Every Batman Movie Ever Made

Now, everyone who is a regular reader at 1Hw, knows that we are big fans of the Dark Knight. For the newbies, check out this original take on the Batman mythos by team 1Hw.

Our fandom of the Caped Crusader established, we hate it when something like this happens:

Random guy/girl: “So what were you up to yesterday?”

Us: “Watched a batman movie.”

R.G.: “Cool, I am a big fan. Totally feel Heath Ledger is the best Joker ever.”

Us: “I don’t know man, Mark Hamill is awesome too.”

R.G.: “Who?”


But its not their fault. No one knows everything, no one can be expected to. So today we compile a list of every single movie (Live Action or Animated) which features ‘The Detective’. Its an exhaustive list, and in chronological order, along with a homegrown Bad-Ass ranking for each. We would have given you the download links too, but that’s you know illegal.

(NOTE: We are going to start off with 1989, there had been 3 Batman movies before it, but they were all serialized shows compiled and released.)

(NOTE: This article is updated till 10th October 2013)

List of Batman movies:

Before Batman Was Hip

1. Batman(1989)
Director: Tim Burton
Batman: Michael Keaton
Villain: Joker (Jack Nicholson)
Bad-Assery Rank: 5/10 (Good to know)

2. Batman Returns (1992)
Director: Tim Burton
Batman: Michael Keaton
Villain: Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) & Penguin (Danny DeVito)
Bad-Assery Rank: 3/10 (Meh!!!)

3. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) [Animated]
Director:  Bruce Timm & Eric Radomsk
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Villain: Joker (Mark Hamill) & The Phantasm (Dana Delany)
Bad-Assery Rank: 6/10 (Batman kicking Ass)

Batman, batman Returns and Mask Of Phantasm

4. Batman Forever (1995)
Director: Joel Schumacher
Batman: Val Kilmer
Villain: Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) & The Riddler (Jim Carrey)
Bad-Assery Rank: 3/10 (Nicole Kidman was hot)

5. Batman & Robin (1997)
Director: Joel Schumacher
Batman: George Clooney
Villain: Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) & Posion Ivy (Uma Thurman) & Bane(Robert Swenson)
Bad-Assery Rank: 5/10 (Holly Terminator Batman! So many villains)

6. Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998) [Animated]
DirectorBoyd Kirkland
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Villain: Mr. Freeze(Michael Ansara)
Bad-Assery Rank: 7/10 (No seriously, it even won an award)Batman Forever, Batman And Robin, Sub-Zero

7. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) [Animated]
Director:  Boyd Kirkland
Batman: Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) & Terry Mc Ginnis (Will Friedle)
Villain: Joker (Mark Hamill)
Bad-Assery Rank: 6/10 (Old Bruce Wayne, Young Batman enough said)

8. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) [Animated]
Director:  Boyd Kirkland
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Villain: Penguin (David Ogden Stiers) & Rupert Thorne (John Vernon)
Bad-Assery Rank: 5/10 (Batman goes all detective and stuff)

9. The Batman vs. Dracula (2005) [Animated]
Director:  Michael Goguen
Batman: Rino Romano
Villain: Dracula (Peter Stormare)
Bad-Assery Rank: 5/10 (Yup its the bat Vs. the Vampire, they can do that in DC)Return Of The Joker, Secret Of Batwoman, Batman Vs Dracula

The Nolan-Verse

10. Batman Begins (2005)
DirectorChristopher Nolan
Batman: Christian Bale
Villain: RA’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson) & Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy)
Bad-Assery Rank: 7/10 (And so it begins)

11. Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)[Animated]
Director:  Various
Batman: Various
Villain: Various
Bad-Assery Rank: 5/10 (Yes! it is an actual prequel to THE DARK KNIGHT!)

12. The Dark Knight (2008)
Director:  Christopher Nolan
Batman: Christian Bale
Villain: Joker (Heath Ledger) & Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart)
Bad-Assery Rank: 8/10 (Wait do you know how he got those scars?)Batman Begins, Gotham Knight, and Dark Knight

13. Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)[Animated]
Director: Dave Bullock
Batman: Jeremy Sisto
Villain: The Center (Keith David)
Bad-Assery Rank: 4/10 (Nothing to see here, move along)

14. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)[Animated]
DirectorSam Liu
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Villain: Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown)
Bad-Assery Rank: 8/10 (Luthor is president! Who you gonna call?)

15. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)[Animated]
Director:  Sam Liu
Batman: William Baldwin
Villain: Evil Justice League
Bad-Assery Rank: 8/10 (Yes there is an Evil Justice League too, and they are really evil)New Frontier, Public Enemies and Crisis On 2 Earths

16. Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)[Animated]
DirectorBrandon Vietti
Batman: Bruce Greenwood
Villain: Red Hood (Jensen Ackles)
Bad-Assery Rank: 10/10 (BEST BATMAN movie EVER!!!!)

17. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)[Animated]
DirectorLauren Montgomery
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Villain: Darkseid (Andre Braugher)
Bad-Assery Rank: 7/10 (Batman punks out Darkseid)

18. Batman: Year One (2011)[Animated]
Director:  Lauren Montgomery
Batman: Benjamin McKenzie
Villain: Carmine Falcone (Alex Rocco)
Bad-Assery Rank: 6/10 (More Gordon, and less Batman)RedHood, Apocalypse, Year One

19. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Director:  Christopher Nolan
Batman: Christian Bale
Villain: Bane (Tom Hardy)
Bad-Assery Rank: 8/10 (Batman meets Bane, Breaks Back, Boom!!!)

20. Justice League: Doom (2012)[Animated]
Director:  Lauren Montgomery
Batman: Kevin Conroy
Villain: Vandal Savage (Phil Morris)
Bad-Assery Rank: 7/10 (J.L.A: More like Batman and his bitches)

Batman is famous

21. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part1 (2012)[Animated]
DirectorJay Oliva
Batman: Peter Weller
Villain: Joker (Michael Emerson)
Bad-Assery Rank: 9/10 (Why are you reading and not watching this?)Dark Knight Rises, Dark Knight Returns and Doom

22. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2012)[Animated]
Director:  Jay Oliva
Batman: Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) & Thomas Wayne (Kevin McKidd)
Villain: Reverse Flash (C. Thomas Howell)
Bad-Assery Rank: 5/10 (Not really Batman, not really JLA, just mainly Flash)

23. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part2 (2013)[Animated]
Director:  Jay Oliva
Batman: Peter Weller
Villain: Joker (Michael Emerson)
Bad-Assery Rank: 9/10 (Batman whoops Superman’s Ass)Flashpoint Paradox

That’s all folks. 23 movies in the last 24 years. While to be a real knowledge house, you may watch all of them. But to really understand what Batman is and how awesome he is, I think you can start off with everything ranked 7 and above.

How many of these have you watched? Which one is your favorite? Which one do you think is over-rated? Have I missed out any? Sound off in the comments.


2 thoughts on “Every Batman Movie Ever Made

  1. Cool list Ayush! I guess partially, I’ll fall under the definition of the random guy/gal… Because the Nolan trilogy is what comes first to me when we speak of the Batman. But I sure have read a lot about the previous works of Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, George Clooney and Jack Nicholson .. never got a chance to watch those though. This list would be my starting point to cover the deficit now.. 😉 🙂


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