When it comes to Batman, we all have our own opinions as to who the ultimate cinematic version is. For some of us, it's Christian Bale's Nolan-directed Dark Knight. For others, Batman's Michael Keaton, Batman Forever's Val Kilmer, or even Batman and Robin's George Clooney, take the honor. Even Adam West's televised Caped Crusader has countless thousands devoted to his portrayal of the hero.
If you're one of the legendary Batmen yourself, though, it's a whole other thing entirely. After all, you both were Batman, and have ceased to be him when filming ended.
Unless, that is, you're Michael Keaton, in which case you have the perfect response to being asked (by Shortlist) whether you're jealous of Ben Affleck taking over the cowl:
Followed by the key question...
Do you know why?"
Now, I should point out that this a good time to sit down and get comfortable, because things are, in fact, about to get awesome. Because that reason? It's...
"Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that."
And, in fairness, he does have this video as proof...
As well as what is actually a pretty astute analysis of just how much he and Tim Burton's work on Batman back in 1989 influenced an entire generation of superhero movies:
"Tim changed, or started, everything. And I’m proud of the choice I made, in terms of how to play Batman. It’s probably easier now because Tim paved the way, and if I did anything to pave the way, I’m proud of that, too.
I’ve never seen [a superhero movie] beginning to end. Oh actually, I saw the first Spider-Man – I thought that was really good. You can step into it more easily now, is my guess. Technically, [superhero movies] do everything for you. They create a world where all you’ve basically got to do is show up, not f*ck it up too much and you’ll come off OK."
Which...is actually a fair point. The only problem? This:
Yup, that's right, there're a whole lot of people out there who can, quite legitimately, claim to be Batman - and even make a case for being the definitive version of the Dark Knight.
So, now, we're left with one big question...
What do you guys think?
Who's the ultimate Batman?