ByJacob Craig, writer at Creators.co
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Over the years, we've seen many iconic actors take on the role of Batman, and we've all argued over who is the best. Christian Bale? Adam West? Michael Keaton? There's no way to tell! Or is there? While the actors portrayals are to be judged by the audience, there's a universal truth as to who is physically the best Batman. Intrigued yet? I'm going to compare the physical attributes of the actors who have played Batman over the years, as well as the 29 actors I've ever fan cast as Batman (yes, there's that many), to the comic book description of the character (comparing height, weight, eye color, and hair color). So let's jump in with Batman's attributes, as best represented by the comics, and more in depth by the Arkham game series.

Batman

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: Estimated 210 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Black

You got that? Alright, now that you know EXACTLY how Batman is suppose to look, let's start with comparing that to all the actors that played him (excluding Lewis Wilson and Robert Lowery, because there are no records of their height, weight etc.).

Adam West

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: Estimated 200 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Blonde

Michael Keaton

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 159 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Light brown

Val Kilmer

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: Estimated 205 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Blonde

George Clooney

  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 172 lbs.
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Hair color: Brownish?

Christian Bale

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 181 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Ben Affleck

  • Height: 6'4"
  • Weight: 216 lbs.
  • Eye color: Hazel
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Taking all of these statistics into account, I have to conclude that the most physically accurate Batman is.....

Adam West!

Aside from having blonde hair, Adam West is Batman to a tee. While Ben Affleck certainly looks the part just as well, he's quite too big to fit Batman as well as West did, so we'll call him the runner-up. This comes as no surprise to me, because the modern Batman that we know has basically been modeled by Adam West! Actors, comic book publishers, programmers, and everyone who has ever produced something with Batman in it has tried their hardest to emulate the iconic body style of Adam West. This just further proves that Adam West is truly Batman! Now, are you ready for the fan cast actors?

From 10 Actors Who Could Play Batman Better Than Ben Affleck:

Karl Urban

  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Eye color: Light brown
  • Hair color: Dark Brown

Gerard Butler

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Wes Bentley

  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 187 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Black

Jensen Ackles

  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Light brown

Ian Somerhalder

  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 165.5 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Sam Worthington

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Brown

David Boreanaz

  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 187 lbs.
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Hair color: Brown/Auburn

Brandon Routh

We all make mistakes, OK? This was like my second post ever after all...

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Bradley Cooper

  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 183 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Light brown

Keanu Reeves

  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 173 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Black

That concludes my first fan casting post on the character. So, which one of these actors would make the best Batman? Going by the math, it would have to be....

Brandon Routh?

I honestly regretted this decision up until this very moment. Not such a stupid idea after all, is it everyone who trolled me in the comments? Everyday for 4 months, I would be in the shower thinking to myself, "Brandon Routh as Batman? What was I thinking?" Well, what do you know? Turns out he's the most physically accurate Batman on the list. Ready for round 2?

From 10 Actors Who Could Bring Batman to TV:

Reused:

  • Jensen Ackles
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • David Boreanaz

Andrew Lincoln

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Michael C. Hall

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Red

Jon Hamm

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 192 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Alex O'Loughlin

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Eye color: Hazel
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Anson Mount

  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: Estimated 190 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Black

Jim Caviezel

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Josh Holloway

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 176 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Blonde

David Duchovny

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 176 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Light brown

Tyler Hoechlin

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 172 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Black

And the winner of that round is.....

Jim Caviezel!

Jim has the perfect body dimensions for Batman, that it's kind of uncanny. If this man gained roughly 20 more pounds, then he would be the EXACT same as Bruce Wayne. He's 6'2", has blue eyes, dark brown hair (about as close to black as you can get), and he's currently 190 lbs. Even if he just walked in and started filming a Batman movie, he would be a close to perfect Batman! The last fan cast now, here we go....

From 10 More Actors That Could Play Batman Better Than Ben Affleck:

Armie Hammer

  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 198 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Michael Fassbender

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Light brown

Taylor Kitsch

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 176 lbs.
  • Eye color: Green
  • Hair color: Light brown

Thomas Jane

  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Eye color: Light brown
  • Hair color: Blonde

Luke Evans

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Eye color: Light brown
  • Hair color: Black

Julian McMahon

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 182 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Josh Brolin

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 176 lbs.
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Dominic Cooper

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 156 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Scott Adkins

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 182 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Brown

Colin Farrell

  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

And the winner of the final fan cast category is....

Armie Hammer!

This comes as no surprise considering that Hammer was already cast in the role in the canceled movie Justice League Mortal. Despite being a whopping 6'5", Hammer fits every other aspect of the Bat almost perfectly. His weight is only 12 lbs. off from Batman, and the facial features are perfect. That concludes all of the fan cast actors, but I thought I would take this chance to analyze some other actors that either I or the Internet thinks should play Batman. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the wildcards!

Wildcards:

Jake Gyllenhaal

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Hugh Jackman

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 181 lbs.
  • Eye color: Light brown/Hazel
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Zachary Quinto

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 183 lbs.
  • Eye color: Light brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

David Giuntoli

  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: Estimated 179 lbs.
  • Eye color: Grey
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Idris Elba

  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 187 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Black

Richard Armitage

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Joe Manganiello

  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 236 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Black

James Franco

  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 167 lbs.
  • Eye color: Dark brown
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Benedict Cumberbatch

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 174 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Dark brown

Ryan Gosling

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 172 lbs.
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Hair color: Blonde

And the winner of the surprise wildcard fan cast has to be....

Idris Elba!

Aside from his dark brown eyes and being an inch too tall, Idris Elba is in fact the best physical match to play Batman in this group. He's the closest to the character in weight, and since I did not take ethnicity into account, the fact that he is not white does not hinder him in this contest (if you can call it that). While I was skeptical of whether or not Elba could be good in this role, the numbers don't lie. He could be a better physical match than my personal favorites Quinto and Jackman!

Poll

Do you agree with the numbers? Which one of these actors do you think was/would be the best physical match for Batman?

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