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A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman, DC comics has declared today Batman Day! In honor of the major milestone we are taking a look back at the many interpretations of the caped crusader, beginning with the film that started them all.

We dug into the ET vault to flashback to 1989 when were on the premiere of Tim Burton's Batman. The film which starred Michael Keaton as the DC superhero went on to be a box office smash racking in $411 million worldwide. Yet during production, Keaton had his doubts.

"There were a few nights where I kind of thought I may have pushed it too far this time!" Keaton admitted to ET in 1989.

Tim Burton's darker, grittier interpretation of Batman was the pioneer in the popular franchise and spawned three sequels.

Some of Hollywood's most famous leading men have followed in Keaton's footsteps as Batman including Val Kilmer in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever and Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's wildly successful Dark Knight trilogy. George Clooney, who played Batman in 1997's Batman & Robin, knew he had some big shoes to fill.

"Michael [Keaton] started this and he made it his own," Clooney told ET in 1997. "Batman is Batman and Michael will always be Batman because of that."

Ben Affleck is the next actor to don the cape as the beloved superhero in Zack Snyder's highly anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film is expected to hit U.S. theaters April 29, 2016.

Watch the video for a look at Ben's Batman. Happy Batman Day!

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