Christian Bale beats Ben Affleck as favorite ‘Batman’ based on poll

Christian Bale is the fan-favorite Batman actor, with the majority preferring him over Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, and Adam West.

Christian Bale tops the poll as fans most-loved Bruce Wayne. Thousands of Batman fans chose him over more popular actors like Michael Keaton, Adam West, and Ben Affleck when it comes to playing the role of the Caped Crusader.

Christian Bale is the fan-favorite Batman

Christian Bale starred in Christopher Nolan’s highly acclaimed Batman trilogy. Up until today, fans still love his portrayal of Bruce Wayne because the majority of those who responded in’s survey chose him as their favorite Batman.

“The Dark Knight rises! After starring in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed bat-trilogy and reinventing the character for a new generation, it’s no surprise that Christian Bale is still fans’ favorite version of the Caped Crusader, eight years after he left the role,” said Huw Fullerton,’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Editor, Yahoo! reported.

“He might not have shark-repellant bat-spray or a loyal boy sidekick, but after capturing over 40 per cent of the vote, it’s clear to see that this particular Batman’s popularity is still not on the (Bruce) wane.”

Based on the votes, Bale amassed 42% of the votes. Meanwhile, Adam West came second with 14%, and Michael Keaton was at third spot with 13%.

Ben Affleck, who played the most recent Caped Crusader before Robert Pattinson’s new version, was at the fourth spot. Kevin Conroy and Will Arnett, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney were at the bottom.

Bale turned down the fourth Batman role

After three successful Batman movies, Christian Bale was asked to star in another film for the fourth time. However, he turned down the invitation.

The conclusion for the Dark Knight trilogy was left hanging, which means Bale still had a chance to come back for a fourth movie. However, when the studio approached him to do another Batman with Christopher Nolan, he decided to turn it down and stick to the director’s original plan.

Bale explained that Christopher Nolan only wanted to do three movies. So, when they completed it, they agreed to move on from the franchise.

“We have to stick to Chris’ dream, which was always to, hopefully, do a trilogy. Let’s not stretch too far and become overindulgent and go for a fourth,” Bale told Toronto Sun.

Robert Pattinson is the next Batman

Robert Pattinson is the newest actor to play Batman. Warner Bros. released the official trailer of Pattinson’s The Batman version last month during the DC FanDome event. Fans have mixed opinions about his “emo” look.

Meanwhile, Ben Affleck approved of Pattinson as the next Batman. The Gone Girl star admitted that the role deserves someone who is dying to do it, and it’s not him anymore.

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