Batman movies in order by release date

BATMAN has been thrilling movie goers for over thirty years now.

The Caped Crusader returned to cinemas in 2022 – but we take you though ALL of the Bruce Wayne films that have ever been released.

The Batman films all started with Michael Keaton at the helmCredit: Alamy

Batman (1989)

The Batman movie franchise kicked off with Michael Keaton’s caped crusader.

Having witnessed his parents’ brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Keaton) fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains.

But when a deformed madman who calls himself “The Joker” (Jack Nicholson) seizes control of Gotham’s criminal underworld, Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis ever while protecting both his identity and his love interest, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger).

Batman Returns (1992)

The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple Batman (Keaton) once and for all.

But when Shreck’s timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into the sexy Catwoman.

She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

The cartoon Batman movie was a hit

The cartoon Batman movie was a hitCredit: IMBD

This animated feature is set in the 1940s.

The troubled yet heroic Batman (Kevin Conroy) is pitted against a mysterious figure who is rubbing out Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, and who many believe is the caped crusader himself.

Batman’s alter ego, millionaire Bruce Wayne, is about to get married to the lovely Andrea Beaumont (Dana Delany), who helps him recover from his need to avenge his parents’ murder – meaning that his crime-fighting days may be numbered.

Batman Forever (1995)

Next up, Val Kilmer became the Caped Crusader

Next up, Val Kilmer became the Caped CrusaderCredit: Alamy

Batman (Val Kilmer) faces off against two foes.

He takes on the schizophrenic, horribly scarred former District Attorney Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), and the Riddler (Jim Carrey), a disgruntled ex-Wayne Enterprises inventor seeking revenge against his former employer by unleashing his brain-sucking weapon on Gotham City’s residents.

As the caped crusader also deals with tortured memories of his parents’ murder, he has a new romance, with psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman).

Batman & Robin (1997)

George Clooney also became The Batman

George Clooney also became The BatmanCredit: © Warner Brothers

This superhero adventure finds Batman (George Clooney) and his partner, Robin (Chris O’Donnell), attempting to the foil the sinister schemes of a deranged set of new villains.

They must take on the melancholy Mr Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who wants to make Gotham into an arctic region, and the sultry Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), a plant-loving femme fatale.

As the dynamic duo contends with these bad guys, a third hero, Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone), joins the ranks of the city’s crime-fighters.

Batman Begins (2005)

Christian Bale went on to play Batman three times

Christian Bale went on to play Batman three timesCredit: © Warner Bros

A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he’s trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows.

When Ducard reveals the League’s true purpose, Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder.

With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Heath Ledger stole the show in The dark Knight

Heath Ledger stole the show in The dark KnightCredit: Alamy

With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City.

But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

This movie was the late Heath Ledger’s last ever film.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

It has been eight years since Batman (Bale), in collusion with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), vanished into the night.

Assuming responsibility for the death of Harvey Dent, Batman sacrificed everything for what he and Gordon hoped would be the greater good.

However, the arrival of a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy) force Batman out of exile and into a battle he may not be able to win.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Ben Affleck was next to become Batman

Ben Affleck was next to become BatmanCredit: © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainme

It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis.

The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck).

Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

Suicide Squad (2016)

Affleck is back as Batman for a short part of this film.

Figuring they’re all expendable, a US intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission.

Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together.

Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Everyone loved the Lego Batman

Everyone loved the Lego BatmanCredit: © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainme

There are big changes brewing in Gotham.

But if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.

Justice League (2017)

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity, and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat.

Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly-awakened enemy.

Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes in Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Joker (2019)

Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for The Joker

Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for The JokerCredit: AP

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City.

Arthur wears two masks – the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him.

Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

The Batman (2022)

Rob Pattinson is the current Batman

Rob Pattinson is the current BatmanCredit: © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Batman (Robert Pattinson) ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues.

As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.

This is the first time actor Rob took on the role of the Caped Crusader.

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