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on 25 Mar 2011 05:07

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Batman: Best to Worst

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1. Batman (1989)
When Batman was first released in 1989, people were amazed by the dark tones it brought to the story of Bruce Wayne. At this time, the only reference most people had to The Dark Knight were the cheesy 1960s Adam West show, and the incredibly silly silver age comics. Very few expected then new director Tim Burton to create something so appealing to both young and adults.

This version features the best actor to portray Batman (Michael Keaton), and arguably the best actor to portray the Joker (Jack Nicholson). It's thanks to this movie that most see Batman as he is today, a tortured soul who is one step away from becoming one of the insane criminals he puts away.
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2. The Dark Knight (2008)
Christopher Nolan sought to re-create Batman, in the same way Tim Burton did, by making him a more realistic superhero. The streets of Gotham seem a lot less like something out of a comic book, and more like something you would see in real life. Gritty, dark, and let's not forget Heath Ledger's amazing performance as The Joker, and it's no surprise this film was so successful.
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3. Batman Begins (2005)
The Christopher Nolan Batman preceding The Dark Knight which no one seems to remember that much, yet is just as good as it's sequel. Batman begins really gets down into the psychological reasons someone would become a superhero, and if there's any superhero long overdue for a psychoanalytical study, It's Batman.
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4. Batman Returns (1992)
The sequel to Burton's Batman may not excel beyond its predecessor like the Dark Knight, but its still a great movie in its own right, that some fans prefer over the original. However, at the time of its release, Batman Returns was not well received among the masses. It was even darker than the original, and some people even found it quite unsettling at the time. These complaints eventually led to Burton being kicked out of the Director chair and replaced by Joel Schumaker, who is possibly the most Hit and Miss Director of all time. These days it is more respected and loved, most likely due to what came next for the film franchise.
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5. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
The Animated series is (at least in my opinion), the best adaption of Batman outside of the comics. It captures the dark spirit of the early Burton films, as well as bringing in its own contributions to the image of Batman. It also contains the most iconic image of The Joker. (Note: Mark Hammil's voice is my favourite portrayal of the Joker) This feature length film is on par with one of the more solid episodes in the series, and definitely worth a watch.
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6. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Cheesy, silly, and filled with Adam West, in the best way possible. Entertaining, and filled with (un)intentional humour, Batman:The Movie is a surprising good film entry.
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7. Batman & Robin (1997)
Cheesy, silly, and filled with George Clooney, in the worst way possible. This movie is dumb, and the biggest laughing stock of the entire Batman franchise...
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8. Batman Forever (1995)
...and Batman Forever is even worse. Whereas you can at least laugh at how awful Batman and Robin is (especially with all the cheesy puns spouted by Ahnold), Batman Forever is more of a chore to sit through. You won't get any enjoyment from this movie, in fact, you will lose the enjoyment you feel watching all the other great items on this list.

You have been warned.
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A compilation of the film appearances of The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader, The World's Greatest Detective, (Insert other Batman nickname here) from his best, to his worst.

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Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 25 18:59
Great list! I hated Batman Forever more than Batman & Robin too.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 28 2:42
Good Thing You Ranked The Original Above Than Dark Knight! It Still Stands Out As The Best!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 28 6:22
I find it kind of funny I checked this list out right after writing and posting a long review/defense of BATMAN FOREVER. It's fine if you hate it, but I personally feel that it is highly underrated.

I'm not sure what I would've ranked first out of BATMAN 89, MASK OF THE PHANTASM, and DARK KNIGHT. I view those as being the three best Batman films.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 28 7:12
Well said all the way through! Glad you gave such high praise for Batman The Animated Series. Easily my favorite animated series of all time (well, if you kick out most of volume 4) and Mark Hamill's voice acting is indeed nothing short of inspired genius.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 28 15:44
Mark Hamill is the Joker. No offence to Nicholson or Ledger, or even Romero, but when I see their interpretations of the character, I accept that they do a great job, but they are just that. Interpretations. When I watch the Animated series, and hear Mark Hammil's voice, I think "Yep, that's him. That's the Joker." He has all of the mannerisms down to a T.
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at May 25 19:55
I agree with you that Forever sucks WAY more than Batman & Robin. Oh, and I agree with your list, even though I think that Mask of The Phantasm & Under The Red hood are some of the best batman movies.
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 4 22:22
it's funny, I heard Tim Burton carried a copy of Dark Knight Returns wherever he went as he was directing the first Batman movie. while I am a fan of that movie (and yes, oddly enough Keaton is the best Bruce Wayne), I don't see the Frank Miller influence. OK, they used the deadly laughing gas. that's about it. in my opinion, he was trying to do a comic book movie, but the Adam West influence is unmistakable.
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 4 22:32
oh, and Batman Forever is a lot, lot better than Batman & Robin. that's just ridiculous. the actual list is Batman Returns, Batman, Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Batman Forever, then Batman and Robin. that was just a massive, massive catastrophe. the '66 Adam West movie and animated features are just in a different category.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 15 8:21
I loved Batman Returns when it first came out. It was the best thing ever to me. Until I saw Jurassic Park, atleast.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Nov 9 22:15
no way, Rises was a shit show

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