1. The Dark Knight (2008)

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight 2008

Sequel to: Batman Begins (2005)

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy remains one of the most popular iterations of Batman to date. It started in 2005 with Batman Begins, an origin story that introduced Christian Bale’s grounded take on the dual character of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Following Batman’s attempts to save Gotham from Scarecrow and Ra’s al Ghul, Batman Begins served as an excellent introduction to Nolan’s realistic spin on the iconic vigilante.

2008 saw the trilogy continue with The Dark Knight, a tightly-paced crime thriller that introduced Heath Ledger’s Joker and Aaron Eckhart’s Two-Face into Nolan’s version of the Batman mythos. Though Batman Begins was a good start, The Dark Knight was a truly exceptional feat of filmmaking, effortlessly blending genres in a film that featured one of the best movie villains ever to grace the screen. In almost every imaginable way, The Dark Knight surpassed Batman Begins, by merit of the fact that it was an absolutely outstanding movie.

The Dark Knight took Batman’s story to the natural progression of Batman Begins‘ narrative, with the vigilante coming to understand what his crusade really means to the people of Gotham and the various ways in which he can help the city. It’s a film that was brilliantly written, acted, and directed, and continues to stand out as one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. The Dark Knight is an excellent sequel because it’s an excellent movie in its own right, and it improves upon Batman Begins in practically every way.

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