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Number One Guy: Why Michael Keaton Is Cinema’s Best Batman

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There have been five men to portray Batman in the character's eight live-action feature-length films, from Adam West in Batman '66 to Christain Bale in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. All five actors came with their strengths and weaknesses, but the best was Michael Keaton, who played the DC Comics superhero in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns.

In the first major scene of Batman '89, Keaton famously grabs a terrified mugger by the collar, holds him off the side of a building, pulls him close to his face, and hisses, "I'm Batman." As a 12-year old watching that moment on a VHS tape in my living room, I believed Michael Keaton. And I still believe him as a grown man watching it on DVD in my office 25 years later, even after having seen a half-dozen different Batman movies since.

I realize declaring Michael Keaton's performance as Batman to be not only my favorite Batman but the best Batman is a somewhat controversial statement, even (especially?) among my fellow writers at ComicsAlliance, but allow me to make my case.

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‘Superman Lives’ Indeed Via Nic Cage’s Serene Movie Life Mask

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Over the past four years or so, fans have been treated to a host of screen test images, costume designs and various pieces of concept art from Warner Bros. and Tim Burton's canceled $50 million cinematic experiment known as Superman Lives. Actor Nico

Link Ink: Occupy Wall Street Art, ‘Costoberfest’ And George Clooney Reflects On ‘Batman & Robin’

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Art: Eric Drooker (The New Yorker, Howl) created a poster for Occupy Wall Street.

Anime: New One Piece resumed this past weekend. What'd you think?

Cosplay: Marvel has kicked off "Costoberfest," a promotion that profiles

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ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Batman & Robin’ (1997), Part Two

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Each week, Chris Sims and David Uzumeri take a look back at one of the most successful and influential comic book movie franchises of all time, in ComicsAlliance's in-depth retrospective on the Batman films.

Chris: Welcome back to Remedial Batman

ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Batman & Robin’ (1997), Part One

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Chris: Welcome back to Remedial Batmanology! This week, we begin our discussion of the fourth and final film of the Burton/Schumacher era, the much-maligned Batman & Robin. And as a special bonus, as we write this very article, David i

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