It's undeniable that Batman is a character of many faces. While some of us will always identify with Michael Keaton's unforgettable turn as the character in the Tim Burton films, others will prefer Adam West's iconic portrayal of the 1960s.
But while the Caped Crusader's face has changed over the years, he has only ever had one definitive voice. And that voice belongs to Kevin Conroy.
The legendary actor first voiced the character in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series back in 1993, and has reprised that role in countless sequel and spinoff series, animated movies and even video games. He is widely considered by many as the greatest actor to bring the Dark Knight to life, despite never actually donning the cowl. But in a recent Comic-Con roundtable with Comic Book Resources, Conroy finally spoke up about who he thinks the best-live action Batman truly is.
Who Is The Best Live-Action Batman?
When promoting his latest Batman project, animated film #BatmanandHarleyQuinn, Conroy was asked about the ongoing debate surrounding the live-action Batmen. He responded by commenting on how he was surprised by the fact that Warner Bros. didn't initially plan on creating a joint universe of Batman films. He commented:
“You know, I thought it was weird when Warner Bros. didn’t give the franchise to one actor when the first started doing the films. You just assumed they were going to cast a Batman and he was going to carry the whole franchise. But then when I saw the different ones — Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer, [George Clooney], and Christian Bale — all the different takes, this was really smart, because each actor does it so differently. And I love seeing all the different takes."
While singing the praises of the live-action Caped Crusaders, Conroy commented on the importance of getting the balance right between Batman and Bruce Wayne (something his voice work was always praised for) before making his choice. He stated:
I think some of them get Bruce Wayne more than they get Batman, and some of them get Batman more than they get Bruce Wayne. I think Ben Affleck has probably gotten the best balance of the two. He’s a really good Bruce Wayne and a really good Batman.”
So there you have it, even Batman himself was impressed with Ben Affleck's performance in last year's #BatmanVSuperman. While the blockbuster film wasn't critically acclaimed, Affleck was praised for giving us what was perhaps the most comic-accurate Bruce Wayne/Batman portrayal yet. While the character may have committed many questionable acts throughout the film, Affleck delivered in a big way.
While it may be impromptu to crown Ben Affleck as the best live-action Batman after only one film appearance (and a cameo in #SuicideSquad), he's certainly on his way to reaching those legendary heights. His strong performance as the Dark Knight was one of the saving graces of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we have no doubt that he will deliver an even stronger performance in #JusticeLeague.
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(Source: Comic Book Resources)