While Claire and I have nothing against Christian Bale as the Caped Crusder, we totally believe that Clancy Brown would be the perfect Batman. (Especially the older, more cynical Dark Knight Returns style Batman.)
Just look at him act! He's got the deep, piercing gaze. The fearsome, commanding voice. The menacing snarl. Plus, anybody who's seen Carnivale can attest that his face looks hella intimidating in shadows.
Besides, the man has prior experience with comic book properties, anyway. He voiced Lex Luthor in the "Diniverse" DC cartoons (Superman: TAS, JLU). He also voices Mr. Krabs on Spongebob Squarepants, but I guess that's neither here nor there, really.
Oh, and he's more than capable of putting on the fake smile and plastic diplomacy necessary to pull of his Bruce Wayne persona, too. See...
Face it, people -- Clancy Brown is the Goddamn Batman!
tags: Batman, Clancy Brown