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"When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die."


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"Why so serious?"


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People who added this item 7053 Average listal rating (4708 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Batman Begins (2005)
"It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."

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"I didn't have to go easy on you. A different binding agent, a stronger mix. I want you to remember that. I wanted to remind you to stay out of my way. In all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember the one man who beat you!"

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People who added this item 4972 Average listal rating (3280 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Batman (1989)
"You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?"

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People who added this item 269 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4

Batman were one of the greater parts of the surprisingly excellent The Lego Movie and it's not surprising to see that he got his own film. It's almost a masterpiece. It's spoof comedy done absolutely right. The film is filled with references, but skillfully manages to avoid the trap of having the references being the jokes themselves, but instead the filmmakers have managed to cleverly incorporate the references into jokes that serves the film in a delicate way. It goes without saying that The LEGO Batman Movie is hilarious. It's also spectacularly colorful and heartfelt, and a treat to behold.
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People who added this item 4275 Average listal rating (2807 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
"You poor guys. Always confusing your pistols with your privates."

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"You try to hold me back, but you're weak. You know it in your soul. You're nothing but a hollow shell. A rusty trap. The time has come."

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This film is a mess. If it's a good or bad mess is entirely up to you. It's going to be an extremely divisive film, but one can not change the fact that this film is a mess. It's a film that throws so much at you that it ends up being a slightly disjointed experience. There are ingredients and material here enough for almost four or five films alone. So it's very choppy and thus the main event of the film doesn't get as much attention as you would probably hope for and expect, despite it being the main plot of the film.

I did like this film. I did enjoy the various parts of it. I really loved all of the scenes with Batman/Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck really nailed that role and his interactions with Jeremy Irons as Alfred are wonderful. There's a scene in which Batman goes up against of armed hostiles that is arguably the best Batman action we've ever seen on the screen. Superman is also handled well, and there's a lot of emotional gravitas around him. Much of it doesn't necessarily get the attention it deserves, but it's still fascinating. Wonder Woman looks cool. She's not that much in it, but at least she looks cool. I even liked Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He worked well for what the film wanted him to do.

The one thing we really want from this film is to see Batman go up against Superman, and once that fight finally happen, it's indeed glorious. Even if you don't like the rest of the film, it's worth the ticket of admission simply for that fight. Zack Snyder continues to struggle a lot when it comes to crafting a fully complete narrative that perfectly mixes action with emotions and character development, but there's no point in denying that he's a master when it comes to creating a visual spectacle. For all of its faults, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a very entertaining fireworks show. It's loud and overblown, but it is pretty damned spectacular and entertaining.

It's slightly disappointing that the film itself is not as good as I dared to hope for, but to say that I didn't have a really good time watching it would be to lie and deny myself of the pleasure it was watching these two go up against each other. The film spends some time setting up for the Justice League film. I'm excited for it, but maybe there's time to find a director or writer that can piece together the story a little better.
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People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (302 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
"Some days, you just can't git rid of a bomb."

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People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (115 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
"Assemble Task Force X. We have another Suicide Mission."

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People who added this item 172 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.5

The Killing Joke is like going to a restaurant with a friend. Your main idea was to just go straight for the main course. The meat and potatoes. But suddenly your friend decides that he wants an appetizer. It's not something you really wanted, but you decide to order one as well. You get it, you eat it and you conclude with that it was decent enough. The main course arrives and it tastes and feels a lot better, though you don't really enjoy as much as you should due to having that "meh" appetizer previously. So while you leave satisfied, you also feel that your vist could have been a lot better.

This is essentially what I feel about The Killing Joke. There's a nearly 30 minutes long prologue in the beginning that is entirely focused around Batgirl until the actual Killing Joke begins. The problem with this is that this prologue is not really good and it is especially weak when compared to the Killing Joke partThe Killing Joke and hearing Mark Hamill voice these iconic Joker lines is just great.
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"Robin, we can't go through life expecting Superman or anyone else to save us whenever things get tough. The only people we can rely on is ourselves."

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People who added this item 773 Average listal rating (523 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.2
Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad is truly a mess. It's a film that's an obvious result of studio meddling and a change of focus and direction. Suicide Squad is presented in such a way that very little of it makes much sense. There are scenes that are clearly meant to be displayed in another way than what they ended up as, and there are plenty story beats that either go nowhere or serves no purpose. The most obvious offender to that is Jared Leto's Joker. His performance is fine, but his character feels edited out and what remains feels disconnected from the rest of the film.

But that being said, Suicide Squad is still a lot of fun and while too many of the characters feels slightly under developed, most of them get to have their moment. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot are the stand outs. Harley provides the energetic, crazy and humorous feel to the film, while Deadshot offers the emotion. I'll end by saying that Suicide Squad is entertaining, but it's a very wasted opportunity.
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People who added this item 559 Average listal rating (357 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9

After hearing so many great things about this film, I must say that I'm slightly disappointed. My main issue with the film is how it was structured, as the constant flashbacks kept pulling me out of the film with information that I didn't really feel I needed. It also hurts the film that the Phantasm is a mystery that's not that interesting to solve.

But oh my did I love the Joker here? You bet I did. Mark Hamill as the Joker is the best thing ever, and watching this incarnation of the greatest comic book villain ever was great.
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1

Batman vs. Robin has a lot of great thing going for it. The animation is good, the action sequences are great and the whole thing surrounding the Court of Owls is a lot of fun. The problem with this films is all about the characters and the motivation they have, particularly Robin. As well as few things that really doesn't make sense.

The one thing that really pulled me out of the film was how easily Robin managed to go hand-to-hand with both Batman and Nightwing. Robin, while being a skilled fighter, is still just a kid. Batman and Nightwing are grown men who are also extremely skilled fighters, even more so. Yet Robin beats them. I'm also struggling to buy Robin's motivation for the things he ends up doing, and it feels more like it's just there to drive the plot forward. It doesn't feel natural. It's also not necessary. The film didn't need Robin going up against Batman, and the film would be better by simply focusing on the Court of Owls.
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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Son of Batman (2014)
"He's Robin now. He stays with the Batman."

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People who added this item 296 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
"It was just like that night in the alley, Alfred... the closeness of the walls, the gunfire. It seems I've been trying to stop those two bullets all my life."

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People who added this item 3755 Average listal rating (2470 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.4
"By the way, do you have a first name, or do I just call you Bats?"

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People who added this item 3469 Average listal rating (2316 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 3.7
"Tonight's forecast...a freeze is coming!"

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Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 20:04
If you've yet to see Mask of the Phantasm you really should! I would definitely crack my top 4 or 5.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 20:10
Hey. Been wanting to get my hands on it for a long time now, but I've just never gotten around to it. Better do so fast now!
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 20:27
Cool. I'll be interested to hear what you think when you do track it down. This one ain't bad either: http://www.listal.com/movie/batman-under-red-hood

And many people seemed to really enjoy it a bit more than I did.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 22:54
Swap out Gotham Knight for the '60s Batman and you've got my list. Well, aside from Batman & Robin which I refuse to watch.
Posted: 6 years ago at Aug 6 5:03
Batman
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Aug 30 2:04
Batman Returns never gets as much credit as it deserves
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Oct 3 18:01
I think batman returns is better than the first tim burton's batman, anyway good list :)
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Oct 10 6:41
I agree with all and you should watch Batman: Under The Red Hood and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero!
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 5 22:31
I agree with Delerium, Batman Returns is so underrated, and it's so sad b/c it's my absolute fave!

personally I found Batman Begins extremely boring, but that's just me, Dark Knight was great though.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Dec 27 4:03
Great list! Batman has seen his ups and downs with Hollywood, without a doubt. Definitely try and watch Batman: Under the Red Hood. It is simply put, (personally) truly amazing! I think that it is on Netflix. I have no doubt that it maybe in your top three to five.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Dec 27 4:57
The Dark Knight should be number 1 and Rises number 2. Heath Ledger as the Joker isn't just the best Batman villain, he might be the best villain in cinematic history, at the very least in the top 3. Not that Bane wasn't awesome, but he pales in comparison to the Joker simple as that.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Jan 13 18:23
Oh, you got it in the right order as well!
Posted: 3 years, 12 months ago at Aug 24 4:04
I'm sorry, but The Dark Knight Rises was embarrassing. Bane was barely coherent. Catwoman was just dull, all around. And, then Robin was introduced in the last scene, but we were denied seeing him dressed as Robin. Plus, the story was just a big borefest.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Aug 26 17:00
I'm having a real hard time seeing why Robin not running around dressed as Robin in The Dark Knight Rises should be considered a flaw. It was nothing but a nice way to conclude the trilogy.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Nov 9 22:12
There was a lot more wrong with Rises than just Robin, although that was a disappointment.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 9 2:03
Not a popular opinion and I'm not quite sure how it happened but I kinda think Micheal Keaton was the best Batman.

'Batman Returns' is the best Batman film and followed by 'Mask of the Phantasm'.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Dec 31 8:58
What? The Dark Knight Rises is on number 1 in this list? Wow wow wow absolutely haram.
- Batman 1989 deserves to be at least onn first three.
- Batman 1966 doesn't deserve to be on top 10
- You didn't include Batman Year One and Red Hood
- Worse, you didn't included Mask Of The Phantasm and Sub Zero

this list is total blasphemy, burn it with fire.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Dec 31 13:08
Try to be a little bit less of a douchebag. It might suit you.

#1 - Seeing as The Dark Knight Rises is considered by most people to be the second best Batman film, just behind The Dark Knight, if you're going to look at things like IMDB and critics ratings, I don't really see that much of an issue or "haram" to have it top my list. It was emotionally effective for me, on a level that few films reaches.

#2 - You might believe that. But which film should it replace? Nolan's trilogy is a masterpiece, and even if I love Burton's Batman, I wouldn't want to put it above any of them. Still. I've given the film a freaking 9/10.

#3 - I've seen 14 Batman films. This list only includes those films that I've seen. Therefore, Batman Year One, Red Hood, Mask Of The Phantasm and Sub Zero is not on the list. Because I've not seen them! And seeing as I've only seen 14 Batman films, that makes it easier for 1966 Batman to be among the top 10. Besides, it's fun.

#4 - Try to take your arrogant crap somewhere else. Or at least try to do some reasonable thinking before you spew out your garbage.

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