Bad man for Batman but...

Bad man for Batman but...
Ben Affleck (above)

My favourite Batman of all time is Michael Keaton, star of Tim Burton's Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).

When he was cast as the Caped Crusader, comic nerds went bananas.

Where is his jaw? Where are his muscles? He was Mr Mum!

Of course, there was no Internet in those halcyon days, so no one really gave a damn about what nerds said. The movies went on to be hugely popular, and Keaton was a big part of their success.

Intense, cagey and scrappy, the rat-faced actor has so far been the only Batman who's actually resembled a bat. The character was shadowy and mysterious, even a tad mystical. He didn't look like a US Marine; he didn't need to - he's Batman!

There was a storybook quality to Burton's Batman films that I adored, and Batman became very important in my life for a time.

I actually ended up buying a Batman promotional standee that I displayed in my bedroom. What was I thinking? Best not to contemplate. At any rate, he was MY Batman.

Over the past week, there's been another kerfuffle over another Batman.

When it was announced last Friday that Ben Affleck would be taking over the role from the superb Christian Bale, who helmed Christopher Nolan's rebooted Batman trilogy, the Internet shrieked.

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