One of DC Comics' most iconic characters -- and certainly one of the most beloved superheroes, period -- the Caped Crusader has made it to the big screen several times, facing off against his formidable rogues gallery and earning an ever-growing fanbase along the way.
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Critics Consensus: The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise's winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny -- and beautifully animated -- family-friendly mayhem.
Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera
Director: Chris McKay
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Director: Zack Snyder
Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Director: Christopher Nolan
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
Director: Christopher Nolan
Batman Begins (2005)
Critics Consensus: Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
Director: Christopher Nolan
Critics Consensus: Joel Schumacher's tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that's too jokey to care much for.
Starring: George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director: Joel Schumacher
Critics Consensus: Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief.
Starring: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey
Director: Joel Schumacher
Critics Consensus: Stylish and admirably respectful of the source material, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm succeeds where many of the live-action Batman adaptations have failed.
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Stacy Keach, Hart Bochner
Director: Eric Radomski, Bruce W. Timm
Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director: Tim Burton
Batman (1989)
Critics Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Director: Tim Burton
Critics Consensus: Batman: The Movie elevates camp to an art form -- and has a blast doing it, every gloriously tongue-in-cheek inch of the way.
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether
Director: Leslie H. Martinson

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