Since the 1989 Batman film with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, we have seen our fair share of Caped Crusaders. From George Clooney to Ben Affleck, many memorable actors have donned the trademark cape and cowl. We can all voice our opinion on who the best Batman is, but we haven't even covered the many actors who tried for the part, but didn't quite make the cut.
1. Mel Gibson
Before Michael Keaton got the part of Batman, Mel Gibson was Warner Bros.'s first choice. Unfortunately, he was already tied up with Lethal Weapon 2, so he couldn't accept the part.
2. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks was considered for Batman in the original Batman movie, and before Val Kilmer was cast in Batman Forever, Hanks was in consideration for the part along with Alec Baldwin and Johnny Depp.
3. Bill Murray
At one point, Ivan Reitman was planning on making a comedic Batman movie, and Bill Murray was supposed to star. He was also considered for Tim Burton's Batman.
4. Harrison Ford
There was a long list of actors considered for Batman in Tim Burton's Batman film, including Harrison Ford, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan, and Tom Selleck.
5. Cillian Murphy
Cillian was one of the original actors asked to audition to play Batman in Batman Begins. Christopher Nolan liked his audition so much that he gave him the part of Scarecrow instead.
6. Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal was another actor asked to audition for Batman in Batman Begins. Christian Bale was the favorite of the auditions, and eventually got the part.
7. Henry Cavill
Along with Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Henry Cavill was invited to audition for Batman Begins. Though he didn't get the part, he was later cast as Superman in Man of Steel. He will now get to fight Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman film.
8. Heath Ledger
During early production of Batman Begins, before Christian Bale even auditioned for the film, Heath Ledger was in consideration for the role. Instead of playing Batman, he was cast as the Joker in the sequel, The Dark Knight. His performance is widely regarded as one of the best villainous performances in film.
9. Josh Brolin
Before Ben Affleck was cast to play Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Josh Brolin was in talks for the role. He was one of the biggest fan-favorites to play the role, as fans weren't all too eager for Affleck to get the part.
10. Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer was not only considered to play Batman in Batman v Superman, but actually did in the canceled Justice League: Mortal that was supposed to be made by George Miller.
11. Richard Armitage
Three Hobbit actors were considered for the part in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Richard Armitage was one of the fan-base's favorite picks. Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom were also considered.
12. Keanu Reeves
Not only was Keanu Reeves considered for the role of Batman in Batman v. Superman, he openly voiced his interest in playing the role. He was also considered for the role in Batman Forever.