Anchored by Heath Ledger's manic performance as Joker, The Dark Knight is the blockbuster to end all superhero blockbusters.
Christian Bale's casting as a darker, more dangerous Caped Crusader is a franchise turning point in this, the ultimate origin story.
Tim Burton's Gotham City is a dark Art Deco masterpiece and contains the franchise's best villain: Jack Nicholson's Joker.
No superhero flick has a better collection of villains: Michelle Pfeiffer's feminist Catwoman and Danny DeVito's tragic Penguin.
There's something charming about the neon sets, the cackling villains, and Adam West's outlandish arsenal.
This Gotham City is bright -- Vegas bright -- but features the most over-the-top villains (Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones) since the TV series.
Often maligned, Batman & Robin features the coolest Batman yet (George Clooney) and many memorable puns from Arnold Schwarzenegger.