With the release of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Part 2
imminent, I got to thinking about previous animated Batman films and decided to put together a list of what I think are the best. Honestly, they’ve all been relatively good, SCOOBY DOO MEETS BATMAN
excluded, so it was tough to rank 'em.
Don’t worry BOF’ers, SCOOBY DOO MEETS BATMAN isn't part of the mix -- it didn't meet my critera! Anyway…
My list includes Batman-centered films only – I didn’t include any movies that featured Batman and other superhero characters. Thus, BATMAN/SUPERMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES and JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISES ON TWO EARTHS, for example, were excluded.
So here you go folks, BOF’s list of the top eight animated Batman films of all time! Well, at least the top eight to date…
8) BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN
This one is the weakest of the lot, no doubt about it. Batman, Robin and Batwoman – Batwoman? – take on The Penguin and Bane. It’s alright I guess, but this is the only one that isn’t a “Must Have” on my list.
7) BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUBZERO
This should’ve been BATMAN AND ROBIN. In fact, this animated movie’s release was postponed by Warner Bros. because they knew it was better than that live-action garbage!
6) THE BATMAN VS. DRACULA
Overlooked and underrated. Yeah, it’s got a supernatural vibe with a vampire being the villain, but it’s still pretty darn good. If you never saw this one – maybe because you weren’t a fan of THE BATMAN animated series – you definitely need to pick it up. Talk about one dark version of The Joker…yikes!
5) BATMAN: YEAR ONE
BATMAN: YEAR ONE -- the graphic novel – is probably my favorite Batman comic book story of all time. The animated film version is good and very well done, but being a straight-up adaptation of the source material took away much of the “Wow!” factor.
So there you have it, #8 thru #5 of my list. In part 2, I rank 'em #4 up to #1. >>> CLICK HERE FOR PART 2!