On June 26th, the classic, original Tim Burton 'Batman' series went up against Christopher Nolan's dark, modern day 'Dark Knight' series in a public poll, and here are the results. If you missed the original article and still wish to vote, you can do so here.
Neither, Ben Affleck: 188
Can't say that I'm overly shocked by this result! I've personally always loved Michael Keaton's portrayal of the character, and always will. I must be honest in saying that whenever Bale puts on his 'Batman voice' I just want to slam my head against a brick wall, because dear god it is awful. Keaton on the other hand did always disguise his voice, but you could still understand what he was saying. I'm not going to all out bash Bale's performance however, as he truly was the PERFECT Bruce Wayne (in my opinion anyway), and he looked pretty damn fabulous when all suited up. So even though my personal vote goes to Keaton, Bale (obviously) wins this round for public vote.
Cesar Romero: 58
Another result I'm not overly surprised at - because simply put, Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker is one of the best, most intense performances by any actor in history. Like, ever. I couldn't count the amount of times I've seen 'The Dark Knight', but it'd be over 10. Although comparing these two isn't really fair (due to the differences in character), they both delivered extremely well the character they were meant to be playing. I've personally always preferred Nicholson's Joker, simply because he was so funny, but completely sadistic and whimsical at the same time. Unfortunately for Heath, it would seem he put so much effort into his role that he locked himself away in his hotel room, practicing the character, and only sleeping 2 hours a night. He was eventually told by film crew that he had gone too far, and I completely agree. It's pretty obvious that the public generally prefers Heath's chilling performance however, so this round goes to him.
Halle Berry: 57
Okay, NOW I'm shocked! Really, people, really? Well, I guess at least the results are closer this time. It's fair to say that I'm pretty biased on this one, as I've always hated Anne Hathaway, and will avoid any film she stars in (unless it's a Batman film of course). Pfeiffer's performance did get a little too much at times with the cheesy dialogue, but I'd say it's pretty true to the comic book character, and I've just always preferred her. Anyway, seems that the majority has voted for Hathaway's awful woops I meant brilliant portrayal of the female anti-hero, so *sigh. She wins this round.
Two Face/Harvey Dent:
Tommy Lee Jones: 305
Aaron Eckhart: 1535
Tommy Lee Jones played what has got to be, the most 90's possible version of 'Two-Face' Harvey Dent, and it's fabulous. Cheesy as ever, but fabulous nonetheless - just look at that awesome suit. Aaron Eckhart played once again a very dark spin on the character, who wants nothing but revenge. Although I wouldn't label either of them as being totally true to the classic character (that prize would go to Arkham City's Two Face), Eckhart is probably the closest. Which of the two looks more like he's been melted/burnt? Yeah, Eckhart. I think they did great with what they had in the 90's, and don't get me wrong, I love Tommy Lee's portrayal, but I think the more modern day version of this character is definitely more accurate, and most definitely more disturbing!
Sadistic Villains VS Comical Villains
I personally think that characters with a wicked sense of humor are great, which is why I've always been drawn to the original series. It seems, however, that most of the voters prefer the darker nature of the Nolan universe villains, and I can however understand why. The more sadistic, evil villains make for a more action packed film, as you're backing the hero to be able to stop them. Although the original Joker was rather cruel, he was no where near as evil as The Dark Knight's Joker, and I think this is why a lot of people prefer him. Nolan's villains win this round.
So all in all, I think it's pretty obvious that the majority of people prefer Christopher Nolan's modern take on the Batman universe. I'm thinking this is perhaps due to many younger people voting, who have not seen the complete original series, but I could be wrong. What do you think, do you agree with public vote, or are you absolutely astonished at the results? Tell me in the comments below! Also, which other franchises/characters would you like to see go head-to-head?