After director Zack Snyder announced that his Man of Steel sequel would feature a showdown between Superman and Batman, the internet went wild with casting speculation. Affleck eventually landed the role and the Internet went wild again (for less positive reasons, this time).
Returning Batman to the big screen after the Caped Crusader's disastrous spin in Batman & Robin, Bale created a darker, more realistic vigilante in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and 2012's the Dark Knight Rises.
He may have run into the law on The O.C. and fought for it on Southland, but McKenzie got to go full on vigilante when he lent his voice to taking on the seedy underbelly of Gotham in 2011's Batman: Year One.
Though he may have been stationed in NYC instead of fictional Gotham, Brand—via the billionaire playboy he portrayed—got the chance to sort of play Batman (or at least wear the suit and drive the mobile) in 2011's Arthur.
Having voiced both heroes and villains in animated series like Batman Beyond and the spinoff The Zeta Project, Bader finally got the chance to voice Batman himself in 2008's Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
First stepping into the bat suit for a series of OnStar car commercials featuring Batman and company, Thomas returned to Gotham to reprise the role in the short-lived 2002 WB series Birds of Prey.
Clooney delivered one of the most maligned (by critics and fans) interpretations of Batman, donning the nippled suit in 1997's Batman & Robin and battling Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman.
Taking over for Keaton and duking it with some of Batman's most notorious villains (Tommy Lee Jones' Two Face and Jim Carrey's Riddler), Kilmer earned top marks for his turn in 1995's Batman Forever.
Conroy was the first to give two distinct voices to Bruce Wayne and Batman, expanding his career from 1992's Emmy-winning Batman: The Animated Series to its four spinoffs and handful of animated films.
Handpicked by Tim Burton, Keaton was hardly a fan favorite for 1989's gothic Batman. But by the time he returned to go head-to-head with Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman in 1992's Batman Returns, he was a hit.
After appearing on the TV series Batman, West was the first to bring the caped crusader to the big screen in 1966. He's also voiced the character in countless programs, including a Simpsons stint!
Every good superhero needs a sidekick! And in the next 15-chapter serial released in 1949, Batman and Robin, Lowery appeared alongside Batman's long-standing alley, the boy wonder Robin.
The first person to ever bring Bruce Wayne's alter ego to the screen in all his black and white glory, Wilson starred in a 1942 "serial collection" of 15 movies simply called Batman.