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As far as I can tell from popular consensus, the Tumbler was well liked, awe inspiring, refreshingly new & different in a good way. It was designed and built from scratch just for the movie. And it actually runs and moves in real life as it appears in the movie.
Of all the Batmans, only Keaton stands against Bale as top choice. Even then it comes down mostly to age. Some may argue for the golden age in Adam West too. And an honorable mention for Kevin Conroy as the quintessential voice.
It's like debating best Bond. Only Connery stands a chance against Craig now. But it is mostly split by age group on that also.
For the modern iterations, Keaton is miles ahead of the rest, but Kilmer beats out Bale by a large margin. Bale was an adequate Bruce Wayne, but his Batman was so cartoonish it was absurd. It's funny that you mention this, because when Casino Royale came out, I mentioned to my friends that all Lazenby really had going for him was that he was the worst Bond ever, but Daniel Craig took that honor right away from him. I'd also put Connery third, but I recognize that I'm in the minority there.
I don't particularly have a favourite batman, but clooney was definitely the most rediculous casting choice, at a push he could be borderline convincing as Bruce Wayne, but only really in a universe where he didn't become batman.
Funny thing for me is that the definitive Joker is actually the Arkham Asylum games version, voiced by Mark Hamill.
In terms of a UCS Batmobile, I can only see two possibilities, the Tumbler or the 60s version. But it think the tumbler makes much more sense now, with the new batman/superman film on the horizon, but few images out they need to get it out before that one becomes the logical choice. The 60s version is iconic enough that it could come out just about any time and be recognised.
Just found it odd you said the definitive joker is from a game when Mark Hamill does the joker in the entire series.
Has for the worst Batman i think were yet to see him.
Im reserving judgement on Affleck until I actually see the film. Daredevil was awful, but that was the whole film, not just Affleck in my opinion,
Has for Affleck, he's just Affleck in everything.
(All in good fun, but if you are going to dump on Batman lets not pretend the subject of your avatar is any less absurd.)
Which is why I have three kids that would disagree with you, since Tenant and Smith is who they saw first. We are all hoping that a Lego Ideas Doctor Who set comes to pass with a good selection of characters.
I've picked them up a couple of times when I've seen them in shops, but just couldn't bring myself to actually buy them.
As for Batman they all bring something to the table (except Clooney). I think Affleck will be good given the chance. I think Bale was brilliant but thas because I love Nolan's films more then the awful Burton, IMO. (don't like any of Burton's films surprised he didn't cast Depp as Batman and Helena Bohem-Carter in any of his films, yawn. Though I do have a special place for Keaton because again it was the first Batman film I saw as a child in the cinema (On North Sea Ferries as it happened).
Favorite Batman so far - Bale.
Favorite Bond so far - Craig.
I am sure that will change as more films are made though.
I am really out there because I can see someone else playing Indiana Jones, there I said it.
Disregarding the absurdity of impractically donning his bat pajamas, Batman also chooses to throw all of his riches at a city that crime seems to flock to for no reason whatsoever (except, perhaps, because they have the most inept police force in history). These things in and of themselves could probably be overlooked, but the guy is also friends with Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and a whole other ARMY of people that could clean up Gotham in seconds.
So it's not just the absurdity of Batman himself I find ridiculous... it's the entire scenario they've crafted. He's a character that can't possibly be taken seriously, which is why Adam West will always be the definitive Batman for me. He really hammed it up, which is the only reasonable way Batman can be portrayed.
As to Bond... Brosnan is my favorite with Moore a close second and then Connery. Then there's a huge jump to Dalton, another huge jump to Lazenby who just barely edges out Craig. But again, I recognize I'm in the minority here.
in short they both have the same "power" which is money and tons of it. both can fight with the best of them BUT Stark gets the bonus of intelligence over virtually everyone.
Ps: Ain't Batman's new grappling gun looking cool.
As an aside, I love the Nolan movies and enjoyed Bale as Batman. I prefer Batman to exist in a universe where he is the only "super" hero. To me, he is realistic simply because he is one of the few "superheroes" that is actually even remotely plausible. The others are complete farce. I still enjoy the movies and stories though.
So that's probably more to my point, specifically with Nolan's films. The Batman concept doesn't really work in a world I'm supposed to believe could actually exist.
To be fair, I have a similar problem with the X-Men as a part of the larger Marvel Universe, even though I still love (most) of the books. I have never been able to reconcile how mutants, because they're born with these powers, are consistently feared and reviled by the rest of humanity, while the Fantastic Four are super celebrities and loved by everyone. If I'm scared of Pyro because he might shoot fire at me, it stands to reason I'd be terrified of Human Torch.
Ah well. Gambit is awesome. ;)
Thought those films were fantastic.
What? Where? Who now? Somebody say something? No? Must be my hearing.
Sooo... Adam West... Love that tv series, so annoying that they never got the legal bumf sorted out for a dvd release.
Ooh, I hope it's uncut, in broadcast format with all the episodic voice-overs intact, AND is made available in the UK. One of these three is less likely than the other two... guess which. :o/
With luck they'll release as a region-free bluray, and I wouldn't be averse to them sticking an Adam West lego fig on the cover. :o)
One for the christmas list.