Batman Films – Which is the best? (1989 – 2012)



There are many questions that surround the Batman films, all of them.  Who is the best Batman?  Who played the Joker the best?  Which Batman film is the best?  Well today I will answer the question.  I will not be including the Adam West film, this will cover the modern Batman films, from Tim Burton’s 1989 film. I have my personal favorites and I know the films that have been failures.  I finally was able to sit down and watch every cinematic  film and watch them as a movie, not rating them as Batman or comparing to the comics.  I have seen every film many times and even had marathons for each series.  So in this list I will do two, the first will be worst to best.  The second list will be my least favorite to my actual favorite.  So here we go.

Like I said, we are covering everything from Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989 and to the Dark Knight Rises from 2012, yep that is 23 years and 7 films to cover.

7. Batman & Robin (1997)


I think this one is obvious, it is indeed the worst of every single incarnation of Batman, from comics to film and even animation.  The film was rushed, terrible story and poor casting.  I do think given more time and a different director it could have been better.  I do think George Clooney could have been a good Batman if he was in a different film, even in Batman Forever and honestly, if someone would ever do a remake of the Batman film from 1966, call Clooney.

6. Batman Forever (1995)


And so the fall begins.  I do like this film and I feel like each of the films from this series almost fits into a different era of Batman comics.  This could represent the 1970s and Batman & Robin from the 1960s.  I remember seeing this film nearly everyday in the summer of 1995 and I do still like it a lot.  But it has its flaws along with some poor casting.

5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)



The story is a big issue in this film, things like, how did Bruce get back to Gotham, how in the hell did he find the time to make a Batsymbol out of gas on the bridge.  There are some really cool things, but Batman himself is in the film the least in any other film and it was just too long.  It may have been a fitting end to the Nolan era.  I also was not a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character at all.  Oh, by the way, Batman disappears for 8 years, no one has seen Bruce Wayne for 8 years…hmm….

4. Batman Returns (1992)


As far as I am concerned this is my favorite of all Batman films and I am not sure why.  But I know it has flaws and like I said I have no idea why I like it so much.  I love the Michael Keaton films and this was the last, it really felt like the series was picking up steam and then fizzled into Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.  I would have loved to see another Keaton/Burton team-up.

3. Batman Begins (2005)batman2-large

When it was said we would get a reboot of the Batman film series, I was of course excited.  When Batman Begins came out I was first in line and ready to see the film.  I was happy with the casting and I could not wait to see Batman done right.  Walking out of this film, I was stunned and excited for the future of the Batman franchise, this film kicked off what could have been a great series.  When cast, I thought Christian Bale was gonna be great, but he was, uneven as Batman, his Bruce Wayne was sub par and I feel he is one of the worst castings in the Batman history.  He did not hurt this film too bad, but in the ones to follow, I do think he is the weakest link.

2. Batman (1989)


I cannot count the times I have seen this film.  Building up the summer of 1989, I watched a lot of the 1960s version of Batman, it was the only live action Batman we had at the time and the amazing Animated Series wouldn’t be released until 1992.  When Batman came out in the summer of 1989, it changed everything I knew about movies.  It was darker than any comic I had read to that point, it was raw.  I think people forget about the time when this was released.  I believe if you out this and the Dark Knight head to head, but reviewed when released and compared, it would be close and Batman would win out.  I believe this to be a better and more well rounded film.  I think it was cast better, with an exception, Jim Gordon.

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

I am sure this comes as no surprise.  When it was released it dominated the box office and made over 1 billion dollars.  I think a lot of it had to do with the death of Heath Ledger and his performance of the Joker.  The story was up its own ass if you ask me.  Again, not much Batman and Joker stole the show.  Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent and briefly Two-face was great.  I was overall disappointed in this film, the finale with the Joker was lame and I hated to see Two-face go so soon.

Again Christian Bale’s performance as Batman and Bruce Wayne was not good and I felt it was worse than  Batman Begins.  I have trouble to this day watching Bale as Batman, he was poorly cast.  Now people want a look a like, Michael Fassbender to play Batman.  I think it is wrong and fans of these films need to read some comics.

Now I will list the order in which the films fall from my least favorite to my favorite.

7. Batman & Robin

6. The Dark Knight Rises

5. The Dark Knight

4. Batman Forever

3. Batman Begins

2. Batman

1. Batman Returns

But according to and a consensus of my peers, I am wrong.  Thanks for reading.  I hope you all check out the top 50 super hero films, coming soon.

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