SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ALL ENTRIES ON THIS LIST - BEWARE
The Dark Knight might be the greatest hero to have ever come out of any comic books, or anything else in history. No matter what, Spider-Man will always be my favorite hero and Batman comes in a very close second! I always see lists that usually includes only one form of entertainment; and yet, I decided to make one dealing with all of his greatest hits!
Wow, I still cannot get over how much I love Snyder's New 52 Batman and how masterfully he crafted those stories. I read every issue and I was never disappointed.
There's no way that you'll agree with everything on my list, but I hope that you will at least understand why I put them in the order that they are in. Spider-Man will always be the hero that I am most enamored with, but Batman's collection of material is unparalleled by its sheer quality. (If a comic was adapted in an Animated Movie, then I'll include that along with that movie on this list.)
Okay, Nolan's The Dark Knight is by far the best thing ever put out and is my favorite comic movie or any other film of all time. The only reason I'm not putting this on this list is because it's far too obvious and I want to give other opportunities to Batty's other works.
The top selection on this list will be considered 1.5 -- I hope you somewhat agree with this list and I really hope that my 10-20-readers (if that) will enjoy this list and leave a comment with their input! Enjoy!
(The rankings are in order from really awesome to insanely awesome!)
10. BATMAN BEGINS
This movie saved the franchise by bringing in one of the greatest directors of all time. I remember seeing this back in 2005, and thinking what an amazing film. None of my other friends were quite as excited, but I knew this was the start of something special!
I still watch this movie quite frequently and I am entertained each and every time I watch it! You must appreciate that Nolan created a universe without other heroes, but at the same time -- you wish that he created a world where the Justice League existed!
9. DEATH OF THE FAMILY
This was one of the most beautifully written love/horror story I had ever read in my life! I still wonder why DC hasn't created an Animated Film out of this story (too dark)? I loved how Snyder treated Batman and The Joker's relationship something far greater than just a hero and villain.
This stoyline had far too many outrageous moment to go into details, but they were all extremely insane and so enjoyable to read. After the events of what took place at that dinner party -- The Joker and Batman's relationship would never be the same. If you haven't read this, please, please read it!
8. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
Batman showcased why he's the boss when he walked out on one of their team meetings. At first, I didn't like this movie, but after a few more viewings; I found it to be incredibly interesting!
Everyone on the Justice League should know that Batman would have a contingency plan if any of them went Darth Vader on them. This was originally called, Tower of Babel, in the comics and had a different villain, but still the same end results. I just love how Batman is far more than just a mere mortal and he has definitely earned the tile 'The Most Dangerous Man Alive' on numerous occasions!
7. BATMAN - EARTH ONE (VOL.1 & VOL.2)
Geoff Johns did a phenomenal job creating a different origin and it's crazy to see Batman being ... well, not really Batman, yet. I loved how he change quite a few things, but left somethings similar. I hope he does another one, because I want to more about his mother, Martha Arkham and how twisted Jessica Dent ended up.
There was another huge difference, that might have just been me; but I honestly believe that Bruce Wayne was an actual good person. We all remember that scene in 'Hush', but this Bruce seemed like he's a decent guy. Riddler's scheme and seeing Bruce become Batman; made this easily one of my favorites of all-time!
6. BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN
Hopefully, the DCEU will make Wayne's detective work extremely important in their new universe and this was showcased on Jeph Loeb's (He's head of Marvel TV) masterpiece. I loved how they spent a year trying to figure out who was killing all those people on important dates.
5. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE & ARKHAM ASYLUM: A SERIOUS HOUSE ON SERIOUS EARTH
These are two of the greatest stories ever told about Batman and they're only this low because I enjoy others quite a bit more (I could totally see them being on top on others.)! The Killing Joke is easily one of the best Graphic Novels ever and I can't wait for the Animated Movie! This book was so twisted and it had to be on this list. Sadly, I did like other comics/movies better.
Batman is stuck in Arkham and must find out who set him up -- in one of Grant Morrison's masterpiece. I love both of these books, but I just enjoyed the others a great deal more (repetitive).
If Affleck is using this as inspiration for his upcoming solo movie; then we're all in for a huge treat, except for the wedding dress at the end! Everyone has different tastes in their favorite Batman stories and mine might be a tad different from yours.
4. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 1 & 2
I recently wrote a list about all the best New 52 Animated Features and people must have misread what I meant. I love the comic and they could not have chose a better actor than Peter Weller's to voice an aged Batman.
These animated features were absolutely spectacular and showcased a Dark Knight that was willing to do anything to protect his city. These movies are masterpieces and probably would have ranked second on my animated Batman list! I loved how much he connected with Carrie Kelley at the end of the first part!
I loved how he defeated the Mutant's Leader and took back his city; even though the government told him to knock it off. Seriously, I lost count how many times I'd watched these movies and I will still continue to watch these movies and also, read the comic! When Superman knew that he was faking his death and just smiled -- wow, this was certainly something special!
3. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
This is easily the most controversial choice on my list and I can understand how some people could think that I'm full of shit. With all the shared-universes currently existing, it was very nice to have story with an ending. The only complaint that I had about this movie was the lack of Bale in the Batman costume.
I thought this was a brilliant way to end the trilogy by giving hope to every Gothamite by looking at the man who gave his life to save their city when it was all done. Plus, having Batman fighting with the cops, in the daylight, was truly spectacular!
2. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
This is another movie that I cannot stop myself from watching time after time. Somehow you feel Batman's pain over his greatest failure. Also, you could see how much Jason Todd still loved Batman by putting himself in danger trying to save him. It was a rare, beautiful movie that that I don't think they'll find a way to replicate in any other of Batman's stories.
Sadly, I'm not sure how well this would translate of big the screen (with Batman being a killer now), but this animated version was almost near-perfect. Jason's speech to Batman about allowing The Joker to live was one of the most powerful things I've heard in any type of movie. This was one of the most complex movies I've ever seen and Batman saving Jason at the end was something so great -- I can't describe in words!
1.5 - BATMAN - ENDGAME
Yes, I know this was just recently released, but this comic was one of the most deranged, amazing, and perfectly written comics that I've ever read in my life. DotF was considered a love story and this was Joker's horror story against his former lover, Batman. Snyder proved that he knew both of these characters and crafted an immaculate story.
I won't defend my choice, but the ending was the stuff of legends. Batman displayed that he was crazier than The Joker and it was perfect; by not entering the Lazarus Pit. I won't get into the insanely perfect plot, but just the very ending. They both died and there's no other way to end the story for these two. Please, if you haven't read it, please do -- and you'll see why this is my favorite of all-time!
Please feel free to disagree with any of my picks down in the comments section and I hope that you at least enjoyed my list.