A comprehensive guide to every Batman movie ever made, from the campy Adam West TV series to the dark and gritty Christopher Nolan films.
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The Dark Knight Trilogy
The Dark Knight Trilogy is a set of three Batman movies that were released from 2005 to 2012. The movies were directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Christian Bale as Batman. The trilogy is considered to be one of the best series of superhero movies ever made.
The Animated Batman Movies
The Animated Batman Movies are a series of American animated superhero films based on the DC Comics character Batman. The series started in 1992 with Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm and resulted in five theatrical films, two direct-to-video films, and one internet-based film. A sixth theatrical film was in development but got cancelled. All seven films were written by Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett. These films were generally released in July, with the exception of Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero which was released in February 1998, and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker which was released in December 2000.
The first four films were directed by Kevin Altieri, Bruce Timm, and Eric Radomski; while Curt Geda helmed Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and rather surprisingly – Butch Lukic directed Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. In terms of release order, the series goes as follows:
Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
The Nolanverse Batman Movies
The Dark Knight trilogy is a set of three Christopher Nolan Batman movies: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). These movies are considered a unit, and together they form the Nolanverse Batman movies.
The Batman v Superman Movies
The Batman v Superman movies are a series of American superhero films based on the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. The films are part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The first film in the series was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was released in 2016. It was followed by Justice League in 2017.
The Ben Affleck Batman Movies
The Ben Affleck Batman movies are a set of three superhero films based on the character Batman, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The films are directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck starring as Bruce Wayne / Batman. Snyder also co-wrote each film with Gene Ha, Geoff Johns, and David S. Goyer. The trilogy closely follows the stories of threeBatman graphic novels: “Batman: Year One”, “The Long Halloween”, and “Dark Victory”.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016) is the first film in the trilogy, and was followed by “Suicide Squad” (2016) and “Justice League” (2017). All three films were box office successes, with “Dawn of Justice” grossing over $870 million worldwide, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 2016 and the highest-grossing film in the DC Extended Universe.
The Burtonverse Batman Movies
Batman is a superhero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Originally referred to as “the Bat-Man” and still referred to colloquially as “Batman”, the character is additionally known as “the Caped Crusader”, “the Dark Knight”, and “the World’s Greatest Detective”, among other titles.
Batman has been adapted to various media such as radio shows, television shows, films, and video games. The character has appeared in more than 100 films, 150 television episodes, and countless video games. The Burtonverse Batman movies are a set of five films directed by Tim Burton that focus on the superhero Batman and his fight against crime in Gotham City.
The Batman TV Shows
There have been a number of different Batman TV shows over the years, each with their own take on the iconic superhero.
The most recent and perhaps most popular Batman TV show is Gotham, which chronicles the early days of Bruce Wayne as he becomes the Dark Knight. Gotham is dark and gritty, and it gives fans a new perspective on the origins of Batman.
Other popular Batman TV shows include The Animated Series, which was a more light-hearted take on the character, and The Brave and the Bold, which featured Batman teaming up with other superheroes.
The Batman Video Games
The Batman video game franchise is one of the most popular and well-known in the world. The games are based on the fictional superhero Batman, created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and have been released by a variety of companies over the years.
The first Batman video game was released in 1986 for the Commodore 64, Apple II, and IBM PC. Titled simply Batman, the game was developed by Ocean Software and published by Data East. Players take control of Batman as he tries to stop the Joker from taking over Gotham City.
In 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman was released for a variety of systems, including the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The game was based on the film of the same name and featured side-scrolling gameplay. In 1990, an NES sequel titled Batman: Return of the Joker was released. This game featured multiple endings depending on how well players did.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992) was a side-scrolling game based on the popular cartoon series of the same name. It was followed by two more games based on the show: Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu in 2003, and Batman: Gotham Knight in 2008.
The most recent release in the franchise is Batman: Arkham Origins (2013), which is set five years before the events of 2009’s hugely successful Batman: Arkham Asylum. There are also a number of mobile games available, such as LEGOBatman: DC Super Heroes (2012), which features gameplay similar to that of other LEGO video games.
The Batman Comics
The Batman comics have been around since the 1930s and have been adapted into movies, TV shows, and video games countless times. While the original comics were quite different from the versions we know today, the core story of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman to fight crime in Gotham City has remained the same.
As one of the most popular superhero characters of all time, it’s no surprise that there have been so many different Batman movies over the years. Here is a complete list of all the Batman movies that have been made, from the 1927 silent film to the most recent live-action releases.
-Batman and Robin (1949)
-Batman: The Movie (1966)
-Batman Returns (1992)
-Batman Forever (1995)
-Batman & Robin (1997)
-Batman Begins (2005)
-The Dark Knight (2008)
-The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Batman Movies
The Batman movies are a series of American superhero films based on the DC Comics character Batman. The films have been produced by Warner Bros. and have been distributed by Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
The first Batman film was Batman (1989), directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The success of the film led to two sequels, Batman Returns (1992) and Batman Forever (1995), both directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Schumacher then took over directing duties for 1997’s Batman & Robin, which starred George Clooney as the Caped Crusader.
In 2005, Christopher Nolan directed the rebooted film Batman Begins, which starred Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $370 million worldwide, and led to two sequels: The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).