Yesterday I watched Batman Begins and it was a relief seeing a Batman that isn’t bulky and humongous like Ben Affleck’s version of the caped crusader. I’ve gotten used to the new Batman because I frankly had to. Ben Affleck isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So, seeing Christian Bale’s impeccable portrayal of the Dark Knight was absolutely wonderful.
It was also nice watching a DC movie that was actually epic. Christopher Nolan is already a fantastic movie maker and what he did to Batman was legendary (see what I did there?) He made Batman a complicated hero with a dark side. That’s something you don’t really see in heroes throughout Marvel and DC films. It made the movies he created that much more complex and enjoyable. And at the head of these remarkable films is, of course, Christian Bale.
Christian Bale’s Batman was the first live-action Batman I had ever seen and to a lot of people he is the greatest version of the black-clad warrior but is that true?
One of the reasons why he was such a great Batman is mainly because the concept artists for Christopher Nolan’s movies were so much better than the old Batman concept artists from the 80s’. His suit was sleeker, more fascinating, and it made him look like the most epic ninja ever. And Christian Bale definitely helped contribute to making that suit look great. I mean if Ben Affleck was wearing the same outfit it wouldn’t look the same at all, that’s for sure.
But could Michael Keaton have pulled off the Christopher Nolan version of the Dark Knight? Of course he could have, and that’s why this topic is always so hard for me to decipher.
When I watched Batman from 1989 I was expecting Michael Keaton’s Batman to be super wack and instead he was rather epic in both Batman and Batman Returns. I enjoyed him so much as Batman in fact that I was stunned when I found out he didn’t make a third movie. He was incredible throughout the two sub par Batman movies and I was utterly astonished.
He frankly created the idea of what an epic Batman is supposed to be like. No one has shirked away from his stern, ninja style version of the iconic superhero. It has only been elevated due to Christopher Nolan’s movies.
To tell you the truth though, while Christian Bale did a fabulous job portraying Batman in such an incredible fashion if Michael Keaton had done the same three movies I’m pretty sure I would’ve preferred him as the caped crusader instead of Christian Bale.
I mean look at this suit. It’s so not cool and yet he exuded such epicness I looked right past it. Michael Keaton gave the model of what Batman is supposed to be like and it’s still the model that is used to this day.
I guess I’m saying I like Michael Keaton more. Now are his movies better? Of course not because Christopher Nolan is a genius filmmaker but in terms of who’s a better Batman Michael Keaton definitely wins.
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