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14 Actors Who Played Batman Before Ben Affleck

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After weeks of speculation over who would replace Christian Bale as Warner Bros.' next Batman, the studio announced that Ben Affleck -- Academy Award-winning director, producer and star of "Argo" -- would be the 15th actor to don the cape in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. Take a look back at the 14 other actors who have portrayed the caped crusader in film and television.

Lewis G. Wilson: The first actor to play the Dark Knight in Columbia Pictures' 15-episode TV series, "Batman." As the United States had just entered the second World War, Batman’s nemesis was a Japanese spy called Dr. Daka, whose plan was to take over the U.S. through a group of American traitors. Wilson died in 2000.



Robert Lowery: In 1949, Lowery took over for Wilson in the sequel series, "Batman and Robin." Fun fact: he grew up on Wayne Avenue in Kansas City pursuing Hollywood stardom. He died in 1971.



Adam West: For an entire generation, West is Batman, thanks to his turn on the iconic TV series that ran from 1966 to 1968 and spawned a film. West’s halting delivery and campy earnestness are a far cry from today’s Dark Knight, but his Bruce Wayne stands as one of the most beloved portrayals.



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