1. Batman Begins By far and away the best of the Batman movies. I've seen it 6 times in the cinema now and I just can't get over how much I love this film. It's well-written, beautifully shot, wonderfully directed and impeccably cast. Of all the Batfilms, BB is the fastest-paced, has the best story, the best acting, the most well-rounded characters and the most action. The genius is that it takes itself so seriously and tells its story so well and with such conviction. It takes courage to do this as it's easy to enjoy a film for camp value. BB has none of this. It has emotion, suspense and drama. 2. Batman Returns I know this is hated by many Batfans, but I'm rating them as movies and not as comic-book adaptations. I just love it when Burton goes gothic (big Sleepy Hollow fan) and it doesn't come much more macabre than this. It's a visual feast and is definitely the most beautiful of all the films (in an eerie sort of way). Danny Devito's Penguin isn't that great a character and an abominable adaptation but he plays it with some verve at least. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman is perfect I think, I just love her and she and Keaton have great chemistry. She is definitely the best love interest the series had (including Rachel), probably because she served other functions in the plot. The whole end with the rocket penguins is quite silly I admit but I'll forgive it because the movie also has Christopher Walken. 3. Batman A great first adaptation, about as good as could have been hoped then. Love Batman's introduction at the beginning. This movie is probably the closest to the original Bob Kane interpretation of Batman. Keaton is well-cast and the whole mystery surrounding Batman is intriguing. My big problem with the movie is the fact I think Nicholson was miscast as the Joker (and written badly). Simply, he was too old and fat. He'd have been a good Joker in his prime but he was just too... fat, I'm sorry. Plus, the Joker isn't meant to be a gangster. Didn't like the interpretation at all. But that aside, Batman '89 is still a damn fun movie to watch. 4. Batman & Robin People are going to hate me for this. But let me get this straight before I go on - it IS rubbish. I KNOW it's rubbish. B&R is complete and utter cinematic garbage, yes. It's total defemation of the character. But it's just SO bad, SO over the top that at times I can't help but laugh. I think you need to be in the right mood to enjoy this movie for what it is... a pantomime. The special effects are decent, Arnie is funny (if you enjoy watching Arnie act badly, as I do - not because of his lines) and I don't care who she's playing, Uma Thurman is HOT. The only thing genuinely good about the movie is Michael Gough, who deserved better. Trash, but entertaining trash. 5. Batman Forever Now the reason this comes bottom (and it was a close call) is because the only thing worse than complete garbage a movie can be is mediocre. Boring. Nothing really worthy of great positive or great negative note. Val Kilmer was so boring I forgot he was in the movie. Tommy Lee Jones was AWFUL (and didn't have the luxury of entertaining cheesiness a la Arnie) and Jim Carrey wasn't hot (a la Uma). I mean they were both rubbish, but B&R had more explosive and ridiculous action. At least it could be enjoyed on a pantomime level. This couldn't. Boring.