The next set of Batman films is going to feature Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. This is a role that has been played by many of Hollywood’s finest. This elite club is made up of names like Adam West, Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck. Batman fans will forever debate which Batman is better than the other. So which one is the best? One of these actors believes that it doesn’t matter who plays Batman.
After Batman Returns, Keaton left the role because he was unhappy with the direction the new director, Joel Schumacher, was taking. This was the third film in the franchise, Batman Forever. Here we saw Keaton get replaced by Val Kilmer, who only lasted for one film. The reason for his departure changes depending on who you ask.
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During a recent interview with The New York Times he talked about something that happened during his time as the Bat. He tells the story of one day when he was filming and Warren Buffett and his grandchildren came by while he was wearing the Batsuit. What surprised Kilmer was that the kids were not interested in talking with him but instead trying on the costume and jumping into the Batmobile.
This interaction led him to believe that Batman isn’t meant to be a real person, but anonymous so that whoever is seeing him can also see themselves in him. Kilmer stated that “that’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman.”
While I do believe that Batman often does serve as a symbol for a lot of his fans, I don’t think that it makes the actor under the cowl unimportant. Also it doesn’t say how old were Buffet’s grandkids, as many little kids would jump at the opportunity to play with all of Batman’s gadgets instead of conversating with the actor. I think had it been older kids or even adults, the interaction would have been a lot different.
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Personally I think it would be terrible to be Batman. I find a lot of motivation in his drive for justice and what he thinks is best of Gotham. Not to mention how far and beyond he tries to go to protect the ones he cares about. These are things that not just any actor can convey. Just like not every comic book writer can write a good Batman story.
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Source: The New York Times