There may have been surprises along the way but the final destination surely must have been seen coming long before it appeared on the horizon.
Christian Bale || Batman
There’s an argument for doing this list all over again as the greatest “comic book movie”, and if that were to happen there would be a clear winner with Batman v Superman, but the goal of this countdown was the rank the Batmen as a calculation between Greatest Movie and Best Use of Source Material. In that respect, The Dark Knight is the finest Batman movie there’s been, though the recently announced Ben Affleck solo film written by Ben & Geoff Johns might put that to the test.
Not only do you have a crusading Batman cleaning the streets of Gotham but you’ve Harvey Dent doing what needs to be done in the courtroom to make sure they remain clean, Jim Gordon tackling police corruption, and the media amplifying everything to create a microcosm that allows for a man like The Joker to exist. At its heart, The Dark Knight is somewhere between Heat and Seventh Seal as Batman and Joker take to Gotham’s sidewalks to duel it out for the souls of its citizens. In many ways The Joker does as much to dismantle organised crime as the Caped Crusader but for different reasons. Ledger nails The Joker’s motivations. He’s no intention of killing the Bat-Man, that would destroy the fun he’s having; he even goes to length to protect him from the Wayne Industries employee who’s preparing to OUT the Dark Knight making what must be the most warped and abusive relationships in history.
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Stu Hogan is idolized by every child walking Hollywood Boulevard apart from his own. Working the star-studded street as a Batman impersonator alongside good pal Brian (Superman) and steroid shooting Ricky (The Incredible Hulk), Stu's love of alcohol, gambling and strippers have left him behind with his alimony, down on his luck and looking for a quick fix for both.
Seeing an opportunity to change his circumstances, Stu enlists his fellow superheroes for a daring heist that has the impersonators fall short of their counterparts' lofty standards causing friendships to fracture and divisions to become deadly.
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The League of Bats
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
2. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
3. Batman Begins (2005)
4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
5. Batman (1989)
6. Batman: The Movie (1966)
7. Batman Forever (1995)
8. Batman Returns (1992)
9. Batman & Robin (1997)
10. Batman & Robin (1949)
11. Batman (1943)