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Was Val Kilmer The Best Batman Ever???

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was val kilmer the best batman ever

Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher seems to think so!

During a recent interview, Christopher Nolan's predecessor had the following to say about the first Bruce Wayne/Batman he worked with:

"For me, Val Kilmer was the best Batman."

"I thought he looked great in the costume, and I thought he brought a depth to the role. I thought the relationship between Val and Nicole Kidman was very sexy. Jim Carrey, of course, was the perfect Riddler. And then I had the great Tommy Lee Jones and a lot of other great people are in that movie."

What about George Clooney, Joel? Didn't you work with him on Batman & Robin? Is he your second favorite Batman, or are you more of a Michael Keaton guy? Ha!

Do U think Val Kilmer was the best Batman ever? If not, who do U think is better???

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22 comments to “Was Val Kilmer The Best Batman Ever???”

  1. 1

    Michael Keaton, no question. George Clooney was the worst.

  2. 2

    I dunno about the best, but i think he was known as the "fat batman".
    I personally prefer Christian Bale (biased because i've always loved his movies in general, acting, and looks ;] ).

  3. 3

    George Clooney was the worst. While I liked Batman & Robin because I love Poison Ivy, the movie was terrible.
    The first 3 batman movies were the only good one, Tim Burtons were freaking amazing and the new Dark Knight films are a disgrace in comparison. Batman Returns can never and will never be matched.

  4. 4

    Micheal Keaton all the way!!! ;) )

  5. 5

    Michael Keaton!! I do love Christian Bale though as a close runner-up

  6. 6

    I have to say Kevin Conroy on the Animate series. He's got maybe several hundred hours of the role and even though it's a cartoon the plots were a whole better than the pre-Christian Bale moves. Mark Hamlin is the Joker too!

  7. 7

    MICHEAL KEATON!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 8

    Michael Keaton by a mile!

  9. 9

    I loved Val Kilmer back in the day. Now he looks like a beached whale. He was a very good Batman. That doesn't mean I don't like Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, but I did like Val Kilmer's Batman. This guy is right. That was a good cast.
    I think George Clooney was an awful Batman.

  10. Mtl23 says – reply to this


    I liked him as Batman, I thought George Clooney was terrible. He just doesn't look like Batman. Christian Bale is also very good.

  11. 11

    Co-sign with just about everyone, MICHAEL KEATON hands down.

  12. 12

    Michael Keaton will always be Batman…..everyone else is just a copy.

  13. 13

    Michael Keaton, he had swagger.

  14. 14

    Christian Bale was the Best Batman.
    Michael Keaton because he was the first one, but I gotta tell ya- Val Kilmer was a really good replacement for Keaton. He fit in the role nicely, even though the movie was stupid and Schumacher really fucked up the franchise.
    Kilmer was stuck with Nicole Kidman (bad casting), but it was with Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carey as the Riddler (very good casting).
    Schlmacher is a bum, but Val was really good in his day. Now, he a bloated bastard. Oh, how the good fall.

  15. 15

    Re: Voiceofreason1976 – The original Animated series was the best. They messed that one up after about 4 seasons when they brought in Robin and BatGirl (HUGE MISTAKE). Mark Hamill defined the Joker.

  16. 16

    Michael Keaton is the best Batman and Michelle Pfeiffer is the best Catwoman HANDS DOWN!!!

  17. 17

    Excluding Christian Bale, and only talking about the other version-I totally agree with Val Kilmer being the best, and Geroge Clooney the wort. I never cared for Michael Keaton as Batman but I know most did.

  18. 18

    Always thought Val was the best. Always. Bale has no levity.

  19. 19

    Without a doubt the best is Michael Keaton.

  20. 20

    Keaton first, then Val for sure. His lips made it :)

  21. @v@ says – reply to this


    I liked and appreciated Val's focus as Batman, and his physicality nailed it for me. Keaton is wonderful in anything he does, and I liked his version a lot too.

  22. 22

    I liked Val and Michael Keaton the best….George C and Christian Bales is horrible (the stupid voice) ….BUT Val Kilmer def looked best in the costume…THOSE LIPS