Batman, the legendary hero with the cape, has been a cinematic mainstay for decades, attracting viewers with his mystique and thrilling escapades. Watching Batman movies can be an exciting and complicated experience, what with multiple actors stepping into the role and filmmakers crafting their own plots, the order can be an issue. This complete guide will go into two different ways of exploring the Batman movies: one that follows the storyline in chronological order, and another that traces the development of the Dark Knight through the years by releasing each film in chronological order.

Batman Movies in Order of Release Date

Here is every live-action Batman movie in order of release date:

  • Batman (1989) – June 23, 1989
  • Batman Returns (1992) – June 19, 1992
  • Batman Forever (1995) – June 16, 1995
  • Batman & Robin (1997) – June 20, 1997
  • Batman Begins (2005) – June 25, 2005
  • The Dark Knight (2008) – July 18, 2008
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – July 20, 2012
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – March 25, 2016
  • Suicide Squad (2016) – August 5, 2016
  • Justice League (2017) – November 17, 2017
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) – March 18, 2021
  • The Batman (2022) – March 4, 2022
  • The Batman 2 (2025) – October 3, 2025

Batman Movies in Chronological Order of Events

The ’90s Movies

Batman (1989)

Batman Returns (1992)

  • The weirdest and horniest Batman film, showcasing Keaton against Danny DeVito’s Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman.
  • Flashbacks reveal the grotesque origins of The Penguin.

Batman Forever (1995)

  • Joel Schumacher takes over, Val Kilmer becomes Batman, introducing Jim Carrey’s Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones’s Two-Face.
  • Technically takes place shortly after Batman Returns.

Batman & Robin (1997)

  • George Clooney steps in as Batman, facing Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman).
  • The final chapter of this Batman era, featuring Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl.

The Dark Knight Trilogy

Batman Begins (2005)

  • Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed trilogy begins with Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne’s origin and training under the League of Shadows.
  • Dr. Jonathan Crane, a.k.a. Scarecrow, amps up fear-based experiments.

The Dark Knight (2008)

  • The Joker, portrayed by Heath Ledger, terrorizes Gotham about six months after the events of Batman Begins.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

  • The concluding chapter, set eight years after The Dark Knight, sees Bruce Wayne facing the terrorist Bane.

The DCEU

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

  • Ben Affleck’s Batman takes center stage in the aftermath of Man of Steel, facing off against Superman.

Suicide Squad (2016)

  • Batman makes appearances in flashbacks as he rounds up villains like Deadshot and Harley Quinn.

Justice League (2017)

  • Batman, along with Wonder Woman, attempts to form a superhero team two years after Batman v Superman.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

  • The 2021 director’s cut offers Zack Snyder’s original vision for the film.

The Matt Reeves Version

The Batman (2022)

  • Robert Pattinson takes on the role of a Year Two Batman, focusing on the detective side of the vigilante.
  • Introduces Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle, Paul Dano as the Riddler, and more.

The Batman 2 (2025)

  • A sequel firmly in development, promising endless possibilities for Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne.

Whether you prefer to unravel the events chronologically or witness Batman’s evolution through release dates, this guide ensures you navigate the cinematic world of the Dark Knight with clarity and excitement. The bat-signal awaits, signaling another adventure in the ever-expanding Batman saga.

High On Films in collaboration with Avanté

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