Which directors truly succeeded with Batman on the big screen, and which ones fell a little short in bringing their Gothic visions to life?
It simply doesn’t get any bigger than Batman when it comes to the big screen. DC’s dear Dark Knight is undoubtedly the most famous of movie’s many superheroes, headlining over 10 theatrical movies, with plenty more to come (including two separate standalones on the horizon).
Every comic book fan has their own definitive Caped Crusader that they grew up watching on the silver screen. Whether that was the classic Batman: The Movie in 1966, the game-changing 1989 Batman, or the legendary Dark Knight Trilogy of the 2000s, the Caped Crusader has been an ever-present constant of cinema.
Each of the directors behind all of those respective installments in the saga had their own vision. Some of those visions were far more enthralling than others, but each one of them are part of the legacy of the Bat, and they all played an important role in shaping what each chapter of that legacy would look like.
With that in mind, let’s dive into the Bat archives and rank each of the Dark six Knight’s movie directors from worst to best, looking at what their offerings to the Bat saga got right (or wrong).
Which Bat director was the best?