Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Top 5… Batman Films

In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Batman movies!


Close but no cigar: Batman, Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, The Dark Knight Rises

5 – Batman: The Movie
Camp? Yes.  Hysterical? Hell yes. Adam West delivers the most fun Batman ever with a host of villains and some nutty moments from running with the bomb to Bat Shark repellent.  It’s genius.

4 – Batman Begins
Christopher Nolan set out a new generation of Batman films with his darkly grounded noir take on Batman’s origin.  It’s totally different from everything that came before and delivered a Batman we hadn’t yet seen on screen.

3 – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
The best animated Batman film, Mask of The Phantasm sees Batman as detective in a spin off from the insanely great Batman Animated TV show.

2 – Batman Returns
Imagine the pitch… Burger King sit down to look at Batman Returns in all it’s glory to plan their multi-million dollar tie ins and instead of a sequel to the original Batman they get a darkly gothic german expressionism masterpiece that is about the most unsettling film to sit a kid down infant of ever.

1 – The Dark Knight
Yup.  My favourite film of the 00’s and one of THE best superhero films ever, The Dark Knight has compelling action, the best onscreen Joker and a driving narrative that keep the pace up despite the run time.  Oh and it looks amazing. 



Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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