When I imagine Batman's voice, it's the Kevin Conroy Batman. Others have done it, and done it well, but Mr. Conroy is the top. As for live action, Adam West was too campy for my taste but that was what they were going for so I guess he did the job well. I liked both Christian Bale and Ben Affleck; I hated Val Kilmer and George Clooney. Michael Keaton is my top pick for the live action Batman.
The DCAU had all the best portrayals of DC's most iconic characters. But i think Bruce Greenwood is the best modern Batman (i think the "Harley Quinn" series at the moment has the best new portrayals of Harley, Mr J, Ivy (a.k.a R-Rated Shego) and King Shark)
I love every show in the DCAU this includes Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Batman Beyond, Justice league, JLU, Static Shock. These shows are so well made, with great writing, character development, and they are all connected, i love that.
I would of agree but then I realize the one glaring flaw in DCAU Batman, especially during his New Adventures days: he really fucked up a lot of his relationships with his proteges. Especially with the whole thing between him and Barbara which is just skeezy as hell. Seriously, that shit right there ended up being the catalyst to why him and Dick are hardly on speaking terms. Barbara and Tim eventually have a falling out with Bruce, mostly due to their realization on how insane the whole crimefighting thing really is due to the events of Return of Joker. And even Terry almost abaddon Bruce after getting sick of the overall controling nature of the guy.
This is especially true compare to his counterparts from Brave and the Bold and Young Justice who have all the same personality and strengths of DCAU Batman, but didn't fucked things up with their sidekicks.
Good points, and the Barbra relationship makes me sick, i choose to ignore that, but that is what makes this batman so complex because he is so messed up, if you watch the DCAU in chronological order, around the batman adventures season, batman has become cynical and depressed and far more brutal towards his villains and allies, but when he joins the justice league he becomes chill and fun again, sadly its all for not because of the way he ends up in batman beyond. Again a complex character.
The whole Barbara thing is a bit hard to ignore in the context of Beyond which acknowledges said relationship.
Still though, the whole thing with Dick is like the biggest turn off. Especially when there was no meaningful closure between the two. Should made that episode that loosely adapts Wolfman/Perez's New Teen Titans . . . which is TOTALLY not an excuse to have another Flash center episode in Justice League . . . okay it is.
If you were chosen to cast the next batman who would you cast? For me I'd cast Bryan Cranston as Batman. I know everyone wants him to play Lex luthor but I think he'd do a really good job playing an older, worn down version of batman/Bruce Wayne akin to dark knight returns or batman beyond.
well the idea is that Cranston would be playing an older batman like what you see in in dark knight returns or batman beyond. Also you don't see him pulling off Luthor's smarminess? You do know that Cranston was known primarily for being a comedic actor before breaking bad came along right?
I was thinking maybe I am being a bit assuming to just take what I know of him. Even if he hadn't starred in stuff before BB it'd still be unfairly judging his ability.
They decided to have Keaton play an older Batman. That sounds way cooler to me. Makes me wonder if they haven't already dumped Pattinson though. He looks like he could be a really great actor to play the role so I hope not. I think Pattinson is a classic example of not assume what an actor will be like based on their work.
I just hope Ben Affleck doesn't have to play Batman anymore. Mainly because of how distraught he was after Batman V Superman came out to disastrous reviews (sad Affleck anyone?) which led to him looking completely miserable in the theatrical cut of Justice League (although the fact that he was in rehab at the time certainly didn't help).
I've always had a special spot for btas. I'm not sure if it's just nostalgia, or because of, like you said, his colorful personality and his trolling. The arkham series also holds a special place as well.
For me BTAS, justice league unlimited and the rest of the DCAU are some of the best batman stories ever told, not just with him being a badass but also showing how complex a character batman is. There is an episode where batman has a talk with a dying girl, and its the saddest most deepest batman moment ive ever seen, showing that batman doesn't just beat up villains but cares deeply about other people.
A tough question. All of the live-action portrayals of the character have flaws, though Robert Lowery and Adam West do a fairly good job of encapsulating the character of their time. Christian Bale is almost perfect as Bruce Wayne, but the voice he puts on as Batman grates after a while. Ben Affleck nails the way Batman fights...except for casting aside the No-Kill Rule. Personally, I'm inclined to name Kevin Conroy (DCAU, Arkham series) or Troy Baker (Telltale Batman) as the best. Baker's voice is the one I hear when I'm reading the comics.
A very good question indeed. Personally I do not have a favorite Batman, just as I don't have a favorite Joker (except suicide Joker is not a good portrayal in my opinion), as there are many different takes on each character. In some shows/movies, you see a more human side of Bruce Wayne with Batman as his "darker persona". In others, he is shown as only a machine. Almost all takes of the character are interesting in their own way, which is why I cannot pick my favorite, but I hope in the future those who act in the position take elements of all the previous renditions and make it their own.