Batman was actually first given the “film” treatment as far back as the 1940’s. 1943 and 1949 both saw 15-chapter film serials released starring the Dark Knight and then, in 1966, Adam West reprised his role from the joyfully camp television series for the first theatrically released Batmovie. Popular as it was, it would then be more than twenty years before another was released.
1989 brought the first of Tim Burton’s two Batman movies – and the first of those that most people are familiar with today. Batman Returns followed it in 1992, with Joel Schumacher taking over directorial duties in 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman and Robin. Eight years later Batman Begins, the first of Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Dark Knight Trilogy, was released, with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises following in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Though Batman V Superman isn’t due for release for another year, the powers that be aren’t waiting around to start planning a new solo effort for the Caped Crusader – it’s sounding like a standalone Batman movie from the DCCU will come out in 2018, simply titled The Batman, and directed by Ben Affleck.
With that, the good folks at the online art magazine MVOD have decided to put together this chronological supercut of Batman’s 70-year evolution on the big and small screens. This is a visual tribute that’s cut to —what else— Hans Zimmer’s iconic, bombastic score from The Dark Knight Trilogy.
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