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Who's the better Batman: Ben Affleck or Christian Bale?
If you think that "Who's the best Spider-Man?" is a polarizing geek debate, wait until you get a load of this one. Yes, there's been many live-action adaptations of Batman, and comic book geeks have been debating who's the best Batman for decades.
The younglings debate Bale versus Affleck, simply because they are the most recent live-action iterations of the iconic Dark Knight.
Why The Guardian's Ben Child said Bale will always be the best Batman:
It’s hard to remember what a shock to the system Bale’s debut turn as Batman was in 2005: the Welsh-born actor – for better or for worse – almost single-handedly forced Hollywood to take superheroes seriously. Batman Begins arrived in cinemas at a time when studios were largely clueless as to how to realise comic book material on the big screen. It gave us the caped crusader’s first proper origins story, and didn’t shy away from the grim reality of Bruce Wayne’s angst-ridden existence. Bale gave us a Batman we could believe in, in more ways than one.
Crucially the character is never overplayed: Bale may wish he had mined the horrors of the dark knight’s ruined soul more thoroughly across the Nolan trilogy, but Heath Ledger’s razor-edged Joker was always going to need a less flamboyant foil. Bale’s performance levels dipped slightly for the final instalment, The Dark Knight Rises, but his jaded, late-era Bats is still head and shoulders above any of his rivals. Critics always mention the silly gruff voice, yet it’s really just a clever way of maintaining one’s secret identity while scaring the bejesus out of more fragile opponents.
Cinema Blend's Conner Schwerdtfeger said Affleck does an amazing job of capturing the essence of Batman. Here are his seven reasons why Affleck is the best at portraying Batman:
1. He Fights Like Batman 2. He’s a Brilliant Strategist 3. He Actually Looks Like Batman 4. He Trains Like Batman. 5. He Pulls Off Bruce Wayne. 6. He Showcases Real Detective Skills. 7. He Nails the Tortured Psychology of The Dark Knight.