From his birth, the fictitious character Batman, who features in American comic books published by DC Comics, has featured in a number of movies. The character was played by Bob Kane as well as Bill Finger inside the 1940s and initially appeared in two serial movies: Batman and Batman and Robin. The character also had an appearance within the 1966 movie Batman, which was a major movie version of a 1960s Batman television series featuring Adam West and Burt Ward. Starting well with the 1989 picture Batman, helmed by Tim Burton as well as featuring Michael Keaton, Warner Bros. started creating a series of feature films featuring Batman around the end of the 1980s.
Burton and Keaton reprised their roles in Batman Returns in 1992, and Joel Schumacher helmed Batman Forever in 1995, starring Val Kilmer as Batman. Schumacher also helmed the George Clooney-starrer Batman & Robin in 1997. Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were critically and popularly panned, resulting in the cancellation of Batman Unchained.
After the abandonment of two additional major films, the franchise was revived in 2005 by Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, featuring Christian Bale. With both the publication of The Dark Knight in 2008 as well as the Dark Knight Rises in 2012, Nolan returns to helm two additional episodes, with Bale making his return in both.
All these sequels grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming Batman the second movie series in history to still have two pictures grossing above $1 billion. The literary praise and economic success of Nolan’s movies have indeed been recognized with resurrecting the superhero’s mainstream appeal, well with the second sequel being regarded as one of several finest superhero movies ever made.
Ben Affleck got selected to play Batman inside the DC Extended Universe when Warner Bros. announced their unique common cinematic universe known as that of the DC Extended Universe in 2013, well with Zack Snyder-directed blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuting in 2016.
This movie would kick off such a series of DC Comics adaptations, notably Justice League as well as Zack Snyder’s Justice League crossover movie with these other DC Comics characters, as well as Matt Reeves’ stand-alone feature The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson. In the upcoming DCEU movie The Flash stars Affleck and Keaton would play their parts as Batman (2022).
There at the international box office, the franchise has earned approximately $4.99 billion, putting this the tenth highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. Batman also has starred in a number of animated movies, mostly as a lead role and also as a member of an ensemble cast.