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10/01/2014 04:55 EDT | Updated 10/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Making A Scene: Who Is Hollywood's Best Batman?

"Making a Scene" is an AOL On Originals series featuring actor, director and film-buff James Franco. Each week, Franco will take his passion for movies and mash up two of cinema's most iconic flicks in a way only he can imagine.

We're still years away from "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice", the latest installment in the Batman movie saga (or the next Superman flick, depending on whom you ask) but there's been plenty of buzz surrounding the inevitable lead-in for a Justice League movie.

So far we've seen shots of Henry Cavill as Superman, photos of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman as well as a few stills of the Batmobile. And let's not forget all the talk behind Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and taking on the mantle of the Dark Knight.

Affleck's currently promoting David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he's shared some personal tidbits like the fact that his daughters don't give a sh*t he's taking on one of comics' most beloved superheroes and the steep pressure he's faced since taking on the role.

And understandably so.

Affleck has to live up to some of Hollywood's biggest actors like Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and most recently James Franco (but more on that later) and their takes on the Caped Crusader.

So to see what Affleck is up against, we've rounded up all the actors (live action and voice actors) who've played Bruce Wayne by day and donned the cape and cowl at night on TV and on the silver screen. And if you're interested on what would happen if James Franco were to take "Batman" and mash it up with "Beetlejuice", check out the video above.

  • Olan Soule in "The Adventures of Batman"
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    Olan Soule first started out as a live theater actor before stints in radio and eventually television. He gained a reputation as a character voice actor and was soon tasked in bringing Batman to kids in the form of a cartoon.

    While Soule's version of Batman was light on the cape and cowl of past iterations, he certainly nailed the campy part for future renditions.
  • George Clooney in "Batman & Robin"
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    Let's get this out of the way: "Batman & Robin" will probably go down in history as one of one of history's worst renditions of Batman. Most of that blame falls on the shoulder of director Joel Schumacher but part of it is also on George Clooney for his light-hearted portrayal as the Dark Knight. He did nail the rich playboy aspect of Bruce Wayne though, so points for that.
  • Val Kilmer in "Batman Forever"
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    "Batman Forever" may have been a departure from the dark undertones during Tim Burton's time directing Batman movies but Val Kilmer's portrayal as a Bruce Wayne had a surprising amount of anguish and mental torment as a boy who grew up watching his parents gunned down in front of his eyes.

    His performance as Batman left a little more to be desired though. Between cheesy lines and that goofy smile (when does Batman ever smile?) Kilmer takes a backseat to some of the other actors on this list.
  • Adam West in "Batman"
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    Depending on when you grew up, you knew Adam West as the strange Mayor West on "Family Guy" or as the guy who played the campiest Batman to date. While this sounds like a bad thing, Adam West embraced it and made it his own, standing out among the other Batmen who tried to be too serious or take a middle-of-the-road approach to the winged crusader.
  • Michael Keaton in "Batman", "Batman Returns"
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    Aside from Christian Bale, Keaton is the only actor to star in back-to-back Batman movies. As the first Batman to hit the big screen, Keaton set the bar for future actors who'd don the cape and cowl striking the right balance behind the menacing and sombre Batman but the charming Bruce Wayne.
  • Christian Bale In "Batman Begins"
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    After two Batman movies by Joel Schumacher, fans were beginning to forget the roots of the Dark Knight. Enter Christopher Nolan with Christian Bale who brought the franchise to where it began: an origin story that shows the progression of Bruce Wayne from an angry man seeking revenge to a symbol of justice and fear.

    Sure, Bale's gravely Batman voice is still ripe for parody but his performance as someone training to become Batman is something none of the other actors on this list bring to the table.

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