I’m often asked which Batman film is my favorite and which Batman films are regulars in my rotation.
Luckily, I own every single Batman film — animated and live-action — every made; including the two 1940s Columbia serials.
Which ones do I consistently watch? Well, I came up with 10 and then ranked ’em. If it’s not on this list, it doesn’t mean that I don’t ever watch them (except for BvS and JUSTICE LEAGUE — I’ll never watch those two again), I simply don’t view them as much as the ones you’ll see below.
So, in honor of BOF’s 20th anniversary — only 2 months left to celebrate — here’s my top 5! (Click here for part 1!)
5) BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (1993)
There’s a legitimate case to be made that MOTP is the best Batman film, and it would be hard to argue against it.
4) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)
A proper and emotional conclusion to one of the greatest cinematic trilogies in history.
3) THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
The greatest comic book/superhero film ever…and simply a great film, period.
2) THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2016)
A flat-out love letter to Batman history. This is why I find myself watching it more than any other Batman film in my collection right now.
1) BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
BATMAN BEGINS is my favorite Batman movie of all-time, thus, it remains a staple in my Batman movie-watching rotation. I’d argue that it’s the greatest comic book/superhero origin movie ever.
Alright BOF’ers, there’s my top 5. Now keep in mind that I’m not necessarily ranking them in terms of quality; I’m ranking them in terms of which ones I find myself watching the most on a regular basis. And frankly, this list is very fluid.
Also, I do watch other Batman movies that are not on this list…and there are some that I likely will never watch again (i.e. BvS, JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN, BATMAN RETURNS)
So, what are your most-watched Batman movies? Talk about it in the comments section below! – Bill “Jett” Ramey