With the release of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Gotham City and its inhabitants are once again reinvented. Much like James Bond movies, every few years or so the franchise is revamped with a different director, a fresh visual palette, and a new leading man. It seems like a good time to take a look at the franchise and see how things stack up.
Criteria for ranking: Movies will be graded based on their story and overall quality, the specific performance/ interpretation of the actors' portrayal of Batman/Bruce Wayne, and of course, the villains and the actors bringing them to life.
Disclaimer: Not included are the 1940s Batman serials; Technically they are serialized shorts edited together to create a feature length narrative. Also omitted from this list are cameos (like Suicide Squad), and any animated films, though Honorable Mention goes to the excellent The Lego Batman Movie!
Leave now if you must, obvious SPOILERS ahead:
11.Batman & Robin (1997)
10.Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
9.Justice League (2017) & Zach Snyder’s Justice League (2021)
8.Batman Forever (1995)
7.Batman: The Movie (1966)
6.The Batman (2022)
It hasn’t been that long since we were treated to some wonderful Batman movies, most notably Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, so many will ask, do we even need a new Batman at this point in time? The answer is not really, but Reeves does a good job of making it his own, even though he could have easily shaved 20 minutes off the 3-hour epic. Holy Runtime!
5.Batman Returns (1992)
4.The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2.Batman Begins (2005)
1.The Dark Knight (2008)
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