Rank Every Theatrical Bat Film from Best to Worst

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The Dark Knight
Batman
Batman Begins
Batman: Mask of The Phantasm
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman Returns
Batman: The Movie
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
 
Best to Worst:

The Dark Knight - 10/10
The Dark Knight Rises - 10/10
Batman Begins - 9/10
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - 9/10
Batman - 8/10
Batman Returns - 7/10
Batman: The Movie - 6/10
Batman Forever - 6/10
Batman & Robin - 4/10

Favorite to Least Favorite:

The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman
Batman & Robin
Batman: The Movie
 
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The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Batman: The Movie
Batman Returns
Batman '89
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman Forever
Batman and Robin
 
The Dark Knight - 5/5
Batman - 5/5
Batman Returns - 3.5/5
The Dark Knight Rises - 3.5/5
Batman Begins - 3.5/5
Batman: Mask of The Phantasm - 3/5
Batman: The Movie - ?
Batman Forever - 2.5/5
Batman & Robin - 1/5
 
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman Returns
Batman: The Movie
Batman 89
Batman: MOTP
Batman Forever
Batman and Robin
 
I'll do two ranks - one from best to worst and one from favorite to least favorite. I'm also going to include Mask of the Phantasm since it was technically released in theatres.

Best to Worst:
1. The Dark Knight
2. Mask of the Phantasm
3. Batman Begins
4. Batman (1989) / Batman Forever / The Dark Knight Rises
6. Batman Returns
7. Batman & Robin

I didn't count the 1966 film because I don't think you can compare it to the rest. It's not a bad film (quite a well done one actually); it's just different. Sure that the rest also vary in terms of what they were trying to accomplish, but they're still CBM flicks as we know them. CBM's as we know them don't debut until 1978.

As for why I ranked 3 of them together, it isn't because I think they're all tied. Rather, I often struggle ranking them in order and I think they're all around the same range. They're all just ok IMO. Nothing horrible but nothing too good either.

Favorite to Least Favorite:
1. Mask of the Phantasm
2. The Dark Knight
3. Batman Begins
4. Batman Forever
5. Batman (1989)
6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Batman (1966) (included it this time since we're going by just favorites)
8. Batman Returns
9. Batman & Robin

MOTP was a huge part of my childhood. If I could count it as a BTAS episode, it would easily be my favorite. Maybe even my favorite DCAU story in general. I love its take on Batman, its take on the origin, its themes regarding Batman, its iconic images (i.e. Bruce putting on the mask), and the list just goes on. Most importantly, I love Andrea and her relationship with Bruce. I love the way it explores Bruce's love, both pre-Batman and post-Batman, and how it shows the parallels. It's really odd that almost nothing from this film ever continued into the DCAU, yet I constantly felt Andrea's presence and the film's events have an emotional impact on Bruce as all the Bruce Timm shows progressed.

TDK is self-explanatory. Nothing to add that wasn't stated before.

BB is hands-down the best superhero origin film. It isn't just a great character study on Bruce Wayne, but also one of the best explorations I've ever seen of the theme of fear - of what makes people afraid, how they can overcome it, how they can use it against others, etc. We don't just see Bruce use it in his one-man crusade, but various other characters as well. We see Ra's use it the same way but to a far greater extreme, there is obviously Scarecrow (who should have had a bigger role but I digress), we see Falcone using it to control Gotham, etc. It's a lot smaller and more personal than TDK, which also makes it feel very different (in a good way). It's a very underrated film IMO. Even today, it still lives in TDK's shadow to a certain degree.
 
1/2. The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises
I really can go either way depending on the day.
3. Batman Begins
4. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
5. Batman 89
6. Batman Forever
7. Batman Returns
8. Batman & Robin
 
1. Dark Knight
2. Batman Begins
3. Batman Returns
4. Batman
5. Batman '66
6. Dark Knight Rises
7. Batman Forever
8. Batman & Robin

Live Action Only.
 
1. Batman Mask of the Phantasm -11/10
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2. Batman Begins - 10/10
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3. Batman Returns - 10/10
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4. The Dark Knight - 10/10
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5. Batman & Robin - 10/10
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6. The Dark Knight Rises - 9/10
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7. Batman 89 - 9/10
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8. Batman 66 - 9/10
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9. Batman Forever - 8.5/10
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Mask of The Phantasm
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Batman Forever

Batman 66
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman & Robin
Batman Returns
Batman 89
 
1. The Dark Knight (10/10)
2. Batman 1989 (9/10)

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3. Batman Mask of the Phantasm (8/10)
4. Batman Begins (8/10)
5. Batman Returns (8/10)


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6. Batman Forever (6/10)
7. TDK Rises (6/10)



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8. Batman and Robin (5/10)


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Not sure where I would put Batman The Movie. I love it (as well as the 60s series), but I don't know where it falls. Maybe somewhere with Returns, Phantasm and Begins.
 
1. The Dark Knight/Batman 1989
2. Batman Begins
3. Batman Returns
4. The Dark Knight Rises
5. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
6. Batman 1966
7. Batman Forever
8. Batman & Robin ( I still very much love it in it's own way ;) )
 
The GIF post from Kane is sexy looking.

Anyway -

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Batman Begins
4. Batman Returns
5. Batman
6. Batman 66
7. Batman Forever
8. Batman & Robin

Note: Though I TDK is the best, TDK and TDKR often swap around for which is my favourite. BB and BR can also fight it out for their spots, depending on my mood. But most of the time, the above list is the way it is.
 
The Dark Knight Rises 9.5/10
The Dark Knight: 9/10
Batman Begins: 9/10
Batman Returns: 8.7/10

That's the only ones I liked. :o
 
It is every movie now?

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1. The Dark Knight (10/10)
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2. The Dark Knight Rises (9/10)
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3. Batman Begins (8.5/10)
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4. Batman 1989 (8.5/10)
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5. Batman Returns (8/10)
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6. Batman Forever (5/10)....Some of you guys really think that ^^ is better than Rises? :eek:
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7. Batman & Robin (2/10)...an extra 2 points for some classic, awful puns.

Obviously, the right ranking.
 
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
Dark Knight Rises
Batman Returns
Batman Mask of the Phantasm
Batman
Batman Forever
Batman: The Movie
Batman and Robin
 
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman '89/Batman Begins (Depends on what mood I'm in, really.)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Batman Returns
Batman: The Movie
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
 
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman Mask of the Phantasm
Batman Returns
Batman89
Batman The Movie
Batman Forever
Batman and Robin
 
Best to worst? Not easy to rank:
1. Mask of the Phantasm
2. Batman Begins (maybe the least flawed)
3. The Dark Knight (have continuity misses)
4. Batman 1989
5. The Dark Knight Rises (have bigger continuity misses)
6. Batman the movie (was that even theatrical?)
7. Batman Forever
8. Batman Returns
9. Batman & Robin

Favorite to Least favorite:
1. Batman 1989 (still my favorite movie)
2/3/4. Batman Begins and its sequels (order for those rotates)
5. Batman & Robin
6. Batman the Movie
7. Batman Mask of the Phantasm (as much as I LOVE the animated series, I couldn't get that much into any of its movies, not even this one)
8. Batman Forever
9. Batman Returns



Can we include Man of Steel sequel two years from now? Or is this made for Batman ONLY movies?
 
What's not to get about MOTP? It's like animated version of Batman's origin when the live-action didn't do that back then.
 
Best to Worst:

Batman Begins
Batman Under The Hood
The Dark Knight
Batman Returns
Batman Return of the Joker
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman
Batman Forever
Batman: The Movie
Batman & Robin
 
What's not to get about MOTP? It's like animated version of Batman's origin when the live-action didn't do that back then.
Didn't enjoy it, don't know why, couldn't enjoy it as much as I think I should
I love every episode of B:TAS
 
Didn't enjoy it, don't know why, couldn't enjoy it as much as I think I should

Same here. I thought the animation was just the same as in the series when it was the chance to have developed a better product. I didn't like the idea of a girl involved in Bruce's decision to become Batman either.
 

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