Movies to Watch Before The Batman 2022

With the most anticipated superhero, The Batman just around the corner, people are now asking, "What Movies to Watch Before The Batman?".

Let’s set the record straight. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Reeves, the director of The Batman, stated that he intends to bring his own unique view of Batman’s character to the film. However, he did not confirm or deny The Batman’s inclusion in the DC Extended Universe. Therefore, it is not really necessary to ask the question, “What Movies to watch before The Batman?”. But!


Is The Batman in the DCEU? Matt responds

Is the Batman part of the DCEU

Matt Reeves commented, “When they (Studios) approached me, what they said was look, it’s standalone. This isn’t part of the Extended Universe”.  Now you know. This statement by itself takes Batman out of the DCEU. As in, you don’t need to see any other DCEU movies to enjoy The Batman Movie. If you’re a fan of Batman, you’ve already got a good reason to see this movie.  BUT… there’s a catch!

Read: The Batman (2022) Movie Quick Review


Will The Batman Be Part Of The DCEU?

While Matt Reeves has said The Batman isn’t part of the DC Extended Universe, that doesn’t mean it won’t be in the future. You never really know what these corporate studios are going to do in the future as they tend to get sucked into the financial side of things, and I would not be surprised if they eventually include The Batman in DCEU.  All that being said, there’s a possibility that Robert Pattinson’s Batman might have a part to play in future DCEU films, as Pattinson himself expressed that he has ideas about where his character would go if any plans to include his character in future installments. Further, he says, “I’ve made a kind of map for where Bruce’s psychology would grow over two more movies, I would love to do it.”

Contrary to that, The Batman Producer Dylan Clark told Empire (via Slashfilm) that there is no connection between this new film and The Flash at all. He also added “Warner Bros. has a multiverse where they’re exploring different ways to use the character. We don’t get involved in that. Matt is interested in pushing this character to his emotional depths and shaking him to his core”.

After listening to what Pattinson and Dylan Clark both said, the prospect of Robert’s Batman being in future DCEU installments is in the grey area, which makes it fair to watch the DC movies from the beginning and explore what each character is up to.

Currently, an HBO Max Gotham spin-off series is in development that features the Penguin character and could take place before the events of Batman.


DC Extended Universe Films in Release Order :

Will The Batman Be Part Of The DCEU

For now, here is the list of movies in the DC universe that you might enjoy:

  • Man of Steel (2013)
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Features Batman
  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Features Batman
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • Joss Whedon’s Justice League (2017) – Features Batman
  • Aquaman (2018)
  • Shazam! (2019)
  • Joker (2019) [non-canon] – Batman’s Adversary
  • Birds of Prey (2020)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) [enhanced] [non-canon] – Features Batman
  • The Suicide Squad (2021)

Read more: What is Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Everything you need to know


The Batman Movies & Shows In Chronological Order :

If you’re only interested in the Batman franchise, there is a large selection of content you can watch, starting with the Animated Batman Franchise / DC Animated Universe:

Batman Animated Franchise

  • Batman: The Animated Series ( 1992-1995)
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
  • The New Batman Adventures (1997-1997) [Continuation of Batman: The Animated Series]
  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
  • Batman Beyond (1999-2001)
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
  • Batman and Harley Quinn (2016) [ not necessarily part of DC Animated Universe]


Or, you can also go to Gotham city to witness Batman’s struggle for justice by beginning your venture with:  LIVE-ACTION

The Batman Movies In Chronological Order

  • Batman (1989)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Batman Forever (1995)
  • Batman and Robin (1997)

Or, you may choose to watch Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which is considered to be the definitive portrayal of Live-Action Batman in the Batman franchise. Those are masterpieces that you don’t want to miss:   (Must Watch)

Christopher Nolan's Batman

  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

In the event that you can’t watch all DC movies, at least watch Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, it is regarded as one of the best movie trilogies of all time.


Movies like The Batman (2022) :

Matt Reeves revealed that his film was largely influenced by David Fincher’s classics: Se7en and Zodiac. Upon watching the film, what he was telling was indeed true. I can see clearly the influence of Se7en and Zodiac, and also reminded me of some other movies.

  • Se7en
  • Zodiac
  • Prisoners
  • Memories of Murder
  • The Departed
  • Taxi Driver
  • Blade Runner
  • The Silence of The Lambs


As a viewer, if you’ve seen all of the above movies. Now, you can enjoy The Batman and as much as possible, I encourage you to watch the film on a big screen available at your home.

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