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Batman Movies In Order Chronologically

Who doesn’t love Batman!? It’s hard not to love a badass, gritty, crime-fighting dude dressed as a bat. Over the years, there have been many actors and films portraying this masked vigilante. Different films take place in their own timelines or simply have nothing to do with one another. Think of the Batman series almost as the James Bond series. Each actor that has portrayed Batman has his own set of films. Because of this, it may end up confusing people as to what order these batman films go in. That’s where we come in! This guide is to help you watch the all the different Batman movies in order. Let’s get started!

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1989-1990’s Batman Movies In Chronological Order

Batman
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin

Christian Bale Batman Movies In Chronological Order

Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises

DC Extended Universe Batman Movies In Chronological Order

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Suicide Squad (Short Cameo)
Justice League
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
The Batman

Batman Movies In Order Of Their Release Dates

Now you know how to watch all the Batman films in chronological order! As you can see, they don’t all go together. Each set of Batman is part of its own little universe. Now, we’ll cover all the Batman movies in order of their release dates. You’ll also find a small description of each film, as well as where you can watch the movies!

1.  Batman

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Batman Movie Description

Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), a millionaire philanthropist by day, also fights crime in Gotham City at night. He does this by dressing up as Batman and striking fear into the hearts of villains. However, when a deformed madman named The Joker (Jack Nicholson) takes over the criminal underworld, Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis yet.

2.  Batman Returns

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Batman Returns Movie Description

The Madman named Penguin (Danny DeVito) who lives in the sewers joins up with a wicked businessman in order to get rid of The Batman (Michael Keaton). When the businessman’s assistant finds out, she turns into Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). She soon teams up with Penguin and the businessman to destroy Batman, however, things go awry when she starts to catch feelings for The Bat.

3.  Batman Forever

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Batman Forever Movie Description

Harvey Dent (Tommy Lee Jones), also known as Two-Face, is a schizophrenic and former District Attorney who seeks revenge on Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) by unleashing a brain-sucking weapon on Gotham City’s residents. Batman, also known as the caped crusader, faces off against Two-Face and the Riddler (Jim Carrey), another disgruntled ex-Wayne Enterprises inventor. As the masked hero attempts to recover from the traumatic experiences of his parents’ death, he sparks up a romance with psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman).

4.  Batman & Robin

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Batman & Robin Movie Description

As Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O’Donnell) battle a new set of nefarious villains, including the melancholy Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and the sultry Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), a third hero, Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone), joins the fight. These bad guys are determined to make Gotham into an arctic region or turn all the citizens into plants, but the Dynamic Duo is more than up for the challenge. Together, they will stop at nothing to protect their city.

5.  Batman Begins

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Batman Begins Movie Description

As a young man, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) journeys to the Far East, where he trains under the tutelage of Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the League of Shadows. Ducard reveals to Wayne the League’s true purpose, the complete destruction of Gotham City. Unhappy with the League’s purpose, Wayne returns to Gotham to rid the city of criminal scum without resorting to murder. Not long after his return the legendary Batman is born. Along with Alfred (Michael Caine) and Lucius (Morgan Freeman), Batman begins to fight crime on the streets of Gotham marking the beginning of his mission to rebuild the city into something better.

6.  The Dark Knight

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The Dark Knight Movie Description

The Joker (Heath Ledger) has disturbed the peace in Gotham City by throwing the town into chaos. Batman (Christian Bale), with the help of Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), has been able to keep crime at an all-time low in Gotham. However, the Joker’s vile actions have forced Batman to walk a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

7.  The Dark Knight Rises

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The Dark Knight Rises Movie Description

When Batman (Christian Bale) vanished into the night eight years ago, assuming responsibility for the death of Harvey Dent, many thought he was gone for good. However, When a crafty cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a relentless terrorist known as Bane (Tom Hardy) arrive in Gotham City, Batman is forced out of hiding and into a battle he may not be prepared for.

8.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), is one of the many infuriated people who believe Superman (Henry Cavill) is a threat to humanity. Bruce can’t support the number of lives lost during Superman’s massive battle with Zod (Michael Shannon), which nearly destroyed the entire city. Batman has now made it his mission to stop Superman at all costs. But Superman has more than Batman to worry about. He’s also got Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) coming after him.

9.  Zack Snyder's Justice League

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Batman (Ben Affleck), along with Wonder Woman (Gal Godot), begins recruiting a series of heroes to join their elite team. Known as the Justice League, they must prepare to save Earth from the biggest threat it’s ever faced. They’ve only got one shot, and without Superman (Henry Cavill), their odds aren’t looking too great.


That’s about it for all the Batman movies in release date order. We didn’t put Suicide Squad up there because Batman only made a small cameo in it, so we don’t really consider it a Batman movie. We are not done yet though! If you are trying to differentiate which actor is in each Batman movie, we’ve made some simple tables to show you! So far, 6 different actors have assumed the role of Batman! That includes Robert Pattison, whose movie isn’t out as of now. (February 22, 2022)

Batman Movies In Order By Actor

Christian Bale Batman Movies

  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises

Ben Affleck Batman Movies

  •  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Justice League
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Michael Keaton Batman Movies

  • Batman (1989)
  • Batman Returns

Robert Pattinson Batman Movies

  • Batman Returns

Val Kilmer Batman Movies

  • Batman Forever

George Clooney Batman Movies

  • Batman & Robin

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way we some extra Batman related stuff to cover. All the Batman Films above can go together in some sort of way. However, there are other Batman movies and series that simply don’t fit into the films above. You can watch these all by themselves as they are all stand alone projects. There’s no real viewing order to these. We have to say though, some of the films and shows listed down below are absolutely incredible and you should definitely give them a watch!

All Other Batman Movies And Shows

Other Batman Movies
Batman: The Movie (1966)
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
Joker (2019)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Other Batman Shows
The Batman (1943/ Theatrical Series)
Batman and Robin (1949/ Theatrical Series)
Batman (1966 to 1969/ TV Show)
Gotham (2014 to 2019/ TV Show)
Titans (2018 to present/ TV Show)
Pennyworth (2019 to Present/ TV Show)
Batwoman (2019 to Present/ TV Show)

Lastly, we’re going to give you our opinion on what we think the Batman movies from worst to best are! You may or may not agree with us, but we stick by our choices! If you haven’t seen all the films you’ve gotta go watch them too see if you agree with our order.

Batman Movies In Order From Worst To Best

  • Justice League
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League
  • Batman (1989)
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
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