Who is the best Batman? [SLIDESHOW]

Ben Affleck is the latest actor to portray the Caped Crusader, but what about the other seven actors?

Here’s a list of every actor to play Batman on the big screen. Which one is your favorite?

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  • The August announcement that Ben Affleck will be the next Batman was met with almost as much shock as the one that preceded Michael Keaton's takeover of the role in 1989. Affleck is set to star in 2015's "Man of Steel 2," opposite Henry Cavill as Superman. (Image: Getty Images.)
  • Bale started his three-film takeover of the franchise in 2005 with "Batman Begins." His portrayal of Batman took on a more human role, and by the end of the Dark Knight trilogy, Batman was a beaten-down, crippled version of his former self. Bale's realistic portrayal ended up helping the films to more than $1.1 billion in box office receipts. (Image: Batman Wikia).
  • George Clooney's depiction of the character in 1997's "Batman & Robin" is the most widely panned by critics and fans alike. Even Clooney agreed, saying in a 2011 Screen Rant interview that "it was a difficult film to be good in." (Image: Batman Wikia)
  • Remember when Val Kilmer was Batman? Yeah, us neither. Kilmer's forgetful portrayal of the Dark Knight occurred in 1995 in "Batman Forever," where Batman fought The Riddler and Two-Face, played by Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones, respectively. (Image: Batman Wikia)
  • Michael Keaton became Batman in 1989 amid vitriol and tons of fan criticism. However, his portrayal of Gotham's savior became the one that most moviegoers associate most closely with Batman. (Image: Batman Wikia)
  • Adam West took the character over in Twentieth Century Fox's 1966 interpretation of the comic book. West is remembered for his campy, over the top portrayal of Batman, which he continued for 19 years as he starred in several Batman movies, TV shows and spinoffs. (Image: Batman Wikia)
  • Robert Lowery became the second actor to play Batman in Columbia's follow-up series to "Batman," entitled "Batman and Robin." "Batman and Robin" finds our hero fighting against The Wizard, a black-hooded villain who possesses a remote that can control any motor vehicle within its 50-mile range. (Image: Batman Wikia)
  • Lewis Wilson was the first actor to portray Batman in 1943. He starred in Columbia's 15-part series of "Batman" films, where Batman must fight an evil Japanese scientist named Dr. Daka.  (Image: Batman Wikia)