Ranking every live-action Batman movie from worst to best

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10. Batman & Robin (1997)

A little over two decades ago, the worst Batman film to date debuted. The cast starred George Clooney as Batman, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.

While the “universe” concept didn’t exist just yet, continuity was a problem as director Joel Schumacher’s follow-up to Batman Forever didn’t feel like a sequel. Instead, it felt like a totally different movie – which, to some degree, hurt the film. It was muddled and felt long with two different stories told.

Early on there was Mr. Freeze and then Poison Ivy’s story. They eventually teamed up and took on the Bat-family.

The script’s cheesy one liners were paying homage to the Adam West series, but they didn’t go over well.

If you want to see a live-action Batgirl, she’s not in this movie — Silverstone was largely forgettable. Meanwhile, O’Connell, who reprised his role as Dick Grayson, couldn’t replicate his magic from the previous film. For what she was, Thurman’s Ivy wasn’t bad – though she wasn’t great either. When it comes to acting, this was Schwarzenegger at his best, believe or not.

The film was panned by critics as a cheesy, over the top gag — figuratively speaking. It also doesn’t help the film’s popularity when the man behind the mask trashes the film often.

Schumacher’s second attempt was worse than his first which is saying something. Batman & Robin was an easy decision as the worst of the ten Batman movies, so was the second film on our list…

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