ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

Your new Dark Knight, Ben Affleck, has finally uttered the two iconic words fans have been waiting to hear: "I'm Batman." But how does his voice compare to previous Gotham alumni?

Affleck's young co-star on The Accountant, Seth Lee, recently posted the following Instagram video, in which the two squabble over the honor of calling themselves Gotham's true hero. You can tell that Affleck's tongue is firmly placed in this cheek while putting on the Caped Crusader's voice, but it's still a pretty awesome watch:

Of course, we've already been treated to a taste of Affleck's Bat-inflection from the Batman v. Superman teaser released earlier this year. Have another listen...

"Tell me, do you bleed?"

Maybe it's got something to do with how undeniably badass the dialogue is, but I've already been won over by the superhero’s augmented, gruff voice.

But let's take a moment to remember the various sultry Bat-tones offered by the slew of actors who've had the privilege of donning the suit...

Michael Keaton - Batman (1989)

Scratchy, understated, intimidating—I think Keaton nailed it!

Val Kilmer - Batman Forever (1995)

Kilmer's voice didn't seem to particularly vary from his normal voice, and could've been a few octaves lower for me.

George Clooney - Batman & Robin (1997)

I was too busy staring at Clooney's nipples to really notice what was coming out of his mouth, but it was an assertive and convincing performance nonetheless.

Christian Bale - The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005 - 2012)

He may have gotten a lot of grief for the intensity of his rasping growl, but I think the crazed, borderline-psychopathic growl sold the character perfectly!

What do you think of Affleck's voice, and how will it stack up against these other Bat-baritones? I guess we'll find out when [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) hits theaters on March 25, 2016!

[Source: Instagram]


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