Top 5 Batman Movies to Watch on DC Universe

If you are like the millions of other people around the world that have taken part in the #StayAtHome campaign in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, this is the list for you.

All the films in this list are available on DC Universe, DC’s subscription streaming service platform that brings together DC comics, movies, and TV shows – including new, original live-action and animated shows – all on one platform.

Users are able to stream the content directly to their phone, tablet, laptop or TV, and the platform is a one-stop-shop for all things DC.

Being a huge fan of Batman for as long as I can remember, here are the Top 5 Batman movies you must watch on DC Universe (please note: these are in no particular order).

Batman Ninja (2018)

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This was one of those films I never thought I’d get into because of the heavily stylized anime. But let me tell you, this is probably one of my favorites to watch. In the film, Batman is sent back in time to feudal Japan where he has to fight all his major rogues to save the timeline and get back to Gotham. I loved the concept of this film and it’s definitely worth a watch for any Batman fan.

Batman vs. Robin (2015)

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If you are a fan of Scott Snyder’s Court of Owls arc in the comics like I am, this is the film for you! The films take major inspiration from the Court of Owls! In this animated movie, the Court of Owls takes Robin (Damian Wayne) under its wing in an effort to overthrow Gotham, pitting son against father.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)

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Sure, this isn’t 100% like the comic book version, but this is a very fun film. I’ve always liked the thought of Batman in an alternate timeline and this film delivers it. In this film, The Dark Knight has to hunt down the infamous Jack the Ripper.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012 & 2013)

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This is classic, simply put. This film adapts the classic 1986 DC Comics ground-breaking miniseries of the same name by Frank Miller basically frame by frame. Zack Snyder got a lot of his inspiration for Batman v Superman from this miniseries. As an added bonus, the film was directed by Jay Oliva, who worked as a storyboard artist on the 2017 Justice League movie, and (as you can assume) has been very vocal on the Release the Snyder Cut.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

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To me, this is my childhood and thus, my favorite Batman animated film. The Batman Animated Series revolutionized superhero TV shows and introduced an entirely new generation to Batman. In Mask of the Phantasm, Batman confronts his past as he hunts down a new killer vigilante in Gotham City.

During this time of uncertainty with everything going on due to the Coronavirus, I want you all to know we will continue pushing out content on our podcast! Starting Saturday, we will begin a series where we take deep-dives into Batman animated films and their comic book counterparts, much like we did in episode 3 when we talked all things Batman: Hush. Listeners loved that episode, and so we are giving you what you want!

Let me know if you have any other Batman favorites that are currently streaming on DC Universe by leaving a comment below!

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Pedro Heizer

The founder and host of the Comic Misfits podcast, Pedro is a huge comic book fan that believes all fans should have a seat at the geekdom table, not just the ones who have been here for a long time. Comic Misfits is a website, and podcast where fans from all walks of the fandom can feel comfortable talking and learning about their favorite characters and even learning a thing or two about a new character!

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