In 1939, two young artists Bob Kane and Bill Finger created a superhero for Detective Comics. After the success of Superman, there was a heavy demand in the industry for similar heroes, and various characters were being tried. One such character was Batman, who impressed readers a lot in part-time issues. After increasing developments, he was soon granted his own comic book series, and had become a fan favorite by the early 40s. Kane and Finger were inspired by many pulp heroes and movies like ‘The Bat Whispers’ and ‘The Mask of Zorro’.
Initially, Batman donned an ominous person and indulged in killing but that was scrapped to stick to an uplifting version against the backdrop of WW2. He was further molded into a paternal figure to the city of Gotham after World War and the comics were laced with subtle social commentary. People looked up to him and he fought for morals, something typical of Superman. Towards the 80s, writers chose to take a different course by revisiting the initial conception of Batman, which resulted in the character we are familiar with, today. The Dark Knight who serves justice on popsicle stick, cold and raw.
Being an iconic figure in the comic industry with millions of fans, it’s just obvious that he gets loads of movies. Movies based on him, that elevate his status to new heights. In a universe filled with people who can run faster than the speed of light and lift a whole city, he is a “man” who decided to stand up. In ‘The Dark Knight’, Gordon says of Batman “He’s the hero we deserve, but not the one we need right now”.
Batman is not the yin for Gotham’s yang, he is Gotham’s own creation. His world needs people who can lead by example, people who can inspire others to follow but when the law fails, it needs that creation to inflict terror and the wrath of Hell on the souls that escape it. The Caped Crusader understands his journey is of solitude, and has to be a symbol of fear, to the criminals and the people. With that being said, let’s look at the list of top actors who played Batman the best.
5. Adam West (Batman TV Series)
The TV show that originated in the 60s is known for successfully resuscitating the dying hype surrounding Batman. The Batman comics had reached their lowest point and the character would have been trampled by hundreds of emerging superheroes. The TV show added intentional campiness along with humor, and Batman became a crime-fighter who would beat criminals with theatrical action. Adam West was perfect at throwing punches and comical one-liners, and became the star of the most watched TV show during the 60s.