Over the years there have been many people who have taken on the persona of the Caped Crusader. Some were great, some good, some meh, and some so horrible that we've tried to forget them. One thing that they all have in common, however, is that they were all memorable. So, in this thread, I want to explore which version/portrayal of the Dark Knight is most beloved by people. These are the options: Adam West (Batman 1966): Whenever anyone thinks about this version of Batman one word comes to mind; campy. Adam West's Batman was so campy. From the never ending puns, to the overwhelmingly positive messages, to the 'BAM' 'SMACK' 'SLAP' 'BOOM', etc. It was just so campy. Having said all that, though, nobody can say that it was bad. To this day when I catch a glimpse of this version of Batman a smile comes across my face and I find myself stopping to watch it. Michael Keaton (Batman; Batman Returns): For a very long time this was the definitive live action version of Batman. This one was almost perfect. Keaton captured the charm and playboyish nature of Bruce Wayne and he captured the brooding, dark, and tortured nature of Batman at the same time. In Batman when he comes across those two thieves at the beginning and he hangs the one off the side of the roof and tells him, "I'm Batman", that still gives me goosebumps to this day. Keaton was the first actor and Batman was the first film to take the character seriously. Gone was all the camp and what we got was a version of Batman that is still influencing other versions of the character to this day. Val Kilmer (Batman Forever): This version of the character was, IMO, ok. I mean he wasn't great but at the same time he wasn't awful either. He had a few very good scenes as Batman. His Bruce Wayne left something to be desired, but maybes some people loved it. I know a lot of people that loved Batman Forever. IMO, though, it took what Keaton had done in the previous two films and instead of building on it, it started to go back in the other direction towards the camp. George Clooney (Batman & Robin): Then there's this version of Batman. This one completely ignored the serious nature of the films before it and tried to go all the way back to the camp. With all the puns, campy action, and childish overtones. Instead of recreating the magic of the 1966 Batman, though, we got what appeared to me, and a lot of people, to be what would happen if Batman took part in a gay rave. Some people might have liked this version though. Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series/Arkham Games): Whenever I think of Batman's voice, I hear Kevin Conroy's portrayal of the character. I was only going to stick to live action portrayal's of Batman, but Kevin Conroy was the voice of Batman for an entire generation. Plus, the Animated Series may very well be the greatest interpretation of Batman to date. There wasn't a single thing wrong with that show. The villains were great, the protagonists were great, and the entire show was great. Not to mention that Conroy also voice Batman for the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, a number of the DC animated films, and the Arkham games and you have a guy that has probably played Batman more than anybody else in the world. I love Kevin Conroy. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy): This is probably the most realistic version of Batman out there. I mean, if you imagined what a billionaire would do to personally fight crime that is. Fact is Christian Bale was a great Batman and Bruce Wayne, but a lot of what made those movies so good was his supporting cast. A lot of times he was over shadowed by Alfred, Gordon, the Joker, Bane, and others. Plus there's that damn voice he did as Batman. He might have throat cancer as a result. Ben Affleck (Batman V Superman; Justice League): A lot of people thought that Affleck was going to be a horrible Batman. Myself included. Looking back, though, it's not a stretch to say that he was easily the very best part of Batman v Superman. When I imagine how Batman would look, talk, act, and even move, Affleck's portrayal is what comes the closest for me. I mean, the warehous scene for example. It was a damn Arkham game come to life. It's the greatest Batman fight scene ever by far. That's saying a lot people. Also, the way he acted when he was Bruce Wayne. Like a guy that was trying against everything to have a good time out in public but he just couldn't let go of whatever was eating away at him. That's how I imagine Bruce Wayne would act. Ben Affleck was a great version of the character and I can't wait to see what he does in later films. What do you guys think? What is the best version of Batman? What is your favorite version of Batman? Let me know your opinions.