Ah, now you’re in my territory! Of course they would have been perfect. One thing that worked a bit in Batman Begins was famous-face Neeson using the name Ducard. A Ducard. Anagram of Dracula. (Sort of.) Herring comma red comma one each. Sort-of-al-Ghul-ish facial hair choice.
Neal Adams, Christopher Lee, Caroline Munro, Stan Lee - all contemporaries.
C’mon, who wouldn’t want to see a desert sword-fight between prime-time Chris Lee and, say, Ben Affleck? Or Bale (he did better on the training scenes movement-wise). Maybe not Adam West, but who knows what he might have done with different wardrobe design?