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How to watch Batman movies in order

How to watch batman movies in order

Over the years, Batman has become an iconic figure, capturing the interest of audiences worldwide. His origin story is well-known: a young Bruce Wayne witnesses his parents’ murder in a dark alley, a traumatic event that spurs him to become the crime fighter we all know.

How to watch Batman Movies in Order

If you’re interested in diving into the world of Batman Movies, we’ve got you covered. You can watch these movies in two ways: either in chronological order based on the events in the Movies, or in the order in which they were released.

Here is a list of Batman movies in order (release date)

  • Batman – June 23, 1989
  • Batman Returns – June 19, 1992
  • Batman Forever – June 16, 1995
  • Batman & Robin – June 20, 1997
  • Batman Begins – June 25, 2005
  • The Dark Knight – July 18, 2008
  • The Dark Knight Rises – July 20, 2012
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
  • Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016
  • Justice League – November 17, 2017
  • The Batman – March 4, 2021

Batman movies in order (chronological order)

  • Batman
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman & Robin
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Suicide Squad
  • Justice League
  • Justice League
  • The Batman

1. Batman

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Jonathan Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Tim Burton gave us a fresh look at Batman in 1989 with Michael Keaton playing a very different Bruce Wayne. The movie is set in the early days of Batman fighting crime, just as Gotham City is about to celebrate its 200th birthday. The Movie also shows how Batman’s main enemy, The Joker, comes to be. Jack Nicholson’s performance as The Joker is unforgettable.

2. Batman Returns

Director: Tim Burton

Writer: Daniel Waters (Screenplay), Sam Hamm (Story), based on characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

Cast: Michael Keaton as Batman / Bruce Wayne, Danny DeVito as The Penguin / Oswald Cobblepot, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman / Selina Kyle

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

Batman Returns is a really unique and intense follow-up by Tim Burton. It starts with a look back at how The Penguin, acted by Danny DeVito, came to be. The movie picks up soon after the first one and shows Batman, still played by Michael Keaton, facing off against both The Penguin and Catwoman. Many people think Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman is the best bad guy in any live-action DC movie.

3. Batman Forever

Director: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman

Cast: Val Kilmer as Batman / Bruce Wayne, Jim Carrey as The Riddler / Edward Nygma, Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10.

Batman Forever switches directors to Joel Schumacher and stars Val Kilmer as Batman. The movie’s style is flashy and it follows the events of Batman Returns. New villains include The Riddler and Two-Face, and Robin makes his first appearance as Batman’s sidekick.

4. Batman & Robin

Director: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Akiva Goldsman

Cast: George Clooney as Batman / Bruce Wayne, Chris O’Donnell as Robin / Dick Grayson, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze / Dr. Victor Fries

IMDB Rating: 3.8/10

Batman & Robin, Joel Schumacher stays as the director but George Clooney becomes the new Batman. The movie happens a few months after Batman Forever and shows Batman and Robin as a strong team. They fight new bad guys, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy. It’s also the only movie where Batgirl shows up, played by Alicia Silverstone. This Movie ends this chapter of Batman movies.

5. The Dark Knight Trilogy

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan (co-writer)

Cast: Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Heath Ledger as The Joker (The Dark Knight), Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle / Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises)

IMDB Rating:

  • Batman Begins (2005): 8.2/10
  • The Dark Knight (2008): 9.0/10
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012): 8.4/10

Christopher Nolan’s first Batman movie starts with a young Bruce Wayne falling into a bat cave. As an adult, played by Christian Bale, he leaves Gotham to train with Henri Ducard in the League of Shadows. He returns seven years later to fight crime in Gotham, starting with the villain Scarecrow.

6. The Dark Knight

Nolan’s follow-up to “Batman Begins” picks up roughly half a year later. The Joker hinted at in the last moments of the first film, has now become a notorious villain causing havoc in Gotham City.

7. The Dark Knight Rises

The last movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series happens eight years after the previous one. Bruce Wayne, who has been away from being Batman for a while, returns because of a new bad guy named Bane, played by Tom Hardy.

8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer

Cast: Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10.

In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck’s Batman appears after the big fight in Man of Steel. This Batman is older and less strict about his no-kill rule, adding a new twist to the character.

9. Suicide Squad

Director: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer

Cast: Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker

IMDB Rating: 5.8/10

Most of Suicide Squad happens one year after Batman vs. Superman. The parts with Batman are shown as flashbacks, where he’s catching bad guys like Deadshot, played by Will Smith, and Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie.

10. Justice League

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: Chris Terrio

Cast: Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

two years after Batman v Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, try to form a group of superheroes in the movie Justice League.

11. The Batman

Director: Matt Reeves

Writer: Matt Reeves, Peter Craig

Cast: Robert Pattinson (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Zoë Kravitz (Catwoman/Selina Kyle), Jeffrey Wright (Commissioner Gordon)

IMDBRating: 7.8/10

Matt Reeves took over the Batman franchise and gave it a new twist, casting Robert Pattinson as a younger, darker Batman focused on detective work. The movie, “The Batman,” also stars Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Andy Serkis as Alfred. With a sequel in the works, the future is wide open for this new take on Batman.


DC Comics has introduced Batman as a superhero in American comic books. Artist Bob Kane and Writer Bill Finger created this character. Additionally, Batman in Detective Comics on March 30, 1939, in its 27th Edition.

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