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Batman Movies Ranked: From ‘The Dark Knight’ to ‘The Batman’

The Batman is available on streaming services and features – where possible – a Dark Knight even darker than Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The Batman is a noir detective story that respects what came before while unleashing Robert Pattinson’s heroes in a different kind of Gotham City.

Let’s compare the latest Bat-Stripe to every live-action Batman movie as well as the colorful and frenetic animated The Lego Batman Movie. (Batman rules in every dimension.) Note: We didn’t include other animated films like Mask of the Phantasm and The Killing Joke, or 2019’s batless spin-off Joker.

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13.Batman & Robin (1997)

That came out when I was 10 and it was the first time I walked out of a theater and thought, ‘Oh, movies can be Poorly.” The late, great Joel Schumacher was clearly trying to evoke the silliness of ’60s Batman, but totally missed the mark with this garish, over-the-top stinker – what’s particularly disappointing is that Mr. Freeze’s tragic backstory falls short of a series from the unforgettable Arnold Schwarzenegger Just watch the 90’s episode of the animated series Heart of Ice instead.

Sean Keane

12. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

What else did we expect from a movie that promised Godzilla vs. Kong? CGI, visual spectacle, poor character development and very serious. Tick, tick, tick, tick.

—Jennifer Bisset

Warner Bros. Pictures

11. League of Justice (2017)

I’m really glad this is lower than Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After watching both in a matter of days, I could understand why Joss Whedon wanted to scale back the massive cast of characters and complicated villain backstory for the 2017 theatrical release. The price? A few lines of explanation here and there, such as: “A scout… from space? Like an alien army?” Sherlock Bruce has to say this. Big sorrow.

Jennifer Bisset

20th century fox

Batman ’66 is as good or bad as you thought the Adam West TV show was. If phrases like “shark repellent bat spray” make you chuckle, you’ll probably find the film amusing. But if you found the combative version of the Dark Knight painful and disappointing, expect more of the same here. Personally, I find it an entertaining departure from the norm to watch Batman frantically running around looking for a safe place to plant an explosive because: “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”

Adam Benjamin

HBO Max

9. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

It’s four hours long, used for a fan campaign, and served as a promotion for HBO Max, but… I kind of liked Zack Snyder’s Justice League? Note: I watched Joss Whedon’s awful theatrical version days before. If anything – and no, this isn’t really a Batman comment – Snyder understood Wonder Woman to be an inspirational beacon of power and strength for young girls, rather than a piece of eye candy just to be shot up from the butt. When it comes to Ben Affleck’s beefy Batman, he did an absolutely fine job as the personal assistant coordinating the overpowered gods against the CGI army of villains.

Jennifer Bisset

8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Following The Dark Knight has never been an easy task, and The Dark Knight Rises feels like the victim of its own ambitions at times. Batman faces his most physically menacing enemy in Tom Hardy’s Bane, but the film also digs into the legacy of Bruce’s choices in previous films, not to mention a Gotham in dire straits. There’s a lot to juggle for a film, and the plot and characters stumble at times. But the highlights here are Hans Zimmer’s powerful score and Bale’s commitment to the character’s mission. Ultimately, The Dark Knight Rises is a fitting conclusion to Nolan’s trilogy, even if it doesn’t top its predecessors.

Adam Benjamin

Warner Bros.

If you don’t like this film, you’re wrong. It is really that easy. You hate joy and you hate Jim Carrey. Almost as much as Tommy Lee Jones reportedly hated Jim Carrey while making this film.

When it was released, Batman Forever was such…a great movie. It had a ridiculous amount of star power and made no sense at all. I loved it as a kid. Everyone loved it. Because it was a good movie. Not a bad movie. Ignore people who say this is a bad movie.

It’s a good movie.

Markus Serrels

Warner Bros.

Director Tim Burton borrowed from his signature style for his second Bat-outing, making Gotham City even more gothic and absurd as he prioritizes pageantry over plot. Keaton is once again a delight in the role, but he’s overshadowed by the villainous trio. Danny DeVito is gross but likeable as Penguin, and Christopher Walken is extremely sleazy as Max Shreck, but Michelle Pfeiffer steals the show as Chaos Catwoman’s undead agent. hear them roar

Sean Keane

WB

Batman Begins succeeds with its commitment to the Batman mythos and attention to detail. It is the first Batman film that is shown to us how Bruce becomes a bat, not just the events that put him on this path. Nolan understands that Batman is as much a mission as a superhero, and this film shows us the important victories – and failures – Bruce experiences as he methodically constructs Batman’s identity. Everything that makes The Dark Knight great is in this film, and it deserves a high spot on this list.

Adam Benjamin

Warner Bros. Pictures

4. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

This movie rules.

The Lego Batman is the funniest and best Lego movie for my money. Will Arnett is cast perfectly, the songs are great, and there’s a heart to the story, with real stakes. Dramatically underrated film.

Markus Serrels

Warner Bros.

Before Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder, we had Tim Burton. And in 1989, his odd gothic fantasy brought out layers we’d never really experienced in superhero films up to that point. Michael Keaton is an understated (and underrated) Batman, but the real star is Gotham City itself. The set and production design is spectacular and really brings the world of Batman to life. Jack Nicholson is also a decent joker.

Markus Serrels

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The sparkling vampire nailed it. Robert Pattinson may have lurked in excellent indie films for the past decade since Twilight, but his true talent as the brooding, reclusive Bruce Wayne who channels Kurt Cobain is revealed in the latest Batman escapade. Director/writer Matt Reeves respects all that has come before and brings his own fresh noir detective story to rain-soaked Gotham City. While its final act lacked in action, The Batman soars with vivid cinematography, unforgettable action pieces, and a well-defined, lived-in, criminal world. Aggressively stamp this into your retina.

– Jennifer Bisset

Warner Bros. Pictures

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

I’ve seen so many movies that mimic the beginning of The Dark Knight. The chilling camera darting at high-rise buildings, that trembling, ticking music that gives you the same constant dread of the climax of Dunkirk. The Dark Knight has to be at the top of this list because it has the best Joker ever and looks more like a dark crime thriller than a comic book movie. It also has a tragic plot point and – sorry – there can’t be enough said about how effective a tragedy can be in making a movie stick with you. Flaunt, mock and haunt.

– Jennifer Bisset

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