Batman to Bacchus: Val Kilmer Set to be Grand Marshal

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The actor who once played Batman will soon be sporting a different kind of costume. Val Kilmer, star of 1995's "Batman Forever," has been named this year's King of Bacchus.

His reign will include Kilmer, decked out in royal apparel, riding through New Orleans on a float in the annual Krewe of Bacchus parade. It rolls on Feb. 22, two days before Mardi Gras.

The 49-year-old Kilmer is no stranger to New Orleans. He's filmed at least two movies in the city - "Deja Vu" with Denzel Washington, Paula Patton and James Caviezel in 2006 and "The Bad Lieutenant" with Nicholas Cage last year.

Last year, wrestler and reality television star Hulk Hogan was the krewe's celebrity king.

Here are the past Krewe of Bacchus kings:

1969 - Danny Kaye

1970 - Raymond Burr

1971 - Jim Nabors

1972 - Phil Harris

1973 - Bob Hope

1974 - Glenn Campbell

1975 - Jackie Gleason

1976 - Perry Como

1977 - Henry Winkler

1978 - Ed McMahon

1979 - Ron Howard

1980 - Pete Fountain

1981 - Sgt. John McKeel, Jr.

1982 - Dom Delouise

1983 - Charlton Heston

1984 - Kirk Douglas

1985 - Lorne Greene

1986 - John Ritter

1987 - William Shatner

1988 - Alan Thicke

1989 - Billy Crystal

1990 - Dennis Quaid

1991 - Steve Guttenberg

1992 - Gerald McRaney

1993 - Harry Connick, Jr.

1994 - Jean Claude Van-Damme

1995 - John Larroquette

1996 - Dick Clark

1997 - Tom Arnold

1998 - Drew Carey

1999 - Jim Belushi

2000 - Luke Perry

2001 - Larry King

2002 - Nicholas Cage

2003 - John Lovitz

2004 - Elijah Wood

2005 - Sean Astin

2006 - Michael Keaton

2007 - James Gandolfini

2008 - Hulk Hogan

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