreed to lend that name to West's show. Kilmer wasn't horrible, but he shouldn't have been cast as Bruce. He's too cool but not sly enough to be a stuffy millionare. So, between Keaton and Bale, it was a hard choice. Keaton was a shocker back in the 80's. He did Beetlejuice, which left everyone floored. Then he flipped it and played Batman/Bruce Wyane. Both were outside of his chuckle stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, Bale grasped the gritty character, and is enough of a pomp to do the Bruce Wayne part truthfully. Also, Bale and Nolan have a good working relationship, and there is little lost between the two's vision. Still, the dark comedy of Keaton and Burton really touched on the comic book's tone. But when that movie came out, Batman had already been turned into the darker and less humerous story that Nolan eventually adopted.
" Kilmer and Clooney don't even deserve to be on this list. Kevin Conroy does. "Bingo. I watched Batman: Under the Red Hood last week and Conroy isn't Wayne/Batman in it (Bruce Greenwood is). It was very disconcerting to me. Conroy is my Batman of choice always, but if you're limiting me to just live-action appearances, the I'll go with Michael Keaton. His Batman felt as crazy as his rogues-gallery.
I really love the new Dark Knight movies but Christian Bale as Batman is just growly marble mouth ridiculousness. Not a bad Bruce Wayne but I love Val Kilmer's Bruce (sorry). I think the best Batman has yet to be seen. I know Michael Keeton and Adam West are *NOT* worthy of wearing the cape and cowl.
They should do a movie of Birds of Prey...that would be hot!
" I like my batman camp and from the 60's. All this modern dark batman nonsense isn't worth my time (I know they may be more true to the comics, but screw the comics!!!!). So that's a vote for Adam West. "Aye. I saw the Batman movie form the 60s a few weeks ago and it was far more entertaining than the rest of the movies, apart from, maybe, Forever.
Not to beat a dead horse...but Kevin Conroy not being on this list is a travesty. A TRAVESTY!!!
I voted Bale. He occasionally overdoes the voice but i think it's appropriate for what they were going for. Keaton was great but Nolan/Bales Batman is the first time they totally nailed it on the big screen.
I think i've only really seen enough of Bale to judge his performance and i think he plays a very uninteresting Batman, so it's definetly not him. Same as a lot of people here i would have picked Kevin Conroy if he was an option, but since he isn't, i won't vote.
" Not to beat a dead horse...but Kevin Conroy not being on this list is a travesty. A TRAVESTY!!! I voted Bale. He occasionally overdoes the voice but i think it's appropriate for what they were going for. Keaton was great but Nolan/Bales Batman is the first time they totally nailed it on the big screen. "Again, I was going for live action... only.