Over the past seven decades, various actors have portrayed Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, in the movies, on television, and even on the radio.

So let's get to it. Please /msg or email me if you feel that I've left somebody out.

  • Lewis Wilson (1943) MOVIES
    The Batman (1943) (serial)
    Wilson starred as "The Batman" in a series of films for the big screen in this pre-television era in what was probably the first on-screen appearance of the Caped Crusader. Batman and Robin were portrayed as FBI agents because of serial regulations and sometimes fought "The Japs." Hey, this was during World War II. Thanks, Timeshredder.
  • Stacy Harris (1945) RADIO
    The Adventures of Superman (1945)
    Even though Batman never had his own radio program, the Caped Crusader guest starred many times on Superman's, sometimes taking the Man of Steel's place completely when the show's star needed a break. Stacy Harris was the first to do it on September 5, 1945.
  • Matt Crowley (1945 - late 40's??) RADIO
    The Adventures of Superman (1945 - late 40's??)
    Matt Crowley succeeded Harris as the voice of Batman and ended up being the actor most associated with Batman on the radio.
  • Adam West (1966 - 1968; 1984 - 1986) TV, MOVIES
    Batman 1966 - 1968; Batman the Movie (1966); Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (voice) (1984); The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (voice) (1986)
    West is arguably the most memorable actor to ever play Batman, albeit in a campy send-up of our Dark Knight in a short-lived television series and a movie based on it. Then Mr. West returned in the 1980's for some animated Superfriends action. He is quite possibly the only Batman ever to have man boobs. WHAM! BANG! BASH! (cue trumpet blast).
  • Olan Soule (1973 - 1980) TV
    Superfriends (voice) (1973); All New Super Friends Hour (voice) (1977); The World's Greatest SuperFriends (voice) (1979); SuperFriends Hour (voice)(1980)
    Throughout most of the 1970's and into the 80's Olan Soule lended his voice to the Caped Crusader for almost all of the classic Superfriends cartoons. Saturday mornings would not have been the same without Mr. Soule's voice acting.
  • Michael Keaton (1989 - 1992) MOVIES
    Batman (1989); Batman Returns (1992)
    The talented and versatile Michael Keaton took a crack at 1989's Batman movie, strangely taking second-billing to Jack Nicholson who played The Joker, and helped usher in a new Batman movie franchise that would peeter out in the late 90's. He only "returned" for one sequel.
  • Charles Roskilly (1989) MOVIES
    Batman (1989)
    This kid played a young Bruce Wayne in flashback scenes. And he hasn't been seen since.
  • Kevin Conroy (1992 - 2006) TV, MOVIES
    Batman: The Animated Series (voice) (1992 - 1995); Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (voice) (1993); The New Adventures of Batman (voice) (1997 - 1999); Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (voice) (1998); Batman Beyond (voice) (1999 - 2001); Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (voice) (2000); Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited (voice) (2001 - 2006); Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (voice) (2003)
    In 1992 Kevin Conroy provided a gruff-voiced, darker Batman than on any other Batman cartoon and helped bring an animated version of the Dark Knight from the young movie franchise to television. Conroy's Batman also starred in several feature-length animated films. He reprised that role in the late 90's, playing an aging Bruce Wayne and mentor to a new Batman far in the future in Batman Beyond. Conroy's Batman also guest-starred on several episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock and The Zeta Project and he also reprised the role again for a recent Justice League cartoon. According to Wikipedia, he has technically played Batman more times than Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale combined.
  • Val Kilmer (1995) MOVIES
    Batman Forever (1995)
    He is arguably one of the worst actors to ever play Batman in one of the better Batman movies. Personally, I didn't think he looked the part at all. But the movie overall was pretty good with Jim Carey as The Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face.
  • Ramsey Ellis (1995) MOVIES
    Batman Forever (1995)
    Ramsey played a young Bruce Wayne in a flashback scene for this picture. And he didn't do much after that.
  • George Clooney (1997) MOVIES
    Batman & Robin (1997)
    And he is arguably one of the best actors to play Batman in one of the worst Batman movies. He not only looked perfect to play Bruce Wayne but Clooney acted just about as great as he does in every role he plays. Unfortunately the picture stunk up the theaters and effectively killed that movie franchise.
  • Eric Lloyd (1997) MOVIES
    Batman & Robin (1997)
    Ah, finally, a kid plays young Bruce Wayne in a Batman movie and doesn't disappear afterwards! Eric went on to star in many more films, most notably the last two films for the Santa Claus trilogy.
  • Michael Ironside (1998) TV
    The New Batman Adventures (voice) (1998)
    For one episode of this show, "Legends of the Dark Knight," Mr. Ironside plays "80's Batman." According to Uberbanana it is quite an iconic portrayal of the Dark Knight, the Batman of a child's fantasy that is almost exactly like a scene from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
  • Gary Owens (1998) TV
    The New Batman Adventures (voice) (1998)
    For one episode of this show, the same one Michael Ironside was in, "Legends of the Dark Knight," Mr. Owens played "50's Batman."
  • Bruce Thomas (2002) TV
    Birds of Prey (2002)
    One of the lesser-known actors to portray Batman, for two episodes of this short-lived WB series he donned the cowl.
  • Rino Romano (2004 - present) TV
    The Batman (voice) (2004 - present)
    Rino is the new Saturday morning Caped Crusader and is certainly modeling his voice performance after Conroy's in the previous modern Batman cartoons. The Batman is basically, with a similar animation style, a new version of the 1990's cartoon for the 21st century with nods to the Batman of decades past with a retro-sounding theme song.
  • Jeremy Sisto (2008) TV
    Justice League: The New Frontier (voice) (2008)
    He's voicing yet another new animated Batman in the new Justice League cartoon.
  • Armie Hammer (2010) MOVIES
    Justice League of America (2010)
    He'll voice Batman in an animated film that has yet to go into production.
  • Christian Bale (2005 - present) MOVIES
    Batman Begins (2005); The Dark Knight (2008)
    Finally we get to the current Batman motion picture torch holder. Bale has given us one of the best Batman and Bruce Wayne interpretations ever in an exciting new Batman movie franchise that began with one of the best Batman movies ever, Batman Begins, and will continue on with The Dark Knight and hopefully beyond that. It's too bad that the second installment of this new series is connected to the tragic, sudden, and untimely death of Heath Ledger who gave one of the best performances as the Joker ever.
  • Gus Lewis (2005) MOVIES
    Batman Begins (2005)
    He played "Bruce Wayne age 8" and had more lines than any other movie young Bruce Waynes before him, being more than just a kid seeing his parents gunned down.

At some point in the future perhaps another actor could be added to this list, playing Bruce Wayne on Smallville. Series writers have been wanting to work him in for years and cruelly teasing fans of the show with the possibility. All they've gotten so far is one mention of Gotham City in a 2006 episode.

By the way, this list is by no means complete; these are just the notable ones that come to my mind. For a surprisingly long list, check this page out on IMDB.com (thanks rooty).

Sources:
http://www.supermanhomepage.com/radio/radio.php?topic=r-radio
http://www.imdb.com
And thanks, Google books

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