Michael Keaton's 'Batman' Was Released 25 Years Ago Today

PHOTO: Michael Keaton as Batman.
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Move over Ben Affleck.

Affleck's "Batman" may be coming in 2016, but long before the actor signed up the wear the mask and cape, Michael Keaton donned it for the film's premiere 25 years ago today. In fact, the Tim Burton-directed "Batman" was released on June 23, 1989.

Jack Nicholson as The Joker, Keaton as the Dark Knight -- those were the good old days!

On this anniversary, we take a look back at others who have played the Caped Crusader.

PHOTO: PHOTO: Lewis Wilson as Batman
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Lewis Wilson, "Batman" (1943)

Wilson was the first actor to play Batman as part of a 15-episode series, in which he was pitted against a Japanese spy called Dr. Daka during World War II. In "Batman," Wilson had to stop Daka from taking over America.

PHOTO: Robert Lowery as Batman
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Robert Lowery, "Batman and Robin" (1949)

In another series "Batman and Robin," Lowery took over the reins from Wilson to face off against the Wizard, who had a device that could control cars. Lowery would go on to guest star in episodes of "The Adventures of Superman," "Perry Mason" and "Circus Boy."

PHOTO: Adam West as Batman
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Adam West, "Batman" (1966-1968)

Before Kanye, Adam West dominated the headlines for his portrayal of Batman in the television series that ran from 1966 to 1968. The show used a lot more tongue-in-cheek comedy and was much lighter than the modern Batman films audiences have come to adore.

PHOTO: Michael Keaton as Batman
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Michael Keaton, "Batman" 1989, "Batman Returns" (1992)

Keaton, who has become a surprising cult favorite of Batman fans, donning the mask and cape twice, both for dark, gothic director Tim Burton in 1989's "Batman" opposite Jack Nicholson as the Joker and again in 1992 for "Batman Returns" with the sultry Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Keaton dropped off a third installment when Burton called it quits.

PHOTO: Val Kilmer as Batman
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Val Kilmer, "Batman Forever" (1995)

Kilmer faced off against two huge celebrity villains in "Batman Forever." Tommy Lee Jones was cast as Two-Face and Jim Carrey became the Riddler. The movie was a commercial success -- Burton didn't direct it, and it was more family-friendly -- and introduced a new generation to a campy Batman, like West 20 years prior.

PHOTO: George Clooney as Batman
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George Clooney, "Batman & Robin" (1997)

Affleck is the biggest name taking on the role of the caped crusader since Clooney in "Batman & Robin." That version also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman but was a critical failure, earned 11 Razzie Award nominations. Despite the rubbings, Clooney said, "Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it."

PHOTO: Christian Bale as Batman
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Chrisitan Bale, "Batman Begins" (2005), "The Dark Knight" (2008), "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012)

In 2005, Bale began his three-film run as Batman in "Batman Begins." The follow up was "The Dark Knight," arguably the best comic film of all time, receiving eight Oscar nominations and earning Heath Ledger the award for Best Supporting Actor as Joker. Bale finished his epic trilogy in 2012 with "The Dark Knight Rises."

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