Ranking the Batman Movies

So I’ve recently ranked the Superman movies, the Avengers movies, and the X-Men movies.  Now, let’s do the Batman movies.

If you’ll recall, my ranking system is
Green=excellent  Blue=pretty good  Black=Okay  Red=avoid

Batman (1989)–With Jack Nicholson playing the Joker.  I saw it in the theater and have seen it at least once since then and found it still quite watchable.  Great stylized Gothic set design, great cast, dark but not gloomy and with just a little bit of camp.

Batman Returns (1992)–Danny DeVito as the Penguin.  This one is nearly unbearable to sit through.  Dull and dark–I don’t mean tonally, although that too.  I mean visually, it’s like watching a play in a closet.  Some of the action scenes you literally can’t tell what’s going on.

Batman Forever (1995)–This one is not half bad.  It got terrible reviews and I haven’t run into anybody else who likes it, but really, I think Jim Carrey as the Riddler was an inspired choice.

Batman and Robin (1997)–I caught this on cable a few months after it came out and could not finish watching it.  So terrible.

Batman Begins (2005)–Probably my personal favorite.  The Scarecrow is truly creepy.

The Dark Knight (2008)–Another great one.  But you don’t need me to tell you, this one got all kinds of good reviews.  If anything, a little too intense–you’re really wrung out by the end of it.

Dark Knight Rises (2012)–This might have gotten the coveted blue text if it’d been 15-20 minutes shorter.  Some great scenes but just goes on and on.

Batman (1966) (Haven’t seen)

And here’s the master list of all comics movies I’ve rated so far, in order from best to worst:

Iron Man
Superman (1978)
Captain America
Batman Begins (2005)
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
X-Men 2: X-Men United
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Superman II
Batman (1989)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Iron Man 3
The Wolverine
X-Men: First Class
Iron Man 2
Batman Forever (1995)
Superman Returns (2006)
Thor 2: The Dark World
Incredible Hulk (2008)
Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Superman III
Supergirl (1984)
X-Men 3: Last Stand
Hulk (2003)
Batman and Robin (1997)
Batman Returns (1992)
Superman IV

Batman (1966) (Haven’t seen)
Man of Steel (Haven’t seen)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Haven’t seen)

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