Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman is one of the most popular superhero characters ever created. He’s been around for over eight decades, and it seems like he’s even more popular now than ever before. If you need any evidence, just look at the number of comics, movies, TV shows, and video games made with the Caped Crusader in the main role.

With so many projects already behind us, and a lot more upcoming over the next year or two, it might be hard to keep up. Don’t worry; I got you covered. Here’s the ultimate list of all Batman movies and TV Shows ever created in chronological order.

How Many Batman Movies Are There?

If we’re only talking about live-action films with Batman as the main antagonist, there have been nine movies so far, starting with Batman in 1989. The last Batman movie so far is Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, while a new film, The Batman, is coming out in 2022. 

The new film, starring Robert Pattinson as Batman, was supposed to come out a lot earlier than currently scheduled. However, the global pandemic caused several postponed release dates. The first scheduled date was in June 2021, but due to COVID, production was postponed severely. If everything goes as planned, we’ll get to see the film in theaters on March 4, 2022.

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Other films included Batman as well, such as Justice League in 2017 or Batman: Mask of the Phantasm animated film from 1993, but they either aren’t exactly Batman movies, or they aren’t live-action flicks. If you count them as Batman movies, too, there have been 16 films so far, with two others that have been confirmed and/or announced.

How Many Batman TV Shows Are There?

There have been only three modern live-action Batman TV shows so far: Batman (1966-1968), Gotham (2014-2019), and Batwoman (2019-). Gotham and Batwoman aren’t Batman TV shows, but the character and his close allies and enemies appear in both.

Again, if you count all the animated TV shows or older live-action theatrical series, then you have 14 TV shows overall, and the 15th, Batman: The Caped Crusader, announced for release in 2023.

There are also rumors about another Batman show on HBO Max that is soon going into production, but no titles or official announcements have been made.

Are The Batman Movies Connected?

All the Batman movies aren’t strictly tied together, but they are somewhat grouped. For instance, Warner Bros calls Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997) the “Batman anthology.”

Although, if you watch the films separately and independently, you won’t miss any important connections. Different actors portray Batman, the directors are different, the Batcave changes from movie to movie, and even the undertone of the films changes from Tim Burton’s dark gothic style to Joel Schumacher’s cartoonish take on Batman Universe.

The connection is a lot clearer in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, consisting of Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne in all three films, while other characters, such as Scarecrow, appear in all three films. Also, the events are connected from one movie to the other.

In the end, Nolan’s trilogy is the only three movies you should really watch as a trilogy. You can easily view the earlier films completely separately, and the newer films in the DC Extended Universe aren’t Batman movies, except for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). 

Justice League or Suicide Squad feature Batman in major or just cameo roles, but they can’t be considered his film. It would be like calling Iron Man 2 a Black Widow movie just because Natasha Romanoff appears in the film.

No matter how you turn it, the best way to watch Batman movies and TV shows is in order of release. Without further ado, let’s get to the list.

Batman Movies and TV Shows in Order

This is a list of all Batman movies and TV shows ever released, in order of their release. It includes both live-action and animated films and series to provide you with the ultimate guide on what and how to watch if you’re in the mood for some Caped Crusader action.

Batman (1943)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

The first time Batman ever appeared anywhere was in 1939. The first depiction of the character on-screen is presented to the viewers only four years later. Batman (1943) came out as a 15-chapter story released periodically in theaters.

The story follows Prince Daka, a Japanese spy who runs an organization in one of Gotham City’s neighborhoods called Little Tokyo that turns American scientists into zombies. Luckily, Batman comes in to save the day. 

Lambert Hillyer directed the theatrical series, while Lewis Wilson played Batman, with Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson, and others in the supporting roles.

Batman and Robin (1949)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Another 15-chapter theatrical series came out six years later. This time Batman wasn’t alone in his crusades – his sidekick, Robin, was a part of the action on the big screen for the first time. Together, they try to beat the Wizard, a mighty villain mastermind wearing a dark hood.

Almost the entire cast changed from the first series, including the director. This time, Spencer Gordon Bennet took on the challenge. Robert Lowery was Batman while Johnny Duncan played Robin. Jane Adams and Lyle Talbot played supporting roles.

Batman (1966-1968)

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The first Batman TV show wasn’t at all dark and grim as Batman comics tend to be. Instead, the show was a pure comedy starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Alan Napier and Neil Hamilton in the main supporting cast.

Batman and Robin face numerous threats on the streets of Gotham City, and the action is incredibly amusing, especially today when the acting seems even worse than it was back then. Oh, I forgot; Robin is a kid. Like, literally, a teenage boy fighting Gotham’s worst criminals on the streets.

Batman (1966)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Finally, the first true feature film on the list, Batman (1966), was inspired by the before-mentioned TV show. The director behind the film is Leslie H. Martinson, and yet again, the movie picked up more of a comedic vibe rather than a grim one.

Adam West and Burt Ward repeated their roles as Batman and Robin. They fought four major Batman supervillains in the film: Lee Meriwether as the Catwoman, Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, and Frank Gorshin as the Riddler. Alan Napier played Alfred, Batman’s butler.

The costumes are tacky, the plot is simple and funny, and the bad guys are so over the top that Robin being a kid fighting them seems plausible.

Batman Fights Dracula (1967)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman Fights Dracula is one of the less-known Batman films, but it was quite funny, in a way. The plot is self-explanatory – Batman fights the vampire, Dracula, but there’s more to the story, like failed smuggling attempts, mad scientists, etc.

Leody M. Diaz directed the comedy flick, starring Jing Abalos, Dante Rivero, and Rolan Robles.

The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-1969)

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The Batman/Superman Hour is the first animated series that the character ever received. It comprises 17 episodes in which Casey Kasem was Robin’s voice, Olan Soule Batman’s, and Bud Collyer Superman’s.

Batman and the guys are in Gotham City fighting crime around every corner in the series. The show included several big Batman and Superman villains such as Joker, the Riddler, and Lex Luthor.

The New Adventures of Batman (1977-1978)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

It seems like people couldn’t get enough of Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, and although they didn’t take on the roles again in a live-action film or series, they voiced their respective characters in The New Adventures of Batman in 1977-1978.

This time, Batgirl joins the action for the first time and helps the well-known duo fight Gotham City’s underworld that’s riddled with criminals. Melendy Britt voiced Batgirl. The animation was visibly better than the ‘69/’69 run, and the story was developed better, although there were unfortunately only 16 episodes of the show.

Batman (1989)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman (1989) is considered the first modern Batman movie ever and the first movie of the four-part Batman anthology. It’s a legendary movie directed by Tim Burton, with Michael Keaton taking on the Batman role.

The movie’s main antagonist is Jack Napier, aka the Joker, in a legendary performance by Jack Nicholson, which many fans still consider the best comic-based supervillain performance ever.

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Unlike the comedic approach we’ve seen so far, Burton finally taps into the darker side of Batman, creating a unique, gothic, grim Batman universe where almost everyone seems sketchy.

Batman Returns (1992)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman Returns (1992) was the second and last Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman collaboration, and although it wasn’t as well-received as the first movie, it was still an awesome flick I love watching even today.

The film has three main villains: Max Shreck, the Penguin, and Catwoman. Michelle Pfeiffer’s phenomenal part of Catwoman was brilliant, but she was the least “a villain” of these three. Max Shreck (Christopher Walker) was her boss that pushed her out of a building window and left her to die, but she survived, turning into Catwoman, seeking revenge against her old boss.

Shreck wants to obtain a monopoly over Gotham’s power supplies but tries to use the Penguin as his means to the goal. However, Danny DeVito’s Penguin has plans of his own, which ultimately help Batman defeat all three of them – with Catwoman eventually helping the Caped Crusader.

Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

It’s not because I love Batman as a character, nor because I’m nostalgic for the 90s style of animation – but I truly believe Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995) is one of the best animated TV shows of all time, especially in the superhero genre. It’s dark, action-packed, and has a phenomenal storyline that makes you gobble up episode after episode.

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There’s a total of 85 episodes following Batman in his crusade against crime in Gotham City. Sometimes, he operates alone, while he has help from Robin and Batgirl on other occasions.

Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm made the TV show while Bob Kane created the character itself. Throughout the series, Kevin Conroy was Batman’s voice, while Loren Lester, Eftem Zombalist Jr., and Mari Devon voiced Robin, Alfred, and Batgirl, respectively.

Some notable actors gave their voice to the villains, too. For instance, Mark Hamill was the voice of Joker while Paul Williams was the Penguin. We see many awesome Batman villains in the show, such as Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Harvey Dent (Two-Face), and others.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was the first animated long feature film that hit the screens in 1993. The animation is spectacular, but the storyline really made me love this film so much.

The film was inspired by Batman: The Animated Series, and it follows Batman, who had been wrongfully implicated in a string of homicides of Gotham City’s mafia bosses. We learn that a new vigilante is out in Gotham, which is not necessarily a bad thing – until Batman gets blamed for his killings.

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Several directors worked on the project, including Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Dan Riba, Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, and Frank Paur. Kevin Conroy was Bruce Wayne’s voice again, while the supporting cast got their voices from Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Stacy Keach, and others.

Batman Forever (1995)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

The third part of the Warner Bors “Batman anthology” was Batman Forever (1995). As the director changed from Tim Burton to Joel Schumacher, so did the entire universe in which Batman exists and operates. Schumacher’s world was more colorful, vibrant, cartoonish, and moved far away from Bruton’s dark, gothic vibe.

In my humble opinion, it was a horrible movie. The only bright spot of the movie was Jim Carrey’s Riddler, who would be way over-the-top in any other live-action Batman world, but was just perfect for Schumacher’s directing run.

Batman fights Ed Nygma (The Riddler) in the film, a brainiac who invents a device that can suck out the entire city’s brainwave power and transfer it to him, eventually making him as smart as the entire city. Also, there’s Tommy Lee Jones’s Two-Face, who seeks help from the Riddler to take out Batman, as Harvey Dent (Two-Face) has a deep hatred towards him.

The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest (1997)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest came out in 1997 as a TV movie starring the two main DC superheroes, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, with their two main supervillains, the Joker and Lex Luthor. It was a fantastic animated film that the fans enjoyed quite a lot. I still have it on a VHS tape and love watching it now and then.

Yet again voiced by Mark Hamill, Joker decides to go to Metropolis and cause havoc away from Batman, on Superman’s turf. In the meantime, Lex Luthor offers him to kill Superman for him, which the clown gladly accepts. In the meantime, Batman tracks Joker down and follows him to Metropolis, where he and Superman eventually join forces to defeat the evil masterminds.

Toshihiko Masuda directed the film, while Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, and Mark Hamill were the lead voice actors for the movie.

Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Here we are – the absolute worst Batman movie ever made, Batman & Robin from 1997. It was so bad that it’s kind of painful to watch. The villains are tacky and overall bad, Batman and Robin have as much charisma and chemistry as two potatoes, but the worst part of it all is that the plot is completely idiotic.

Like, Poison Ivy wants a better world for nature and plants, so she teams up with Mr. Freeze to freeze the entire Gotham City. Um, what? How the hell does turning everything into ice help the plants? To add to it, what Joel Schumacher did to Bane in this film should be considered a crime, turning him into this big, jacked-up goon that barely knows how to speak.

It’s such a shame that the film turned out to be so horrible because the cast was actually quite powerful, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, and others.

The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

The New Batman Adventures picked up right where Batman: The Animated Series left off. The same folks voiced the characters, and the same writers created this show. It wasn’t as epic as the first series – but it was still epic nonetheless.

I loved that the series is even darker than the original, as well as the fact that Kevin Conroy is still here as Batman’s voice, although most of the other cast members have changed. The episodes are a bit more grim and still incredibly exciting and well written; I just wish we could get more.

Batman Beyond (1999-2001)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Although I didn’t like the design for the Caped Crusader at first, Batman Beyond was likewise an amazing show about Batman and one that I’ll remember probably forever. It had 52 episodes spanning from 1999 to 2001. The legendary Kevin Conroy portrays Bruce Wayne again while Will Friedle is the young Terry McGinnis – the new Batman. 

What makes the TV show so special? Well, this Batman isn’t Bruce Wayne. Instead, Terry McGinnis takes on the mantle under Wayne’s command and supervision. Terry is a young high schooler fueled by revenge and sorrow. Bruce is already an old guy here, meaning the plot is in a futuristic version of Gotham.

Batman Beyond: The Movie (1999)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman Beyond: The Movie came to life inspired by a TV series of the same name. The animated flic follows Terry McGinnis, a kid who seeks revenge against Gotham’s criminal underworld for his father’s murder, decades after Bruce Wayne retired as Batman.

The movie is a collection of segments from the episodes of the TV show’s first season. Curt Geda, Butch Lukic, Dan Riba, and Yukio Suzuki directed the film, while Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy returned as Terry McGinnis and his mentor, Bruce Wayne.

Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

This one isn’t your classic Batman movie, but rather a film dedicated to the two actors who portrayed Batman and Robin all those years ago. Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt follow Adam West and Burt Ward in their older days, trying to find a stolen Batmobile while recollecting about their days as the caped duo.

It was more nostalgic rather than a good movie about Batman. Still, there are some incredibly funny elements in the story that you’ll enjoy even more if you’ve already watched Adam and Burt’s Batman run before, both the series and the 1966 film.

The movie is directed by Paul A. Kaufman, while Jack Brewer and Jason Mardsen play supporting roles to West and Ward.

The Batman (2004-2008)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

The Batman was quite a popular animated TV show on the air for four years and gave us 65 episodes over four seasons. The show ran on Cartoon Network, and while the kids loved it, it wasn’t as deep as some other animated Batman series.

Bill Finger created the show and its characters, while Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, and Evan Sabara voice the lead characters. Romano’s Batman, and later Sabara’s Robin, faced numerous threats, including the Joker (Kevin Michael Richardson), Mr. Freeze (Clancy Brown), and the Penguin (Tom Kenny).

If there’s one thing I’d like to point out as the show’s highlight, it’s the animation. The Batman is made in the classic Cartoon Network style with sharp edges, vibrant colors, and awesome action.

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman Begins was the first part of Cristopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and it was a huge hit. After seeing his parents getting murdered by a thug, Bruce Wayne spends his life training before he begins to fight crime and corruption in his hometown, Gotham City.

He encounters the Scarecrow, a terrifying villain portrayed by Cillian Murphy who wants to poison the city’s water supply with his Fear Toxin and then turn it into vapor to send the entire city into a maniacal frenzy. (Spoiler alert) It turns out, Batman’s old mentor is behind the plan to destroy Gotham, and Batman is having none of it.

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Nolan’s trilogy moved away from the caricatures and the supernatural and wanted to present a more realistic, grounded Batman world. It has some dark, Burton-esque elements, but only in traces. Christian Bale was, in my opinion, the best Batman to date, while Liam Neeson nailed the role of the lead villain, Ra’s Al Ghul.

After Batman Begins’s success, I don’t think anyone expected the sequels to be even better.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Batman: The Brave and the Bold was an animated TV series starring the Caped Crusader in an updated fashion, with animation closely resembling some earlier comics, which I enjoyed. It was a great show full of DC Universe’s other heroes and villains, such as Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Joker, Catwoman, Black Canary, and many others.

Diedrich Bader gave the voice to Batman, and he’s the only character that appears in every one of the 65 episodes. It was a great run that saw him team up and fight against other heroes that aren’t necessarily a part of the Batman franchise regularly. It was a breath of fresh air for sure, but nowhere near the Classic Batman: The Animated Series.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

When The Dark Knight was announced as the second movie in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, I don’t think anybody expected it to be as incredible as it is. With a 9/10 IMDb rating, it’s not only the best-rated superhero movie in history but also one of the best-rated movies ever generally.

There are many reasons why The Dark Knight was so incredibly successful. First of all, Nolan’s directing was, as always, up to the task, and the plot was incredibly well-written. Also, Christian Bale set a new standard for the epic vigilante. However, the villains in the film sold it completely, proving that a superhero movie is only as good as its villains.

Heath Ledger’s Joker was absolutely brilliant – so much so, it deserved an Oscar, becoming the first superhero movie character ever to be awarded an Academy Award. The second villain, Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, was also quite brilliant, playing the role of a villain, but you feel so heartbroken for him and his tragic story.

The entire film is filled with emotion, incredible acting, and a plot that sucks you in in a way that makes two and a half hours of screen time feel like twenty minutes.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

The Dark Knight Rises is the final part of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy that completed the storyline perfectly. It follows events happening almost a decade after the Joker’s undoings in the previous movie. A new great threat arrives at Gotham City, forcing Bruce Wayne to return from exile and defend his City once again.

We finally get to see Catwoman on the big screen again. Still, Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of the slender assassin is more of an anti-hero figure than a villain, as he ultimately helps Batman do the right thing.

The main antagonist throughout the movie is Bane, portrayed by Tom Hardy. Unlike the terrible Bane we’ve seen in the 1997 Batman & Robin flick, this iteration of Bane was epic – he was both strong and smart, just like in the comics, although the end revealed that he was only doing what was asked of him.

As it turned out, the real villain was Talia Al Ghul, Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter, who wants revenge for her father’s death in Batman Begins. Talia and Bane threaten the city with a nuclear bomb, but Batman manages to save them in the end. It was nearly impossible to live up to The Dark Knight and the expectations after it, but I’d say The Dark Knight Rises did a really good job.

Beware the Batman (2013-2014)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Unlike almost all other Batman TV series, Beware the Batman offered digital animation that looked quite modern and futuristic. It was a nice two-season, 26-episode run, but in all honesty, I prefer the classic animation style to this one. The plot’s premise is similar to any other Batman TV show: Bruce Wayne suits up to fight the criminal underbelly of Gotham City.

Anthony Ruivivar is the voice of Batman, followed by JB Blanc’s Alfred, Sumalee Montano’s Tatsu Yamashiro, Kurtwood Smith’s James Gordon, Christopher McDonald’s Harvey Dent, and others.

We get to see some awesome Batman villains and anti-heroes we don’t usually see in Batman movies and TV shows, like Professor Pyg, Mr. Toad, Silver Monkey, and others.

Gotham (2014-2019)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

The FOX TV show Gotham is considered by many to be a Batman series, so I’ll include it on the list. However, the story follows Bruce Wayne and other Gotham City residents years before becoming The Dark Knight. If you ask me, the show is spectacular, and I believe it deserves a lot more credit from fans than it gets.

The story revolves more around detective James Gordon rather than Bruce Wayne. Still, all the most well-known characters from Batman play vital parts in the series, including Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), Edward Nygma (Riddler), and others.

The show was directed by Bruno Heller, while the main stars are: Ben Mckenzie as James Gordon,  Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, etc.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Pinning Batman against Superman is something DC fans love seeing, but the execution of the idea in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) just wasn’t right. The plot was all wrong, and although it did set up the future of DC’s Extended Universe nicely, the movie itself just wasn’t that great.

First of all, Ben Affleck is chubby. I mean, he has a very visible under-chin, and he’s supposed to play the role of a guy in peak physical condition. 

Second, his motive to battle Superman is subpar, to say the least. He fears that Superman might threaten the world if left unchecked, so he decides to fight him in another casualty-filled battle. Yeah, Bruce, that’s genius.

Still, the action wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be after the initial reviews. Apart from Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s awesome Superman, the rest of the cast is quite good with Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as a young Lex Luthor.

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

While some fans didn’t like Batman: The Killing Joke as much as I did, you can’t argue the awesome animation and storyline that makes you love and hate the Joker at the same time.

In the animated movie, Batman hunts the Joker who escaped Arkham. The crazy clown wants to prove a point by attacking Commissioner Gordon’s family, mirroring his fall into madness. I love that Kevin Conroy returned to voice Batman once again, as well as the magnificent Mark Hamill, who became the Clown Prince of Chaos once again.

The director, Sam Liu, has done a great job portraying the Joker’s madness, as some of the scenes are horrifying.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

Those who led the comedic approach that Adam West and Burt Ward delivered as Batman and Robin over five decades ago will enjoy the 2016 animated flick Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

West and Ward come back one last time to give their voice to Batman and Robin as they battle their foes from the 1960s live-action series, including Catwoman, Penguin, and Riddler.

Rick Morales directed the movie, and it’s funny but a lot more action-packed than what we’re used to from the West/Ward run.

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

You can’t include all the before-mentioned animated series on this list and not put The Lego Batman Movie up here as well. The story follows a Lego-based Bruce Wayne who gives his best to defeat the usual Gotham City villains, including Joker, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, and Catwoman.

The flick is hilarious, and it mocks some of the biggest Batman cliches, but the action isn’t half as bad as you’d think a Lego movie would have. The director, Chris McKay, did a great job combining humor and action.

Also, when you look at the cast that gave voice to the characters, you get a very strong group of actors worthy of any awesome blockbuster film: Will Arnett (Batman), Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl), Ralph Fiennes (Alfred), Zach Galifianakis (Joker), Jenny Slate (Harley Quinn), Conan O’Brien (Riddler), and others.

Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

After Harley Quinn first appeared in the 90s Batman animated series, the character lived on and got introduced to the comics and movies as well, quickly becoming a fan-favorite – especially after Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley in the Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey.

In the Batman and Harley Quinn animated action flick, Batman and Nightwing have to team up with Harley to save the world from a threat made by Poison Ivy and the infamous Floronic Man.

To those who prefer the animated version of Batman, Kevin Conroy is Bruce Wayne’s voice, and it was no different in this flick, as he teamed up once again with the director Sam Liu.

The Batman (2022)

Batman Movies in Order: Every Movie and TV Show in Chronological Order

While this movie still hasn’t hit theaters, I had to include the long-awaited Robert Pattinson film on the list, as I’m so eager to see how he’ll portray the role. Not only does it seem that Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne will be as dark as ever, but it has been announced that it will explore the detective side of the Caped Crusader more than ever.

The Riddler will be the main villain in the film, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the claims materialize.

Other Batman Appearances, TV Videos, and Shorts

There have been numerous other Batman appearances on-screen, but they aren’t on the initial list because they don’t fit the movie/TV show criteria, or Batman isn’t the main protagonist in them. Here’s a list of other projects that include Batman but aren’t included on the list above:

  • Super Friends (1973–1985)
  • The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977–1978)
  • Challenge of the Superfriends (1978)
  • The World’s Greatest SuperFriends (1979)
  • Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
  • SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)
  • The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998 Video)
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000 Video)
  • Justice League (2001-2004)
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
  • Chase Me (2003 Video)
  • Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)
  • The Batman vs. Dracula (2005 Video)
  • Batman: Gotham Knight (2008 Video)
  • Batman: Black and White (2008– )
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009 Video)
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010 Video)
  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010 Video)
  • DC Super Friends: The Joker’s Playhouse (2010 Video)
  • Young Justice (2010– )
  • Batman: Year One (2011 Video)
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012 Video)
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013 Video)
  • Batman’s Lego Adventure: Part 1 (2013)
  • Son of Batman (2014 Video)
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014 Video)
  • Batman vs. Robin (2015 Video)
  • Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015 Video)
  • Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015 Video)
  • Batman Unlimited (2015–2016 Shorts)
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles (2015–2016 Shorts)
  • Batman: Bad Blood (2016 Video)
  • Suicide Squad (2016) – uncredited cameo appearance
  • Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants (2016 Video)
  • Justice League Action (2016–2018)
  • Justice League Dark (2017 Video)
  • Batman vs. Two-Face (2017 Video)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Do You Need to Watch Batman Movies and TV Shows in Order?

Most Batman projects aren’t directly related, especially the animated series. Some movies are connected, like The Dark Knight trilogy or the Batman anthology from 1989 to 1997. However, you won’t miss anything too important if you watch the movies separately. Still, I recommend watching the movies and TV shows in release order, simply for the best experience.

Will There Be More Batman Movies?

There will certainly be more Batman movies in the future. The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, is announced for March 2022, while it was confirmed that both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton’s Batman will return in the 2023 flick, The Flash. Although other Batman projects aren’t announced yet, it’s safe to say there will be more.

Will There Be More Batman TV Shows?

More Batman TV shows are arriving very soon. Batman: Caped Crusader has been announced to be in early production exclusively on HBO Max, but there’s still no release date. Another untitled Batman/HBO Max live-action project is in the works, but it’s still unclear when it’ll be done.

  • Luka loves psychological thrillers, horrors, and mysteries. However, high fantasy and fiction are his primary interest, especially Tolkien's Middle-earth universe, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Marvel universe. Amateur filmmaker, screenwriter, cinematography, and trivia enthusiast.