If there where a Top10 list of any one character who was portrayed by many different actors over the years, Batman/Bruce Wayne, Catwoman and James Bond could easily place 1 – 3 (not specifically in that order). This being said, we who sit at home or in the theatre watching these characters on film,can often find ourselves thinking: “Who was my favourite?” or something to that affect. This post will be about one of these characters, namely Bruce Wayne (live-action only).
Adam West did that corny classic from long before I was even born. Michael Keaton did the two dark Tim Burton-versions in the 80’s and was followed by Val Kilmer in “Forever” and George Clooney in that Arnold-infested crapshow called Batman & Robin. And finally, we have Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight-trilogy.
Personally, I love West’s interpretation of Wayne but the series itself wasn’t what one would call a standard Batman-show rather than a made-for-kids kinda thing, so we can pretty much count him out of the race from the get go.
Michael Keaton on the other hand, had the great pleasure of working with Burton, a true movie-magician. Together, they sat the tone for a whole new Batman-era but Keaton’s Wayne still lacked that certain something to put him at the top. Sure, in the great scene against Nicholson’s Joker with the silver platter, Keaton shows us the sociopathic side of him but it’s not great enough.
Val Kilmer only got to see the producer-side of Burton but he did his best and the outcome was pretty much like watching a masterpiece. We really get to see the hurting side of Bruce and that he really cares about the people he’s protecting as Batman. A top contender is what we have right here.
Can you say crap-filled chimichanga? How about vomit-filled diarhea-sandwich? That is what we get when we combine Batman/Bruce Wayne with George Clooney. Everything he does is stock and unimpressive and he gives us nothing of value from the character. It’s so bad that I feel almost sorry for the creators.
And last but not least, we have the real-life (read this with a humorous tone) American psycho, Christian Bale. Bale and Nolan took back the legacy first founded by Keaton and Burton way back when, with a dark but slightly more twisted take on the character. And as for Bale, as Batman.. No, i’d rather seen someone else but as Bruce Wayne, he was spectacular. I haven’t seen the latest installment yet but in the first two, he gives a truelly believable performance and we can really see the pain he feels in his eyes.
To summarise, I want to start of with pointing out that I’ve thought of the character of Bruce Wayne and the various actors portraying him in this post, NOT Batman. And in conclusion, we have arrived at my first choice, my favourite Bruce Wayne so far. And the winner is Val Kilmer! The scene that puts him at 1st place is the one in the circus tent, when Dent/Two-Face causes all the commotion in search of the man behind the bat and Wayne rises up to the challenge.
There you have it folks, some if my thoughts around our favourite bat. So until next time… Peace out hombrés!