The Batman movie franchise has been one of the most successful in history, and is based upon a comic series of a superhero Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The first film was created in the 1940s, and the most recent film – Justice League – was released in 2017. The next edition in the series which is currently untitled is underway.

Since 1989, these movies have been under the Warner Bros banner. The premise of the story is that in Batman’s childhood (his name was Bruce Wayne as a child) he witnessed the murder of his parents by a mugger in the city of Gotham in America. He then develops superhero status and makes a life mission of protecting the city of Gotham.

Batman drives his fictional car the ‘Batmobile’. It is a normal red car that lives within the Bat Cave but is actually an important weapon in the fight against crime. It possesses much armoury and is a mobile crime lab and as time has moved on since the original movies, so too has the Batmobile evolved.

A key character of any Batman story is The Joker. The Joker is the villain of the story, and also superhuman who operates in the underworld. The role within The Dark Night film belonged to Australian actor Heath Ledger, who sadly passed away during filming. Heath Ledger brought a new level of darkness to the role, and his passing during filming created many challenges to Directors. The role won him a posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor.

Ben Affleck has been cast in the lead role of the two most recent Batman movies Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as Suicide Squad. He is rumoured to be starring in the next movie which is expected to premiere sometime in 2019.

The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises,have both grossed over $1 billion and have been the highest earning Batman movies. Many famous actors have graced the screens in a Batman franchise movie. They include Ben Affleck (most recent), Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, and Michael Caine.

There are so many Batman movies to choose from, dating right back to the 1940s. With so much to catch up on, find your pick at the free-to-watch website

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