Adam West, Christian Bale, George Clooney

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Christian Bale might be Batman now, but he's hardly the first to have donned Bruce Wayne's infamous cowl and cape.

Like all good superheroes worth their box office haul, the Caped Crusader has a legacy of A-Listers and other actors who have given him life on the big screen, small screen and everything in between.

Just ask at Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire then Andrew Garfield) or Superman (Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill).

So which actors have responded to Gotham's handy bat signal before Bale?


Big names like George Clooney and Val Kilmer have taken the bat mobile for a spin while actors like Adam West and Lewis Wilson played the superhero on screens of various sizes.

Then there's Russell Brand, who may have never actually fought crime but has certainly donned the suit. And one The O.C. alum who got to ditch Southern California and lend his voice to Gotham's finest.

From the first actor to sport Batman's cape to the rising of The Dark Night, we present: Batman Through the Years.

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