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The 7 best Batmans, as ranked by their chins
Ben Affleck is a fine choice to play the Caped Crusader
Your new Bat-chin.
Your new Bat-chin. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI
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he big news out of the entertainment world is that Ben Affleck — whom we last saw accepting a Best Picture award for Argo, a film he directed, produced, and starred in — will add to his prodigious Hollywood legacy by donning pointy ears and a cape. Yes, the man who starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in Gigli will be Gotham's next Batman, an illustrious role most recently held by Christian Bale.

As tends to happen with such things, aggrieved critics openly voiced their displeasure across the Twittersphere:

Hogwash. Ben Affleck has a strong, finely chiseled chin (even if it is a little butt-like). Indeed, when it comes to Batman's all-important chin, Affleck's jaw line can stand with the best of them — and is certainly superior to, say, Val Kilmer's more delicate bone structure.

Presented without commentary, here is our infallible list of the best Batmans, as ranked by the strength of their chins:

7. Val Kilmer



6. Christian Bale



5. Adam West



4. Ben Affleck



3. Michael Keaton



2. George Clooney



1. Batman from Batman: The Animated Series

Chris Gayomali is the science and technology editor for TheWeek.com. Sometimes he writes about other stuff. His work has also appeared in TIME, Men's JournalEsquire, and The Atlantic.

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