What are the best Batman animated movies?

The Caped Crusader needs no introduction and there have been various adaptations of this icon hero have been done throughout the years, both on the big screen and on television. The same goes for animated movies so here are the best Batman animated movies that every fan should see.

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    #1Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Batman: Under the Red Hood is a Batman animated movie released in 2010. The Dark Knight will have to face his ultimate challenge when the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm who aims to clean up Gotham City but does not follow his moral code.

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    Justin Greene
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "The best batman movie hands down in my personal opinion that was ever animated. It's really good and I do think it's worth checking out especially for kids. "
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    #2Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 is an animated movie set 10 years after Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, he must return in a blaze of glory.

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    Christian Thomas
    Written on June 3, 2018
    "Ok, Batman is a franchise that has spun numerous animated and non-animated stories through the years, but if one were to go to the roots of the Batman franchise, the animated series, adapted from comics, gets one as close to the real thing as it gets. This story of Batman returning after retiring is filled with the usual Batman heroics and is very entertaining. Recommend if you are a fan, or even if you're not."
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    #3The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

    The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2

    In The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2, Batman and Robin have reclaimed Gotham City. Now the aging Dark Knight wages a tireless war against crime while proving that courage and will are indeed timeless.

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    Timothy Chen
    Written on August 12, 2019
    "To me, this was a better and more dynamic adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns comics than part 1 which served as more of a warm-up rather than getting deep into the story. Regardless, both were great and deserves a watch from any fan."

DID YOU KNOW?

Adventure Comics is one of the longest-running comic series of all time? It's the evolution of New Comics and it ran for almost 50 years publishing 503 issues in total. Detective Comics would join these two series that made up National Allied Publications. It's a company founded by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. The Detective Comics series would mark an important milestone for the publishing company. It is the series where Batman would first appear back in May 1939. Due to financial issues, Wheeler-Nicholson had to seek the help of a fellow enthusiast. That person was Harry Donenfield and ended up in a partnership between the two. It would also result in the founding of Detective Comics Inc. and the eventual acquisition of National Allied Publications.

The company would release its fourth series called Action Comics. It is where one of the most iconic superheroes ever would first appear, Superman. It was also the time that Detective Comics Inc. would become known as DC Comics. The following decades would see the introduction of other iconic superheroes. Superheroes that defined the DC Universe and would carry it forward. Heroes like Wonder Woman, The Flash, Captain Marvel, and the Green Lantern. By that point, DC Comics has built a nice roster of comic book superheroes. There's nothing quite like its first two superheroes though. Batman's story has seen various adaptations from graphic novels to big Hollywood movies. Batman animated movies have also seen a rise in popularity and quality. Then, there's the Man of Steel which is a different beast altogether. Despite their differences, they work well together to thwart the bad guys. You'll see these two working together on various comic book stories. They're not called "world's finest" for nothing after all.

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    #4Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm animated movie, the legend continues as Batman faces his most difficult battle, as well as his confrontation with a mysterious killer who holds the key to Batman's secret past.

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    Austin Long
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "The best Batman animated movie is Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The story centers around his confrontation with a mysterious killer, who holds the key to Batman's secret past. It is one of the best yet also most under-appreciated films in the franchise. It's dark, serious, and stylish with a tight story. "
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    #5The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest

    The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest

    In The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, The Joker strikes a deal with Lex Luthor to kill Superman. The World's Finest team up to thwart the villains by night while Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent clash over the attention of Lois Lane.

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    Jesse Hawkins
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "I really like this movie. I thought it did a good job of mixing Batman and Spiderman together in an animated world. The story was able to keep me interesting to the end. Something I can't say about other animated movies in the past. I think this was written by the well-known Alan Burnett, just in case that might matter to anyone (as it should). I recommend this movie to any fan of this genre."
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    #6Batman Ninja

    Batman Ninja

    Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal Japan - along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies.

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    Echo Xia
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "This film blew me away. I loved the Joker and I loved the animation."
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    #7Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is an animated movie released in 2018. It's a re-imagination of Batman in the Victorian era, who scours the dark streets of Gotham City to find the elusive and infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.

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    Willie Williams
    Written on August 12, 2019
    "This Batman animated movie had very little source material to work with and is a fine example of how flexible the mythos of the dark knight can really when its producers are given all creative liberties that they can."
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    #8Batman vs Robin

    Batman vs Robin

    Batman vs Robin is a 2015 animated Batman movie directed by Jay Oliva. While Damian Wayne struggles to cope with Batman's no-killing rule, he soon starts to believe that his destiny lies within a secret society known as, The Court of Owls.

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    Hu Sun
    Written on September 17, 2019
    "Having been raised by the League of Assassins, it's understandable that Damian would have issues with the whole no killing rule. This results in a conflict between father and son and an awesome watch."
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    #9Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a DC animated movie released in 2009. When Lex Luthor gets elected US President, he uses the threat of an oncoming kryptonite meteor striking Earth as a rationale to frame Superman.

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    Yuan Li
    Written on August 12, 2019
    "It's really something cool to see Batman and Superman work together. It gives viewers an interesting view of the contrast between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel and insight into their persona and humanity."
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    #10Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is an animated movie released in 2000. The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham's newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham's most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.

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    Jeremy Cruz
    Written on August 12, 2019
    "Making a series introducing a new, younger Batman, set in the future was a big gamble that paid off and is as much a cult classic as the original series. This movie is just as great seeing the return of the joker. Along with old Bruce Wayne and Terry McGuiness, makes for a fun, action-packed movie."
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    #11Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke is a 2016 DC animated movie directed by Sam Liu. As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

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    Alexander Mills
    Written on September 17, 2019
    "This is one of the best Batman animated movies to see that takes an in-depth dive into the psyche of the Joker. The start is a little slow but don't let that detract you from enjoying this film."
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    #12Batman: Bad Blood

    Batman: Bad Blood

    Batman: Bad Blood is a 2016 animated movie by DC and directed by Jay Oliva. Bruce Wayne is missing. Alfred covers for him while Nightwing and Robin patrol Gotham City in his stead. And a new player, Batwoman, investigates Batman's disappearance.

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    Lee Mao
    Written on September 17, 2019
    "The art is superb as was the acting but the story felt a little messy. It was cool to see so many characters in one place but I think they could have been handled better."
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    #13Batman: Hush

    Batman: Hush

    Batman: Hush is 2019 DC animated Batman film that was directed by Justin Copeland. It is an adaptation of the Batman storyline of the same name that was written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee.

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    Zachary Duncan
    Written on September 17, 2019
    "This latest Batman animated movie was full of action with great art and animation to go along with it. Some would point out the changes that were made at the end but it was still a great movie in spite of it."
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    #14Son of Batman

    Son of Batman

    Son of Batman is a 2014 DC Batman animated film that was directed by Ethan Spaulding. Batman learns that he has a son who is the grandchild of Ra's Al Ghul, he takes the boy under his wing, hoping to change him from the assassin he was being groomed to be.

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    George Wagner
    Written on September 17, 2019
    "Yes, it is about Batman having a son but it is really more about someone new taking on the Robin mantle and training under Batman's wing. Throw in Deathstroke and you have a nice action-filled Batman movie."
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    #15Batman: Year One

    Batman: Year One

    Batman: Year One is an animated movie released in 2011. This origin story of sorts presents a bold and dynamic vision of the Dark Knight's first year in action and the start of his enduring friendship with Jim Gordon.

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    Samuel Kelley
    Written on August 12, 2019
    "Many fans consider Frank Miller's Batman: Year One as the definitive origin story of the dark knight and I would have to agree. It really gives viewers the story of how it all began. One of the best Batman animated movies that everyone should see."

Summary

Best What are the best Batman animated movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Batman: Under the Red HoodMovies 8 Paid
2Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1Movies 8 Paid
3The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2Movies 7 Paid
4Batman: Mask of the PhantasmMovies 7 Paid
5The Batman Superman Movie: World's FinestMovies 1 Paid
6Batman NinjaMovies 0 Paid
7Batman: Gotham by GaslightMovies 0 Paid
8Batman vs RobinMovies 0 Paid
9Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesMovies 0 Paid
10Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerMovies 0 Paid
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