Every Batman Movie, Ranked – GameSpot

It’s true everyone, it’s time. We rank all the Batman movies available, from worst to best. You probably know what’s number one, but expect a few surprises.

No prizes for guessing what’s at the bottom of the pile…

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13. Batman and Robin (1997)

It came out when I was 10, and it was the first time I’d left a movie theater thinking ‘Oh, movies can be wrong. “The late, great Joel Schumacher was clearly trying to conjure up 60s Batman silliness, but totally missed the mark with that garish, overloaded stench – particularly disappointing is Mr. Freeze’s tragic backstory comes second after a series of forgettable Arnold Schwarzenegger Just watch the episode of the 90s animated series Heart of Ice instead.

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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

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11. Justice League (2017)

I’m really glad it’s less than Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After watching both in a matter of days, I understood why Joss Whedon wanted to cut the huge cast of characters and convoluted villain backstory for the 2017 theatrical cut. The price? A few lines of exposition here and there, such as “A scout… from space? Like an alien army?” Sherlock Bruce has to say that one. Big cringe.

Jennifer Bisset

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

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9. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

It’s four hours long, had a fan campaign and served as a commercial for HBO Max but… Did I like Zack Snyder’s Justice League? Note: I watched Joss Whedon’s horrible theatrical cut a few days ago. Still, if anything – and no, that’s not really a Batman commentary – Snyder understood Wonder Woman as an inspiring beacon of power and strength for young girls and not an eye candy to be pulled. ass only. As for Ben Affleck’s beefy Batman, he’s done a pretty good job as a personal assistant coordinating the super-powered gods against the army of CGI villains.

Jennifer Bisset

8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Keeping up with The Dark Knight was never going to be an easy task, and The Dark Knight Rises sometimes feels like a victim of its own ambitions. Batman faces his most physically threatening enemy in Tom Hardy’s Bane, but the film also explores the legacy of Bruce’s choices in previous films, not to mention a Gotham in crisis. That’s a lot for a movie to juggle, 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. The Dark Knight Rises is ultimately a fitting conclusion to Nolan’s trilogy, even if it doesn’t top its predecessors.

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Warner Bros.

If you don’t like this movie, you are wrong. It’s that simple. You hate joy and you hate Jim Carrey. almost as much as Tommy Lee Jones reportedly hated Jim Carrey while filming this movie.

When it came out, Batman Forever was like that… a great movie. It featured a ridiculous amount of star power and made no sense. As a kid, I loved it. Everyone loved it. Because it was a good movie. Not a bad movie. Ignore people who say it’s a bad movie.

It’s a good movie.

Marc Serrels

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Director Tim Burton leaned into his signature style for his second outing with Bat, making Gotham City even more gothic and absurd as he prioritizes pageantry over intrigue. Keaton is once again a joy in the role, but he’s overshadowed by the villainous trio. Danny DeVito is gross but likeable as Penguin, and Christopher Walken is extremely fat as Max Shreck, but Michelle Pfeiffer steals the show as the undead agent of chaos Catwoman. Listen to its roar.

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Batman Begins succeeds in its commitment to the Batman mythos and its attention to detail. This is the first Batman movie to show us How? ‘Or’ What Bruce becomes the bat, not just the events that set him on this path. Nolan understands that Batman is on a mission as much as a superhero, and this film shows us the important victories – and failures – that Bruce experiences as he methodically constructs Batman’s identity. Everything that makes The Dark Knight great is implemented in this film, and it deserves a high spot on this list.

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4. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

This movie rules.

The Lego Batman is, for my money, the funniest and best Lego movie. Will Arnett is cast perfectly, the songs are beautiful, and the story has something heartfelt about it, with real stakes. Dramatically underrated film.

Marc Serrels

Warner Bros.

Before Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder, we had Tim Burton. And in 1989, his weird gothic imagination brought in layers we’d never really experienced in superhero movies until then. Michael Keaton is a low-key (and underrated) Batman, but the real star is Gotham City itself. The production set and design is spectacular and really brings the world of Batman to life. Jack Nicholson is also a good Joker.

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The glittering vampire nailed it. Robert Pattinson may have been hiding in some excellent indie films in the past decade since Twilight, but his true talent as the reclusive, reclusive Bruce Wayne channeling Kurt Cobain is on full display in the latest jaunt from Batman. Director and screenwriter Matt Reeves respects everything that has come before while bringing his own new noir detective story to soggy Gotham City. While its final act lacked stakes, The Batman soars with vivid cinematography, memorable action set pieces, and a clearly defined, inhabited, and crime-ridden world. Dab it aggressively into your retinas.

–Jennifer Bisset

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1. The Dark Knight (2008)

I’ve seen so many movies mimic the opening of The Dark Knight. The camera’s cool soaring to the high-rise buildings, that nervous ticking music gives you the same constant Dunkirk anxiety. The Dark Knight has to top this list because it has the best Joker ever and feels more like a crime thriller than a comic book movie. It also has a tragic plot point and – sorry – we can’t say enough about how effective tragedy is to make a movie stick with you. Show off, taunt and haunt.

–Jennifer Bisset

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