Christian Bale Named America's Favorite Batman in Adam West-Free Poll

June 19, 2019

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A new poll reveals that America's favorite Batman is Christian Bale. The Hollywood Reporter survey asked 2,201 adults in the U.S. to rank the five actors who have portrayed the Caped Crusader on the big screen. Bale came in at #1 with 39 percent of the vote, followed close behind by Michael Keaton with 38 percent. George Clooney came in third at 19 percent, with Ben Affleck at 18 percent and Val Kilmer at 17 percent. Meanwhile, the poll also found that younger movie fans are excited about Robert Pattinson taking on the role next, preferring him to fellow British actor Nicholas Hoult, who was considered a runner-up for the part. However, some comic books fans tweeted their disappointment that Adam West, who played Batman on the '60s TV series, didn't appear on the poll. Tweeted one West fan, "Adam West is Batman. The rest are just playing for a very distant second place."