Rank the live action BATMAN films

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
1. The Dark Knight (IMO not just the best Bats films, but the best superhero film ever made)
2. Batman 89 (real nostalgia hit this one)
3. The Dark Knight Rises (never understood the complaining about this)
4. The Batman (may change on rewatches)
5. Batman Returns (too more obviously a studio lot than 89)
6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (better than people say it is)
6. Batman Begins (it's fine; I like it less than most I think; origin story and it was Gordon who saved the day not Bats)
7. Batman 66
8. Batman Forever (couple of good songs slightly saves it)
9. Batman & Robin (less said about this the better)

No cartoons allowed, however much you like them. Must be a live-action Batman movie.
 

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payn

Legend
1. The Dark Knight
2. Batman 89
3. Everything else.

I'll likely stop channel surfing and watch these two. TDK for just being awesome, and Bat89 for the nostalgia and Prince soundtrack. Everything else is ok to really bad (I'm looking at you Bruckheimer era).
 

MarkB

Legend
Similar to @payn - The Nolan trilogy holds up fine, and Batman 1989 really was genre-redefining.

Batman Returns is worth it for Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman, but there's not a lot else to like there. The subsequent ones were variously awful.

I remember enjoying the 60s version as s kid, but I don't feel any real emotional connection to it.
 

Honestly at this point I'm so sick of gloomy, dour Batmans that are all fundamentally retellings of oh-so-serious Frank Miller Batman that, all considerations of objective quality aside, Batman '66 is the only one I'd want to watch again anytime soon. Just give me grey tights, a blue cowl, no time spent on an origin story, and a movie that takes things as seriously as as a billionaire who dresses up as a bat to fight gimmicky villains should be taken.
 
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Hatmatter

Laws of Mordenkainen, Elminster, & Fistandantilus
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition)
2. The Batman
3. The Dark Knight
4. Batman Begins
5. Batman (1966)
6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Batman (1989)
8. Batman Returns
9. Batman Forever
10. Batman & Robin
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Batman Returns

Batman

Batman 66

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight

Conroy Batman Cameo on the CW Arrowverse

Edit: Forgot the Batman cameos in Suicide Squad. Too bad Aflac never got a movie

Batman Forever

Batman and Robin

Never saw Dark Knight Rises, haven’t seen The Batman yet

Any other omissions are intentional.
 

1. Batman (89)
2. Batman: The Movie (66)
3. The Dark Knight
4. Batman Returns
5. Batman Begins
6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Batman Forever
8. Batman Vs Superman
9. Batman and Robin

The Batman isn't on here because I haven't seen it yet. And while the previews look good, I have only a passing interest in it. Another Batman reboot where he's dark and edgy? Okay, sure.


A number of people have said that BvS is better that many (like me) give it credit for. On the one hand, I feel like I should give it another shot to see if it's better than my first impression. On the other hand, my motivation to re-watch it is low, especially noting the 3 hour runtime of the Ultimate Edition.

Batman 66 is a completely different genre of film, so it feels weird to place it on the list. But I feel it's historically important, and very fun.
 

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition)
2.The Dark Knight
3. The Batman
4. Batman 89
5.The Dark Knight Rises
6. Batman begins
7.Batman Returns
8. Batman Forever
9. BAtman and Robin
10. Batman 66 (if i could have listed some of the animated movies, this one wouldn't be here)
 


AnotherGuy

Adventurer
1. The Dark Knight
2. Batman Begins
3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) - this one pains me, because one can see the potential that wasn't realised with this movie. The interaction between the big 3 was perfect though.
4. Batman (89) - This I admit is bias. It's more my appreciation for Mr Keaton than anything else.
4. Dark Knight Rises - rushed, I mean unarmed cops who managed to get themselves cleaned up and shaved, charging dudes with semi-automatics and automatics, no blood splatter, nothing. And that is the easiest complaint on the movie and there were many others. The (4) is purposeful.
6. Everything else

Have not seen the latest Batman.
 
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Delazar

Adventurer
difficult to rank them, as they're such different movies!

The Nolan trilogy was my favourite, until "The Batman" came out. This movie is just 100% what I wanted from a Batman movie, I hope it also becomes a trilogy.
 

Ryujin

Legend
Honestly at this point I'm so sick of gloomy, dour Batmans that are all fundamentally retellings of oh-so-serious Frank Miller Batman that, all considerations of objective quality aside, Batman '66 is the only one I'd want to watch again anytime soon. Just give me grey tights, a blue cowl, no time spent on an origin story, and a movie that takes things as seriously as as a billionaire who dresses up as a bat to fight gimmicky villains should be taken.
"Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb!" Classic.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Honestly at this point I'm so sick of gloomy, dour Batmans that are all fundamentally retellings of oh-so-serious Frank Miller Batman that, all considerations of objective quality aside, Batman '66 is the only one I'd want to watch again anytime soon. Just give me grey tights, a blue cowl, no time spent on an origin story, and a movie that takes things as seriously as as a billionaire who dresses up as a bat to fight gimmicky villains should be taken.
For me, I'm glad to have a different genre of movie than the 40 quadrillion Marvel films. Those films are fine, but not every film has to be like them. There's plenty of room for other genres of movie too. My taste in movies is fairly wide -- I enjoy gangster movies, comedies, hard-sci fi, space opera, quippy superheroes, noir detective stories, some horror, thrillers, all sorts.

This is a noir detective story. It happens to also be a Batman film. It's Seven crossed with Bladerunner crossed with Taxi Driver, complete with voiceovers by the protagonist. Sure, that's not for everybody, but it's 100% valid, and it makes for a very good movie.

If I want quips and bright colours, Marvel has made 27 superhero films, and there are 12 more in development; it's by far the biggest franchise on the planet. I'm glad that this can exist, too.
 



Ryujin

Legend
For me, I'm glad to have a different genre of movie than the 40 quadrillion Marvel films. Those films are fine, but not every film has to be like them. There's plenty of room for other genres of movie too. My taste in movies is fairly wide -- I enjoy gangster movies, comedies, hard-sci fi, space opera, quippy superheroes, noir detective stories, some horror, thrillers, all sorts.

This is a noir detective story. It happens to also be a Batman film. It's Seven crossed with Bladerunner crossed with Taxi Driver, complete with voiceovers by the protagonist. Sure, that's not for everybody, but it's 100% valid, and it makes for a very good movie.

If I want quips and bright colours, I have a thousand awesome Marvel movies to watch. I'm glad that this can exist, too.
Even with my doubts regarding Pattinson I'll need to see this, based on your description. Batman's origins are as "The World's Greatest Detective." He slowly became all about gadgets and punching, over the years. It would be nice to get back to the early comics Batman. Maybe even a little of the radio and movie serials Batman.
 

nyvinter

Explorer
This might have some controversial rankings.


1. Batman Returns
2. Batman 89
3. Batman Begins
4. Batman 66
5. Batman Forever
6. The Dark Knight
7. Batman & Robin
8. The Dark Knight Rises
9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

NOT SEEN. The Batman
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Even with my doubts regarding Pattinson I'll need to see this, based on your description. Batman's origins are as "The World's Greatest Detective." He slowly became all about gadgets and punching, over the years. It would be nice to get back to the early comics Batman. Maybe even a little of the radio and movie serials Batman.
There's some punching, of course. No gadgets really (except one notable exception) -- it's all stuff he cobbled together himself. Even the Batmobile is a souped up regular car, not a sci-fi thing.
 

Mezuka

Hero
I'm content with the Nolan trilogy, in order. I no longer watch the others. It's not a film but I really like the old retired Batman in Titans.

I have yet to see the new one. I no longer pay the full rental price ($25 CAD) for superheroes movies. I'll wait until it comes out on 'pay per view' on cable at $7 CAD.
 
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Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
Whoa am I in a serious minority on this :D

1: Batman & Robin, Forever
2: Burton/Keaton duology
3: DCEU movies
4: anything I forgot
10: Dark Knight Trilogy

Some clarifications
Batman & Robin and Forever are the only ones that don’t try to take themselves seriously and openly embrace the fact that they are comic book films.

Keaton is seriously awesome actor and the only one that makes a believable Bruce/Batman combination.

Surprisingly Affleck did an awesome ”old man bruce”

The less said about the lackluster acting in the dark knight films, the better…
 
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