The legend of Bruce Wayne, who as a child saw his parents shot dead, henceforth dedicating his life to fighting the injustice and crime rampant in the streets of Gotham is commonplace now and is, again, an instantly recognized icon across the world right across the Super guy. Superman may be the most recognized superhero character across the world, but make no mistake, Batman’s popularity rivals that of Superman, almost shoulder to shoulder, surpassing it too on certain bare instances, owing to an ever-increasing fanbase of loyalists. Batman, as a character, resonates more. His stories seem closer to real life, and that is squarely because of the fact that Batman possesses no actual superpowers, well, other than being rich. He is clearly the most troubled and dark (both contextually and tonally) character in the DC-verse, and stories involving him and his comrades have a certain depth to them, that is unmissable and in many ways, signatory too.
The Batman, also most commonly known by other aliases including the dark knight and the caped crusader, has seen his popularity skyrocket over the years. The very fact can be attributed to the rich source material (which is in my opinion, the most engaging, and at times emotionally taxing out of all the other heroes in DC’s gauntlet) comprising arcs including the Bat-family and an ever-growing gallery of rogues, some of whom are the most interesting villains in the comic book world. The abovementioned popularity, apart from being attributed to his exceptionally powerful and discreetly distinguishable print media, also owes its fair share to movie adaptations. Incidentally so, Batman remains the most adapted superhero on screen.
Having already ranked all of Superman’s live-action appearances, we reckoned it was about time the dark knight had a list of his own. With that said, here is the list of all Batman movies, ranked in order of their merit (Note: Only theatrically released movies have been considered). In case you were wondering which Batman movie was the best, you finally will have an answer today. SPOILER ALERT: Details about plots of certain movies mentioned.
10. Batman and Robin (1997)
Talk about how much one could possibly muck up a reputed studio production in the fourth installment of a somewhat established franchise of one of the most popular superheroes in the world. This movie tells you: EVERYTHING. Right from the casting, to the dialogue, to the story and action, characterizations, performances (yes, despite the credibility of the names involved), everything is a disaster from the word go, and WB decided to wait out the stormy debacle that this film turned out to be until Nolan practically resurrected Batman on film with ‘Begins’. Rightfully so, it is frequently regarded as one of the worst made films in history, and you are welcome to be my guest to test it out.
9. Batman Forever (1995)