Ben Affleck Edges Out Michael Keaton as Best Version

Ben Affleck might be done with superhero movies, but at least he’ll be fondly remembered. According to a recent poll, nearly one in three Americans still think he’s the best on-screen Batman. In anticipation of “The Batman,” the caped crusader’s latest film premiere on March 4, OnePoll asked 1,000 survey respondents to weigh in on who they feel brought Batman to life most convincingly by offering up their top three picks.

Overall, Affleck (31%) just barely edged out Michael Keaton as the favorite Batman version (30%). And while George Clooney’s self-described franchise killer ranked low (23%), it wasn’t the bottom of the list. That honor goes to Will Arnett’s comedic portrayal in “The LEGO Movie” and “The LEGO Batman Movie” (21%).

Favorite ‘Batman’ portrayals differ among generations

Not surprisingly, age seems to be a factor. Gen Z and Millennial respondents (ages 18-25 and 26-41) gravitate toward Ben Affleck. Gen Xers (ages 42-55) favor Michael Keaton. Baby boomers (ages 57-71) prefer Adam West from the 1966 live-action TV series.

As every comic fan knows, Batman’s billionaire secret identity warrants a very different performance. So when asked which actor does a better Bruce Wayne, Affleck (33%) lost out to voice actor Kevin Conroy (34%) of the ‘90s animated series and Arkham games.

That goes double for Gen Z and millennials, who overwhelmingly prefer Conroy’s Bruce Wayne (55% and 38%). But what about Robert Pattinson, the latest man to don the cape and cowl? While respondents weren’t asked to give him an official ranking before seeing his actual performance, 58% feel he’ll do a better-than-average job at the very least.

One in four (25%) even theorize that he’s on track to be the best Batman. Millennials seem the most divided though, which isn’t all that surprising, given Pattinson’s past status as a former heartthrob in both the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” franchises.

What about ‘Catwoman’?

Meanwhile, respondents have a harder time nailing down their favorite version of Catwoman, who’ll be portrayed by Zoe Kravitz in the upcoming film.

Data reveals a three-way tie between Michelle Pfeiffer from “Batman Returns,” Anne Hathaway from “The Dark Night Rises”, and Adrienne Barbeau, who voiced Selina Kyle for the animated series. Halle Berry, the only person to play Catwoman in her own standalone movie, came in fourth with 28%.

The best thing about Batman, though, is that there’s plenty of room to interpret the franchise. One in six respondents (16%) don’t feel there’s ever been a “definitive” version of the character.

A different one in six, however, name Michael Keaton as the definitive Batman, which makes sense. After all, while he and Affleck are returning for “The Flash,” only one of them will be moving on to yet another upcoming cameo in “Batgirl”… and it won’t be Affleck.

The Batman begins with dollar 57 mn on opening day at domestic box-office

Robert Pattinson-starrer ‘The Batman’ finally hit movie theatres this weekend and has grossed a whopping $57 million from 4,417 locations in its opening day, though that’s a sum that includes $21.6 million from Thursday’s preview screenings.

Los Angeles: Robert Pattinson-starrer ‘The Batman’ finally hit movie theatres this weekend and has grossed a whopping $57 million from 4,417 locations in its opening day, though that’s a sum that includes $21.6 million from Thursday’s preview screenings.

The DC adaptation is tracking to open somewhere between $120 million and $130 million for the weekend. With more than $50 million already in the bank, ‘The Batman’ is already the biggest opening weekend of 2022, with aUncharted’ standing at a distant second with a $44 million three-day debut.

It’s yet another demonstration that superhero appointment viewing is in a league of its own for moviegoers, reports

Compared to the franchise’s recent history, that figure would fall short of the opening weekend totals for Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ ($158 million) and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ($160 million), as well as that of Zack Snyder’s crossover showdown ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ ($166 million).

However, ‘The Batman’ is not a sequel like those films; instead, it’s a whole cloth reboot of the property, with a new cast, a new mood and a new story. Nolan’s reboot, ‘Batman Begins’, opened to $48 million in 2005 — a number that ‘The Batman’ is more than doubling.

Big-budget spectacles (and comic book adaptations, especially) can tend to be front-loaded in their box office hauls and ‘The Batman’ should be no exception. More than a third of its opening day grosses were earned through Thursday night previews.

However, Warner Bros. hopes the DC adaptation will have longer staying power thanks to its positive reception.

‘The Batman’ sees Robert Pattinson as the seventh actor to don the cowl of the Caped Crusader in a live-action movie. The film also stars Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

Directed by Matt Reeves, the production proved to be a prolonged one due to the Covid pandemic, with a production budget ballooning past $200 million.

Video game adaptation ‘Uncharted’ looks to take the runner-up slot with a $12.4 million gross in its third weekend. The Tom Holland vehicle should clear a $100 million domestic gross after Sunday, an achievement that will only be shared by ‘The Batman’ when drawing from 2022 releases.

Canine road movie ‘Dog’ continues to do solid business. The Channing Tatum vehicle added $1.6 million to its haul on Friday, a lean 35 per cent drop from a week ago. The film should expand its domestic gross to $40 million through the weekend, a finish above $50 million looks to be in the cards. That’s a marked victory for a star-driven drama budgeted at $15 million.

Even with competition in the superhero department, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is still sticking around the box office’s top five nearly three months after its debut. The MCU monster looks to take in $4.7 million in its twelfth weekend, a measly 18 per cent drop from its previous outing.

‘No Way Home’ domestic gross will stand at a colossal $786 million after Sunday as the film crawls to a potential finish above $800 million.

‘Death on the Nile’ should round out the top five with a projected three-day haul of $2.85 million. After an underwhelming domestic opening of $12.8 million, Kenneth Branagh’s whodunnit has enjoyed some somewhat merciful holds.

The release now eyes a finish above $40 million. That’s a ways away from its reported $90 million production budget, though international grosses will buoy ‘Death on the Nile’ even further.


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