Lewis Wilson was the first actor to play the DC Comics character Batman in live action in Columbia Pictures' 15-part series in 1943.
In 1949, actor Robert Lowery took on the role of Batman in the "Batman and Robin" serial.
The "Batman" TV series, starring Adam West, debuted in January 1966 on ABC. It ran through 1968.
West would later reprise his role several times, including in the short-lived animated series, "The New Adventures of Batman."
Michael Keaton was cast in Tim Burton's 1989 big-screen version of "Batman." A slam dunk at the box office, the movie ended up becoming the top-grossing film of the year.
Micheal Keaton returned to the role of "Batman" in 1992 for "Batman Returns," also directed by Tim Burton. The movie went on to gross $162 million at the box office.
Val Kilmer starred in 1995's "Batman Forever," a film that opened to mixed reviews but did well at the box office. Joel Schumacher directed it.
George Clooney's turn at Batman came in 1997 with the big-screen version of "Batman and Robin," directed by Joel Schumacher. The film was widely panned.
In 2005, Christian Bale began his turn as the Caped Crusader in "Batman Begins," the first film in a trilogy from filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
Christian Bale returned as Batman in 2008's "The Dark Knight," directed by Christopher Nolan. As of 2019, it is the tenth top-grossing film of all time in the U.S.
Christian Bale played Bruce Wayne/Batman for a third time in 2012 for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."
Kevin Conroy voiced "Batman: The Animated Series," which ran from 1992-1993, and voiced the caped crusader in 1993's animated film "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm."
Ben Affleck is the latest incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman, Superman, and other members of the DC Comics universe together. Affleck starred in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and 2017's "Justice League," while also making an appearance in 2016's "Suicide Squad."