Hey there Bat Fans! If you’re a Batman fan like me, Batman Movies chronological order may be one of the things you should consider knowing. Batman Movies chronological order consists of 9 movies and 2 series between the years 1943-2012. Yes, Batman has a really long history on the screen. Maybe some of you didn’t know that Batman’s history reaches far further than Second World War.
The actual history of Batman started in May 1939 with his appearance within the comic book Detective Comics #27. The character gained a great popularity that its self titled comic book has begun publication in 1940. And the legend goes on since then. Batman is actually inspired from another comic book character “The Shadow”. They have many similarities, but that’s another theme that we can discuss in another article.
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Batman’s first appearance on the screen was in the serial “Batman” in 1943, which is followed by another serial “Batman and Robin” in 1949. Then came in the legendary movie series.
Batman (series) – 1943
The first Batman serial is a 15 chapter serial. It released in 1943. Lewis Wilson played the role of Batman while Robin was played by Douglas Croft. In the first series Batman appears as a US government agent trying to stop the Japanese agent Dr. Daka.
There are some exclusive revealings in the first Batman series. In the series Bat Cave and its secret entrance through a grandfathers clock is introduced for the first time. Batman and Robin in the first series try to defeat Dr. Daka , a japanese scientist, who invented a machine that turns people into pseudo-zombies.
The first Batman screen appearance of course wasn’t too eye candy comparing to the latest Batman movies. It was black and white, and Batman was a little bit..chubby? But it was a blast in 1943. Here is a trailer of the first Batman serial:
Batman and Robin (series) – 1949
The sequel to first Batman Serial is released in 1949.
Actors and plot are different than previous, but the main frame is the same. Batman is played by Robert Lowery and Robin is played by Johnny Duncan.
This time our Duo face off against the mysterious hoodied villain the Wizard. The Wizard has an electrical device with which he can control the cars. Until the end his identity remains unknown. No spoilers.
Batman: The Movie – 1966
It is the first color screen motion picture Batman Movie. In this Batman Movie we can see an almost full cast of villains that we know from the previous Batman serials. The United Underworld consists of four of the most powerful villains of Gotham City. Joker, Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin.
Batman is played by Adam West and Robin is played by Burt Ward. Else of Catwoman, the cast includes most members of the TV series.
The plot is a little more detailed this time.. The United Underworld holds in their hands an invention of Commodore Schmidlapp, a dehydrator. It can turn humans into dust. By using this device United Underworld captures United World Organization’s Secrity Counsil. And of course it’s Batman and Robin’s job to save the day. There is a lot more action in the first Batman movie than in their previous series.
Batman – 1989
Here goes the bomb! This may be the first modern Batman movie to see on screen. In this batman movie we have two big signature names: Jack Nicholson as The Joker and Tim Burton as director.
In my opinion, 1989 Batman Movie was the best Batman movie made till that day. But it keeps getting better with every new Batman movie. Quality of filming has tremendeously improved, roleplaying is way more awesome, storyboard is in a great order and the last movie had used all the advantages of special effects technologies.
The plot is also well designed. In this Batman movie we witness the transformation of Jack Napier(Jack Nicholson) to “The Joker”. Jack Napier is the second-in-command of the mob boss Carl Grissom. Grissom arranges an assasination of Naiper during a raid at the Axis Chemical Plant with the help of corrupted police lieutenant Max Eckhardt after learning Napier’s involvement with his mistress. But Batman interrupts and Napiers falls in a chemical waste vat. From that day Napier becomes The Joker with his clownish distorted face.
He takes his revenge from Grissom and starts terrorizing Gotham with a deadly chemical “Smilex”, and it’s Batman’s duty to stop him.
Batman Returns – 1992
Or main villain in this Batman Movie is The Penguin. The Penguin is a deformed infant child of a high society family, who is abondoned by his family and thrown into a river. He is rescued and raised by the penguins living in an abondoned zoo’s sewer connection. Thirty three years later he becomes The Penguin. He appears in Gotham City’s annual christmas ceremony. Penguin kidnaps an important businessman Max Shreck to help him become a citizen of Gotham.
Shreck’s secretary Selina finds out his power plant project which will drain Gotham’s electricity. Shreck tries to silence her by throwing her through a window, but she survives and turns into Catwoman.
Batman is played by Michael Keaton, Catwoman is played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Penguin by Danny DeVito.
Batman Forever – 1995
Batman Forever comes with its epic casting with Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris O’Donnell.
Plot focuses on Batman’s efforts to stop Two-Face and Riddler while they are trying to extract information from all the minds in Gotham City in order to find out Batman’s secret identity and obtain citys control.
In this film Robin is the son of an acrobat family – “Dick”. Dick’s family gets murdered by the crew of Two-Face during a charity circus event. In the event Bruce Wayne and her love interest Dr. Chase Meridian was also present. Bruce Wayne assumes responsibility and allows Dick to stay in his mansion, where Dick will find out the true identity of Batman and offer Bruce Wayne his help as Robin.
Batman & Robin – 1997
This is my favourite Batman movie in 90’s. I have many times watched it without boredom. It also outstands with its selection of actors. You can see George Clooney as Batman, Chris O’Donnel as Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Frost, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl.
Movie is exclusive for being the only Batman movie till now where Batgirl appears. Main plot is about the story of Batman and Robin trying to prevent Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing all the mankind and repopulate earth with mutant plants. In this movie you can also see Bane – the poison injected guy with super human strenght.
The Dark Night Trilogy – (2005-2012)
The famous trilogy of latest Batman Movies. In my opinion they’re the best Batman movies filmed by now. I just can’t seperate this trilogies films from one another because all three of them are literally awesome. I’ve watched them all several times and i still sometimes watch them in my free time. Christian Bale, being one of my favourite actors, definetely gives a different aura to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy on casting. Scores of hans Zimmer in each movie. Do i have to say more?
The Dark Night Trilogy gives the whole script in a darker and more realistic way. Also there are many new changes specially made for the trilogy. Batsuit redesigned and became a more mobile suit with a more eye candy look. Batmobile was redesigned as a tank-like vehicle and there are many more additional features in The Dark Knight.
Batman Begins – 2005
The whole story retold from the beginning with Christian Bale. It all starts from the childhood of Bruce Wayne, the murder of his parents. Fourteen years after the murder of his parents, the murderer Joe Chill gets freed for tetifying against mob boss Falcone. Bruce plans to kill Chill but Falcone gets Chill assasinated first. Bruce confronts Falcone in a nightclub where Falcone demonstrates his power to Bruce. Bruce that day understands the corruption of the system and decides to travel the world and find a way to fight injustice. He gets trained as a member of League of Shadows. He then returns to Gotham to fight for justice but the League Of Shadows decides to destroy Gotham, thinking that it’s so corrupted and not worth saving.
The Dark Knight – 2008
This is the first Batman film without the word “Batman” in it. The Dark Knight is my favourite Batman movie till now. The main reason why it is my favourite Batman movie is that Heath Ledger appears as Joker in it with his brilliant performance. If you haven’t watched it, you definetely are missing something. Even only Heath Ledger himself is a valid reason to watch The Dark Knight. R.I.P. Heath Ledger. I won’t tell you anything about the plot. Go watch it first and then thank to me.
The Dark Knight: Rises – 2012
Batman returns from his retirement. Events occur 8 years after the incidents in The Dark Knight. Destruction plans of The League of Shadows on Gotham continues. For this purpose they send Bane to Gotham. The Dark Knight Rises is my second favourite Batman movie. Tom Hardy really is a game changer. In this movie we are seeing Tom Hardy as Bane, the guy with super human strength. His epic speeches were my favourite parts in the movie.
So to summ up, this is the order of the entire chronology:
Batman (Serial) – 1943
Batman and Robin (Serial) – 1949
Batman: The Movie – 1966
Batman – 1989
Batman Returns – 1992
Batman Forever – 1995
Batman and Robin – 1997
Batman Begins – 2005
The Dark Knight – 2008
The Dark Knight Rises – 2012
Are You a Collectioner?
Don’t know about you, but i definetely am. I usually make a collection of films which are in high value for me. I buy their box set or director’s cut and place it inmy special epic movies shelter, which houses all Tarantino films, all legendary Kubrick films, Fight Club, David Lynche movies and many many more.
Batman is one of them because it really has been in my whole life since my childhood. I grew up with it and it really is a part of my life which tought me a lot. It is i think a must for every hardcore Bat Fan to have a set of Batman related stuff. May it be a comics collection, may it be a movie box set. So that’s why i’m sharing with you where i got my Batman Movie Collection:
There isn’t a single box set for all the movies i’ve listed above, so i bought them as 3 parts. The first one is 4 Films Batman Collection Boxset. It includes “Batman”, “Batman Returns”, “Batman Forever” and “Batman &Robin”. I bought it from Amazon for $23 in Blu-Ray, which was a great deal for me. It is even cheaper ($9) if you want to get it in DVD. Here is the link if you are wondering where you can get it:
And then comes the famous Dark Knight Trilogy. I think you all are familiar with it. It was a must for me to get. This is my favourite Batman Collection and i have probably watched it endless times. Here is the link for the ones who want to find it:
And last one for the hardcore Bat Fans. I’ve found the Complete Television Series Limited Edition Box Set. It not only includes the TV series in Blu-Ray quality, but it also comes with collectible premiums which are “The Adam West Scrap Book”, “44 Vintage Trading Cards”, “Ultraviolet Digital Copy”, 32-Page Complete Episode Guide” and last but the best HOT WHEELS REPLICA BATMOBILE!!
It was on sale for $135 at Amazon when i last checked. It’s a bit pricey if compared to collections i’ve mentioned before, but this is a historical collection which includes items from the times of World War 2, so it is normal. $135 was lower than it’s actual price, which is $270, so it’s on discount right now. It’s best for you to check the price out yourself from the link below:
Batman Movies Chronological Order
So this is the chronology of Batman Movies till now. Else of them, in 2016 Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice is going to be released and assumed to be followed by several Batman movies or side movies.
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