Batman is one of the most – if not THE most – iconic superhero out there. It’s one that many kids and teenagers look up to, and its devoted fanbase is certain to crash box offices records one after another. With the new movie featuring the hero, Batman vs Superman, about to premiere, the buzz around Bruce Wayne’s alterego is just getting started. Here we made a short list to remember other actors who've played the iconic role.

Christian Bale is probably the first one to come to mind. Bale played the character in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises in the Christopher Nolan rendition of the classic tale.

The actor is certainly in the discussion when it comes to determining the best Bruce Wayne, and Bale will likely be remembered for his take on the iconic role for years to come.

George Clooney also played the superhero on the big screen in the 1997 movie Batman & Robin. His performance was not really well received from the fans and public though – many reviews were not impressed with Clooney's take, and the film itself is largely regarded as a flop.

The first actor to ever play Batman was Lewis Hilson back in 1943 when we was only 23 (also becoming the youngest actor to ever play the superhero). His acting choices – as well as wardrobe – were not very well received, and his career didn’t really work out afterwards. Another movie about Batman was made in the 1940’s: Batman & Robin starring Robert Lowrey, the movie was acclaimed by the critics at the time.

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Lowrey, unlike Lewis Hilson, had had some acting experience before, and had a sucessfull career afterwards on TV, participating in shows like Circus Boy.

In 1989, Michael Keaton suited up to play Batman. This was one of the most controversial casting choices the franchise ever made, and fans were not very pleased – they wrote around 500,000 protest letters to Warner Bros at the time. Unlikely enough, people quickly realized the mistake they made, and Keaton is still to this day a fan favorite. He was also the first actor to reprise the role in the franchise, returning for a sequel.

Other actors who played the role include Adam West (1966’s Batman) and Val Kimer (1995’s Batman Forever).