A good meme can make even the worst of days a little bit more tolerable. Some of them are so ridiculous or funny that you can’t help but laugh out loud when you see them. Some of the victims in the memes we will look at in this list will surely disagree with this as the memes are probably the bane of their existence. Much has been said about the quality of each iteration of Batman we have seen over the years, as we have seen more versions of Batman on screen than we have James Bond, which is pretty incredible when you think about it.
People have argued endlessly about who has portrayed the best version of the iconic DC character, but it’s fun to see hours of nerd arguments distilled into an image with a short caption. They get to the heart of the matter, and they often do it in an interesting or hilarious manner that really captivates us. Let’s take a look at the best memes that pit interpretations of the Dark Knight against each other. So without further ado we present the 20 dankest Batman movie memes that will no doubt split your sides with laughter.
20. DID YOU KNOW I WAS BATMAN?
This is a fantastic meme because so many worlds collide in just one hilarious image: we have a great scene of the Vulture (who has discovered Peter Parker’s alter ego) and Spider-Man interacting in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and they’re talking about two iconic interpretations of Batman (Michael Keaton and Christian Bale) using some dialogue from Homecoming. What is not to love there?
The Vulture can’t accept that Spider-Man thinks Christian Bale is the best Batman. He isn’t concerned anymore that Peter is dating his daughter and might foil his plans. Now it’s gotten really personal, and the Vulture is not having it. Perhaps this was a real exchange between Michael Keaton and Tom Holland during takes. That would definitely help Keaton get into character and feel the Vulture’s rage.
19. YOUR ARGO MENT IS INVALID
With the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman came a lot of backlash from fans. They were ripping him to shreds, because they didn’t think he had what it takes to play the character. A lot of people said he was a no talent hack that wouldn’t possibly do a good job. Of course, fanboys can get pretty crazy and they don’t necessarily think rationally. Just give the guy a chance.
As this meme points out, the man has two Oscars to his name (a writing credit shared with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting and for his direction of Argo). Plus, he’s Batman. So the haters’ “Argo ment” is invalid. It’s a silly play on words but it’s still hilarious, especially when coupled with the photoshopped mask on his face.
18. WHATEVER YOU DO…
This shot taken straight out of George Clooney’s legal thriller Michael Clayton, where he plays a professional who contains incriminating stories to prevent financial catastrophes for big firms. This translates perfectly to Clooney’s mentor role for actors to play Batman in future films. He warns: “Whatever you do… Don’t let them put nipples on your suit.”
The nipples, as many of you already know, have been a major critique of Clooney’s Batsuits. It didn’t help that his Batman movie was terrible, but the nipples were the icing on the cake. Whether he’s giving this advice to Christian Bale, Ben Affleck or some other actor in the future is irrelevant. Just know that if you’re going to play Batman, you better make it clear that your suit has to be nipple free.
17. HOW DARE YOU
This image of Batman slapping Robin has been used in countless memes for different purposes but it was never used quite as appropriately as this. The image, which may or may not be a really old comic book panel from the Batman series, features vivid colors that are perfect for a children’s book. That is why it is so shocking to see the gratuitous child abuse in the art.
Robin was certainly excited to express his opinion to Batman about his favorite actor to play the role but Batman was clearly not having it. He is obviously not a fan of George Clooney and felt the need to silence the Boy Wonder in a manner fitting the blasphemous thing he said. Robin definitely didn’t see that one coming.
16. BATMAN FANS CAN LIKE THEM ALL
This entry is particularly interesting because, for the most part, memes can be pretty brutal. When there are a lot of fans who dislike an actor’s portrayal of a superhero, you’re bound to find tons of memes that insult the actor brutally. Even actors who are generally well received can get a lot of cruel memes made about them. That’s why it’s refreshing to see someone point out all the qualities of each interpretation of the character.
When you’re a Batman fan, you don’t have to like only one actor who played the character. You’re allowed to like them all. And just because the Internet likes to create conflict between people who love different interpretations of a character, it doesn’t mean that you can’t love each version.
15. BATMAN WITH BATMAN
This is a pretty cool set of shots, as it shows the latest Batman, Ben Affleck, getting along with actors who previously played the role. In the top left, we’ve got Will Arnett who voices Batman in The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. In the top right corner, we have two-time Batman actor Michael Keaton. In the bottom left corner, there’s The Dark Knight Trilogy Batman Christian Bale. And in the bottom right, we have George Clooney. According to the meme, he is not worthy of being called Batman, unlike the other actors shown here.
14. EVERYONE LOSES THEIR MINDS
Have you ever seen a meme that you realized makes absolutely no sense because the person who created it clearly made a mistake and referenced the wrong movie/actor/scene? This meme plays off of that sense of confusion, as it combines a line spoken by the Joker to Two-Face in The Dark Knight and a scene between Batman and the Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie.
The meme is pretty brilliant because the shot of Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton is in the exact same angle as the shot in The Dark Knight that is normally used for this meme. On top of that, it is perfectly justifiable for people to lose their minds when someone uses the wrong template for a meme. How are we supposed to understand your joke if you have the wrong image?
13. THE JOKER
This is a great meme because it perfectly encapsulates every actor’s interpretation of the Joker. Cesar Romero played the clown in the campy Adam West Batman series. Jack Nicholson played a gangster version of the character in Tim Burton’s Batman. Heath Ledger was a Joker whose purpose was to create chaos and anarchy. Jared Leto played a psychopath (although we also would have accepted a pimp). And finally we have Mark Hamill who voiced the Joke in Batman: The Animated Series.
Hamill is simply referred to as “The Joker,” because for countless fans, he was the perfect personification of the character. No one else has been able to capture the character’s personality in the comics on film or television as perfectly as the voice actor.
12. DID YOU HEAR?
When Ben Affleck was first cast as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most fans were floored. They thought it was one of the worst casting decisions ever made. How could Warner Brothers cast an actor who has previously failed so miserably at playing a superhero? Daredevil was a major bomb and it sullied Ben Affleck’s career for quite a few years.
In light of that, it makes perfect sense that someone would make a meme like this. Christian Bale, the Batman before Affleck, is cracking up because he can’t believe that Affleck would replace him as Batman. It sounded like a complete farce. Luckily Affleck did a great job in the role, but this meme perfectly captures the sentiment at the time.
11. CONAN’S FAVORITE BATMAN
This meme gets its line straight out of the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian, where the Mongol General asks Conan what he believes is best in life. Conan replies, “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.” It appears that Conan’s thoughts of the different actors to play Batman follow a similar pattern. He’s clearly not a fan of Christian Bale or George Clooney. However, he does love TV Batman Adam West.
We’re actually quite surprised by this since we would have expected him to be more of a Ben Affleck fan since Affleck’s interpretation is a little less merciful than any other interpretation of the character. We never would have thought Conan loved camp so much.
10. NOT YOU, GEORGE CLOONEY
Poor George Clooney. If he wasn’t filthy rich and handsome, he might actually care about these memes but we’re pretty sure he’s perfectly fine. The meme points out how some actors were born to play Batman, and includes images of all the people who portrayed the iconic character. George Clooney is actually a part of the images chosen for this collage, except the person who made the meme points out that Clooney wasn’t born to play the character.
What makes this meme even more hilarious is the fact that one of the images of Batman (the one in the bottom left corner) didn’t appear in a film or TV show. It’s just a painting of the character. So even a painting plays the character better than Clooney? Ouch…
9. CHRISTIAN BALE IS IN A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
A lot of people speculated about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. Did Bruce Wayne really escape the blast of the bomb and live happily ever after with Selina Kyle? Or did Alfred imagine the whole scenario? Some interpret the ending as Alfred’s dream that never came to fruition. This meme presents another theory. Maybe Christian Bale dreamt the whole thing. The Dark Knight Trilogy is all happened in his head.
This also reminds us of another Christopher Nolan movie, the crime drama Inception where thieves retrieve information of wealthy people through their dreams. Meanwhile, the real Batman was always and remains to be Michael Keaton. Although Nolan has admitted that the ending was never meant to be ambiguous and Bale’s Batman does indeed escape the blast, that doesn’t stop us from laughing at this silly meme.
8. VAL KILMER USED TO BE BATMAN
Val Kilmer is an incredibly gifted actor who has played a lot of fantastic roles over the years. Unfortunately, he played Batman in one of the worst Bat-films: Batman Forever. He was an extremely handsome guy in the ’90s, so Warner Brothers obviously saw great potential in him. Unfortunately, time waits for no man, and Val Kilmer has aged just like the rest of us.
He’s now in his mid 50s, so it’s only normal that he no longer looks the way he did 20 years ago. He gained a bit of weight over the years, but the picture of him used in this meme is particularly unflattering. The meme is particularly funny because of his smile in the photograph. This guy used to be Batman.
7. HE DID IT OUT OF SPITE
Who knew Christian Bale only signed on for a third Batman movie to one up Michael Keaton. That was the case, according to this meme. Are they saying that Bale is so childish and competitive that he has to outdo everyone else? We suppose it is a decent theory considering the lengths he does to in order to become a character, like losing excessive amounts of weight for a film only to gain it back for another role.
Maybe Christian Bale’s goal in life is to outdo everyone in Hollywood and become the most dedicated actor of all time. If Ben Affleck decides to do more than three Batman movies, perhaps Bale will take on the role again so that he can beat Affleck’s record.
6. NOT AS COOL
Michael Keaton certainly set the tone for what it meant to be a cool superhero. Despite all the media against him before the movie came out, Keaton turned out to be a fantastic Batman and exuded cool. When you’re the first to do something, everyone will always compare other actors who come after to that standard. And it’s certainly a high standard to live up to when you’re an up and coming actor.
Before Batman Begins came out, Christian Bale was far from being a household name. In this meme, Bale’s Batman comes to terms with the fact that he will never be as cool as Keaton. We’re not sure where the open-mouth/shocked look originated, but it’s certainly funny and works perfectly in this meme.
5. BATMAN VOICE
In this photo, Michael Keaton looks like he’s practicing his standup routine. What do you think the subject matter of his standup would be? Naturally, any comedian will refer to personal experience to make their routine great. Keaton has had a lifetime of experience as an actor and Batman is one of his most iconic roles, so he would definitely have a couple of jokes about it.
While he’s at it, he might as well throw some shade to other actors who have played the character. Lots of fans cringe at Christian Bale’s Batman voice, because he growls so much to mask his regular voice that it is sometimes hard to understand him. He even lost his voice numerous times on set from doing the ridiculous voice. For that reason alone, we absolutely love this meme.
4. PATRICK BATEMAN DOESN’T LIKE THE NEW BATMAN
One of Christian Bale’s greatest roles pre-Batman was that of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, the narcissistic, shallow psychopath that is constantly trying to one up everyone else that he deems more successful than himself. There is a fantastic scene in the movie where he is presented with the new business card of an associate and he can hardly contain his jealousy.
This scene is remixed in the meme, as a lot of fans might have heard that Christian Bale was initially sad when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman as he would have liked to play the character once again. He later stated that he had regretted his take on Batman and he wished he had made his Batman more messed up. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker made him realize that he could have taken the character to a much darker place.
3. THE BEST BATMAN MOVIE EVER
Most movie fans would argue that The Dark Knight is the best Batman movie ever produced. There are incredible action scenes, one of the best villains ever filmed and a captivating script. However, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is an incredibly good animated film that came out in 1993. Originally, it made little money at the box office but it has gained a huge cult following over the years.
A lot of fans don’t even know about this film, but those who do love it passionately. The creator of this meme is clearly a huge fan and believes it is the best Batman movie ever produced. The story is about Batman trying to stop a new, mysterious vigilante who is killing Gotham crime bosses. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out.
2. IF YOU WERE A DRUG, WHICH WOULD YOU BE?
We’re sure that you’ve seen those ridiculous quizzes to determine what spirit animal you are or which Avenger you are. Well imagine there was a quiz to determine which drug you would be. This meme takes a look at each interpretation of the Joker and tries to determine which drug best suits each actor’s portrayal. Associating Cesar Romero with LSD makes perfect sense, since the entire show looks like everyone on set must have been on acid.
We also wouldn’t be surprised if Jack Nicholson’s Joker was snorting blow. And there’s definitely something heroin chic about Heath Ledger’s take on the character. Finally Jared Leto’s Joker looks like he might be a meth addict. It would make perfect sense considering he appears to have lost a lot of his teeth.
1. THE GODDAMN BATMAN
This meme goes through the list of actors that have played Batman on screen (excluding Ben Affleck, so the meme is a little dated, but the idea still rings true to a lot of fans today). It states how each of the actors played Batman, but when it gets to Kevin Conroy, the actor who voiced the character in countless animated shows, films and video games, it says that he “IS the goddamn Batman”.
This guy isn’t acting like the other fools listed in the meme. He’s the real deal. And for anyone who loved Batman: The Animated Series, you will understand why there is so much love for Conroy. The man is a voice acting legend and he deserves a lot of credit for keeping Batman consistently relevant and cool.
Which of these memes is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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