With The Dark Knight Rises in theaters, it marks the occasion when one single actor was able to play the titular role for three straight movies. In the past, Batman was seen more as a “Bond” character, which meant that different actors played the same role. Of course, older Batman movies were nowhere near as successful and serious as The Dark Knight series, so it’s obvious that something had to change. With Christian Bale at the helm, the Batman franchise has been given life support to – you guessed it – rise again. But what about past Batmans? Let’s pay homage to some of the actors who took on the mask.