Batman Comics

So, here’s a little bat-tidbit for you all. 

Batman’s first solo gig was between issues 38 and 39 of Detective Comics. 

Since then, Detective Comics and Batman Comics have been like partners in crime-fighting, making the whole “in what order do I read these?” question a real head-scratcher! 

But no worries, I’ve got your back! 

I will do my best to lay out these (oh, and let’s not forget World’s Finest) in an order where the first time a character swings into the scene is their actual debut.

Archive Editions

Hold onto your capes… each of the Batman Archives packs in around 16-20 issues of Detective Comics. 

But here’s the catch — Detective Comics wasn’t always a Batman-only zone. 

Batman made his grand entrance in issue #27, and each issue typically featured four tales, with just one being about our caped crusader. 

These Batman-centric stories have been gathered in the archives, making up a quarter of each issue.

Similarly, each volume of the Dark Knight Archives holds just four issues of Batman’s inaugural solo comic. 

But get this — each of those issues is brimming with four Batman tales, giving us a grand total of 16 stories per volume, which aligns with the size of the Batman Archives. Cool, right?

Batman Archives – Volume 1 
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger (Hardcover)

Batman: The Dark Knight Archives – Volume 1 
by Bob Kane et al. (Hardcover)

Batman: The Dark Knight Archives – Volume 2 
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger

Batman Archives – Volume 2 
by Bob Kane (Hardcover)

Batman: The Dark Knight Archives – Volume 3 
by Bob Kane et al. (Hardcover)

Batman: World’s Finest Archives – Volume 1 
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, et al. (Hardcover)

Batman: The Dark Knight Archives – Volume 4 
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Don Cameron (Hardcover)

Batman: The Dark Knight Archives – Volume 5 
by Don Cameron, Bill Finger, Joe Samachson, Joe Greene (Hardcover)

Batman Archives – Volume 3 
by Bob Kane (Hardcover)

Batman Archives – Volume 4 
by Bob Kane et al. (Hardcover)

Batman Archives – Volume 5 
by Bob Kane, Alvin Schwartz, Don Cameron, Bill Finger (Hardcover)

Batman Archives – Volume 6 
by Bob Kane, Don Cameron, et al (Hardcover)

Batman: World’s Finest Archives – Volume 2 
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, et al. (Hardcover)

Kicking off with Batman Archives Volume 1, we’ve got a real treasure trove – it brings together Detective Comics #27-50. 

This is where we first bump into Batman, Robin, Jim Gordon, Hugo Strange, and Clayface and get the first scoop on Batman’s Origin. 

Moving over to the first volume of Dark Knight Archives, it rounds up Batman #1-4. And guess what? This is where we make our acquaintance with both the Joker and Catwoman!

Next up, Batman Archives Volume 2 doesn’t skimp on the goods, assembling Detective Comics #51-70 and giving us the debut of the Penguin and Two-Face. 

Over in the first volume of World’s Finest, we’re treated to Batman tales from the inaugural sixteen issues of World’s Finest Comics, marking the Scarecrow’s grand entrance.

Here’s a fun fact – Alfred makes his debut in the fourth volume of Dark Knight Archives, but would you believe he was first called Beagle, not Pennyworth? 

Crazy, right?

Fast-forward to Dark Knight Archives Volume 5, collecting Batman #17-20, and we have another meeting with the Penguin. 

Batman Archives Volume 3, bringing together Detective Comics #71-86, introduces us to the dynamic duo of Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Keeping the momentum, Batman Archives Volume 4 covers Detective Comics #87-102, with Volume 5 trailing from 103-119. 

And rounding things up, Volume 6 concludes with issues 120-135. 

Lastly, the second helping of Batman stories from World’s Finest features issues #17-32, neatly aligning with the release dates of the previous Batman Archives volumes. 

What a ride…


World’s Finest Archives – Volume 1 
by Bill Finger et al. (Hardcover)

World’s Finest Archives – Volume 2 (Hardcover)

World’s Finest Archives – Volume 3 
by Bill Finger, Jerry Coleman, et al. (Hardcover)


It was quite the wait until around issue 71 of World’s Finest, which had long been a haven for both Batman and Superman tales, finally delivered a story featuring both Superman and Batman. 

And what a moment that was! These three volumes round up 116 of those epic stories. 

We’re talking a star-studded lineup, including Batwoman, a legendary team-up between Lex Luthor and the Joker, and even a quirky collaboration between Bat-Mite and Mxyzptlk! 

Quite the collection.

Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives – Volume 1 
by Gardner Fox, John Broome (Hardcover)

Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives – Volume 2 
by Gardner Fox, Ed Herron, Bill Finger (Hardcover)


Leaping forward to the Silver Age, The Dynamic Duo Archives opens a new chapter with Detective Comics #327-333 and Batman 164-167. 

This shift in eras brought us some significant changes, including the heartbreaking loss of Alfred and a refreshing revamp of Batman’s look—say hello to the friendlier yellow chest logo!

Moving on to Volume Two, it showcases Detective Comics #334-339 and Batman #168-171. 

During this span, the Batman logo undergoes another transformation, and guess who’s back? 

That’s right, the Riddler and the Penguin make their grand return. Quite the era of change and excitement, huh?

Other Early Collections

Batman Chronicles – Volume 1
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox

Batman Chronicles – Volume 2
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger

Batman Chronicles – Volume 3
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger

Dipping into the Chronicles provides a wallet-friendly alternative to the Archives. 

The aim is to offer a comprehensive, in-order (by publication date, mind you) reprint of every issue across the various Batman titles. 

The first volume covers Detective Comics #27-37 and Batman #1. 

Next in line, Volume Two houses Detective Comics #39-45, Batman #2-3, and a little gem – New York World’s Fair Comics #2. 

Rolling on, Volume Three wraps Detective #46-50 and Batman #4-5.

If you’re patient and hopeful, wait for these to drop and hold off on other purchases. 

But let’s be honest, that’s a daring strategy given the rich history packed in these pages. 

Best of luck if you decide to roll with that plan – you’re in for quite the journey!

Batman: The Dailies – Volume 1
by Bob Kane (Hardcover)

Batman: The Dailies – Volume 2
by Bob Kane

Batman: The Dailies – Volume 3
by Bob Kane

Batman: The Sunday Classics
by Bob Kane (Hardcover)

The Dailies brings together the monochromatic newspaper serials penned by Bob Kane from the year 1943-1946. 

Alongside, The Sunday Classics presents the vibrant Sunday strips hailing from that identical era. 

And for those who fancy an anthology, the slipcase hardcover amalgamates all three volumes of Dailies into a single book. 

That’s a compilation, right?

Batman in the Forties 
by Bill Finger, Jack Schiff, et al.

Batman in the Fifties 
by Bill Finger, Joe Samachson, Edmond Hamilton, et al.

Batman in the Sixties

Batman in the Seventies

Batman in the Eighties by Len Wein, Doug Moench, Mike Barr, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, Barbara Randall, Alan Brennert*

These collections, sprawling across decades, are your go-to for soaking up Pre-Crisis Batman tales. 

Starting with The Forties, we witness Batman’s debut in Detective Comics #27 and the grand entrances of Robin, the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, and the Mad Hatter. 

Moving into The Fifties, the Dynamic Duo expands with the addition of Batwoman, Bat-Mite (Batman’s counter to Mxyzptlk), and Ace the Bat-Hound.

Rolling into The Sixties, with a cool intro by Adam West, we dive into more escapades with Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Bat-Mite, facing off against the likes of the Joker, Clayface, Poison Ivy, and Blockbuster. 

As we step into The Seventies, things take a darker turn. We start exploring the grittier side of the Dark Knight, meeting the pre-crisis Huntress and Ra’s al Ghul.

Transitioning into The Eighties, we witness Dick Grayson morphing into Nightwing and the birth of Batman and the Outsiders, with Batgirl, the Joker, Penguin, and the Scarecrow guest appearances. 

Fun fact: The Eighties does throw in some Post-Crisis stories, but nothing that disrupts the flow if read independently. 

A historical journey through Gotham…

The Original Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes – Volume 1: Batman 
by Michael Fleischer

First hitting the shelves in 1976, this book is a treasure trove of all things Batman. 

It’s packed to the brim with every detail and tidbit you could ever wish to know about the caped crusader and his thrilling adventures, spanning from the 30s all the way to the 70s. 

A real deep dive into Batman’s past!

Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams – Volume 1 
by Bob Haney et al. (Hardcover)

Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams – Volume 2 
by Dennis O’Neil, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, et al. (Hardcover)

Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams – Volume 3 
by Dennis O’Neil, Bob Haney, Len Wein, et al. (Hardcover)

Neil Adams holds a historic spot as the artist who’s had the most significant impact on the look and style of Batman comics. 

His journey began with Batman #200 and continued all the way to his final issue, #251. 

The work showcased in these volumes covers a range of titles—Batman, Detective Comics, The Brave and the Bold, and World’s Finest. 

Plus, you’ll notice some tweaks and re-coloring, all done by Neil Adams himself. 

Just a heads-up… these collections strictly feature the issues where Adams took the artistic reins, so you might encounter some story arcs that aren’t fully fleshed out.


Batman: Tales of the Demon
by Dennis O’Neil

This collection takes us back to the earlier days, featuring stories penned by Dennis O’Neil, revolving around one of the Dark Knight’s most formidable adversaries, Ra’s al Ghul, also known as the Demon’s Head. 

An intense face-off!

Batman: Strange Apparitions 
by Steve Englehart, Len Wein

Batman: Dark Detective 
by Steve Englehart

Regarded by many as the quintessential pre-crisis Batman, the “Strange Apparitions” book was a significant muse for the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman, shaping much of the contemporary Batman mythos. 

This collection takes us on a journey through tales involving the Joker, Clayface, Hugo Strange, and the Penguin. 

Plus, it dives into Bruce Wayne’s entanglement with Silver St. Cloud and her uncovering of his shadowy secret.

These stories hail from the seventies, so if you’re flipping through the decade books I mentioned earlier, you should slot this one between the Seventies and the Eighties. 

Fun fact: Englehart and the creative minds behind “Strange Apparitions” reunited in 2006 for the mini-series “Dark Detective,” where we see the Joker running for mayor with the catchphrase “Vote for me or I’ll kill you!” and witness the return of Silver St. Cloud. 

Slotting this book into the timeline is tricky since it doesn’t quite gel with the modern continuity, so I’ve opted to nestle it here alongside this team’s earlier creations.

Crisis on Infinite Earths 
by Marv Wolfman (Hardcover, Absolute Edition)

History of the DC Universe 
by Marv Wolfman

The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” marked the end of the Multiverse and birthed a streamlined DC Universe. 

For any DC enthusiast, the Absolute Edition is another treasure trove, packed with additional insights and fascinating tidbits – a highly recommended grab! 

But here’s the thing: the Crisis doesn’t play a colossal role in Batman’s history, aside from paving the way for Frank Miller’s reboot and the ensuing “Infinite Crisis,” where Batman steps into a much more central role. 

“History of the DC Universe,” initially envisioned as the 11th and 12th issues of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” sets the stage for the Post-Crisis DC continuity.

A New Beginning, a Darker Knight

Batman: Year One 
by Frank Miller (Deluxe, Deluxe Hardcover, Leatherbound)

Catwoman: Her Sister’s Keeper 
by Mindy Newell

Post-Crisis, the reins to recreate Batman’s origin story was handed to Frank Miller, and, trust me, he nailed it with “Year One.” 

It’s quintessential Batman, no questions asked! 

This masterpiece and “The Long Halloween” fueled much of the “Batman Returns” movie. 

Now, the leatherbound edition isn’t just “Year One;” it bundles in “The Dark Knight Returns” and another Frank Miller tale, “Santa Claus: Wanted Dead or Alive.” 

While I’m not big on throwing in spin-off titles, I reckon “Her Sister’s Keeper” deserves a shoutout. 

It sketches out Catwoman’s post-Crisis origin, weaving a narrative that intertwines and shares multiple scenes with “Batman: Year One.”

Batman: Shaman
by Dennis O’Neil

Batman: Prey
by Doug Meonch

Batman: Gothic
by Grant Morrison

Batman: Venom
by Dennis O’Neil

Sorting out collections from “Legends of the Dark Knight” can be tricky, as they usually don’t align with the continuity of their release period. 

Instead, they kind of rewind to earlier chapters in Batman’s journey. I’ll try to line them up as logically as possible. 

The four I’m mentioning here are meant to unfold around the “Year One” timeline and can be seen as running parallel to it. 

“Shaman” kicks off even before Bruce Wayne steps into the Bat shoes, featuring his rescue by an Alaskan Shaman who spins tales of the Bat. 

“Prey” rolls out the intro of the Batmobile and the Bat-signal, offering a fresh, in-continuity introduction to Hugo Strange. 

In “Gothic,” Batman grapples with chilling childhood nightmares of a sadistic headmaster while striving to thwart Mr. Whisper from unleashing a deadly plague on Gotham. 

“Venom” stands out as it lays the groundwork for Bane’s origin. 

It shows Batman resorting to a novel performance-enhancing drug in his crime-fighting endeavors.

Batman: Year Two – Fear the Reaper 
by Mike Barr

Batman and the Monster Men 
by Matt Wagner

Batman and the Mad Monk 
by Matt Wagner

Batman: Snow
by Dan Curtis Johnson, J.H. Williams III

“Year Two” builds on “Year One,” giving us another look at Batman’s roots and notably bringing back Batman’s yellow chest logo. 

But what grabs attention here isn’t the color of his suit – it’s the tale of Joe Chill, who offed Bruce Wayne’s folks. 

Also set in Batman’s second year but written way later, “Batman and the Monster Men” revisits the Dark Knight’s initial clashes with super-powered baddies. 

“The Mad Monk” is Wagner’s follow-up to “Monster Men,” zeroing in on this particular nemesis. 

“Snow” unfolds Mr. Freeze’s origin from a fresh angle, painting it as a family tragedy that sparks a villain’s obsession, and the task force Batman assembles to hunt him down.

Batman: Four of a Kind

“Four of a Kind” emerges as a puzzle, nestling within the folds of the timeline with ambiguity. 

Encompassing the origin tales of an illustrious quartet – Scarecrow, the Riddler, Man-Bat, and Poison Ivy, this collection stems from DC’s Year One annual event circa 1995. 

A homage to Miller’s illustrious “Year One,” these narratives don’t strictly adhere to the same temporal fabric. 

Their placement here is an exercise in discernment, a fitting alcove in the absence of a more harmonious niche.

Batman: The Long Halloween 
by Jeph Loeb (Absolute)

Batman: Dark Victory 
by Jeph Loeb

In the engaging narrative of Loeb’s “Long Halloween,” Batman joins forces with D.A. Harvey Dent and Lt. James Gordon, embarking on a relentless pursuit of a mysterious killer with a penchant for holiday murders. 

It’s said that “The Long Halloween” laid the substantial groundwork for “Batman Begins.” 

Progressing to the sequel, “Dark Victory,” the Dark Knight collaborates again with Harvey Dent and James Gordon, introducing Robin as a fresh sidekick as they confront a new ensemble of adversaries – Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker.

Batman: Faces
by Matt Wagner

Batman: Terror
by Doug Moench

Rolling out two additional “Legends of the Dark Knight” compilations, spotlighting Two-Face, and giving the stage to the Scarecrow. 

Both narratives are set around the timeline of Batman’s intriguing third year.

Batman: Rules of Engagement
by Andy Diggle

“Rules of Engagement” bundles up the inaugural story arc from the refreshed “Batman Confidential” series, offering yet another glimpse into the dawn of Batman’s vigilante career. 

This narrative peeks into some of Lex Luthor’s initial moves against our caped crusader, his team, and their costumed counterparts.

Batman: Fortunate Son 
by Gerard Jones (Hardcover)

Penned well after Dick Grayson’s ascension to Nightwing, this narrative is set during his tenure as the Boy Wonder. 

The plot centers around a generational divide, wherein Batman suspects a rising rock star manipulating his adolescent fans into a life of crime. 

Contrarily, Robin remains steadfast, asserting the innocence of his idol. 

Together, they must navigate their differing viewpoints and unravel the truth behind the mystery.

Batman: The Killing Joke 
by Alan Moore

Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” casts a semblance of sympathy on the origins of the Joker, depicting his transition into the persona of the Red Hood. 

This origin narrative is intricately interlaced with a contemporary Joker tale, marking the conclusion of Barbara Gordon’s journey as Batgirl.

Batman: A Death in the Family (Hardcover)

Closely following “The Killing Joke,” another of Batman’s sidekicks falls victim to the Joker’s madness. 

Jason Todd’s search for his birth mother concludes in a harrowing and tragic manner.

Batman: The Cult 
by Jim Starlin

An enigmatic shaman, Deacon Blackfire, transforms the city’s homeless population into an army combating crime. 

Batman is tasked with uncovering Blackfire’s concealed motives.

Batman: Blind Justice
by Sam Hamm

Crafted by the screenwriter behind the Tim Burton Batman films, Blind Justice incorporates a more minor part for Ducard, recognized as Batman’s mentor from Batman Begins. 

The narrative introduces original characters like Bonecrusher, diverging from the usual roster of Gotham’s antagonists to narrate the tale of a one-time Wayne Enterprises staff member grappling with memory loss.

The Many Deaths of the Batman 
by John Byrne

For enthusiasts of John Byrne, this book may hold appeal, unraveling a plot where an enigmatic adversary systematically eliminates Batman’s mentors, leaving them garbed in Batman’s iconic costumes.

Batman: Haunted Knight 
by Jeph Loeb

Interestingly, despite being cataloged significantly after the Long Halloween, this composition is the brainchild of the same dynamic duo, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, predating it by several years. 

Serendipitously, it amalgamates three Halloween tales, showcasing a medley of villains, including the Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, and the Joker.

Batman: Arkham Asylum 
by Grant Morrison (Hardcover, Anniversary Edition, Hardcover Anniversary Edition)

Embarking on a tale crafted for Mature Readers by the esteemed Grant Morrison, we find the asylum walls breached by its own inmates. 

On a day of trickery, April Fool’s Day, a congregation of Gotham’s infamous dwellers, including the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison, Two-Face, and their ilk, manipulate Batman into inhabiting their chaotic world, bartering his presence for the liberation of the asylum’s captives—doctors and guards alike. 

Readers must note that the indispensability of this book is anchored in the caliber of its creation rather than its intertwining with continuity. The Anniversary Edition further enriches the narrative, encompassing the original script, meticulously annotated by the minds of Grant Morrison and Karen Berger.

Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying
by Marv Wolfman

Robin: A Hero Reborn 
by Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon

Transitioning through eras, A Lonely Place of Dying serves as the connecting arc from Dick Grayson to Jason Todd and subsequently to Tim Drake. 

Interweaving narratives with New Titans, we witness Tim Drake observing Batman’s profound torment after the loss of Jason Todd and undertaking a mission to reconcile Batman with Nightwing. 

A Hero Reborn seamlessly continues the narrative post A Lonely Place of Dying, marking the instance where Tim Drake embraces his destiny, donning the mantle of Robin for the first time.

Batman: Son of the Demon
by Mike Barr

Batman: Bride of the Demon
by Mike Barr (Hardcover)

Batman: Birth of the Demon
by Dennis O’Neil (Hardcover)

Enshrouded in mystique and adventure, these three original graphic novels spotlight the formidable Ra’s al Ghul. 

The initial pair delve into the intricate dynamics between Batman and Talia, al Ghul’s daughter, teasing the possibility of an offspring born from their union! 

The third volume weaves a narrative around Ley Lines and Lazarus Pits, employing them as a narrative device to flashback and solve the origins of the Demon’s Head.

Batman: Night Cries 
by Archie Goodwin (Hardcover)

Batman: Gotham County Line 
by Steve Niles

With the striking brushwork of Scott Hampton, Night Cries emerges as an exceedingly daring book addressing the grave subject of child abuse. 

The city is gripped by a serial killer targeting child abusers, raising the pressing question—should he be stopped? 

Batman grapples with accusations of being the perpetrator, while Commissioner Gordon confronts the shadows of his own history. 

Complementing this, also illustrated by Scott Hampton, Gotham County Line sees Batman venture beyond his customary terrain, tracing a case into the suburban fringes of Gotham.

The Age of the Great Gotham Crossovers

During the stretch from the mid-90s to the early 2000s, DC became notorious for its colossal Batman crossovers, sometimes unfolding over a year or more. 

These weren’t confined solely to Batman-specific titles but branched out, enveloping all spin-off titles such as Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, and Batgirl, weaving a vast and intricate tapestry of interconnected narratives.

Batman: Sword of Azrael
by Dennis O’Neil

Serving as a precursor to the unfolding narrative of Knightfall, Sword of Azrael, despite its subsequent release, lays down the foundational backstory for Jean-Paul Valley’s transformation into Azrael. 

The tapestry of tales intricately weaves the elements, setting the stage for the dramatic events that are to follow.

Batman: Knightfall Part One – Broken Bat

Batman: Knightfall Part Two – Who Rules the Night

Batman: Knightfall Part Three – Knightsend

In a harrowing cascade of events, Bane, an enduring figure from the Venom narrative, wreaks havoc by dismantling Arkham Asylum and liberating its captive residents, setting the stage for a formidable showdown between Batman and a sinister gallery of foes, including the Joker, the Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, the Riddler, and the Scarecrow. 

The climactic confrontation culminates in a debilitating defeat for Batman, as Bane shatters his spine. 

In this dire circumstance, the mantle of the Dark Knight is reluctantly passed on to Jean-Paul Valley, known as Azrael. 

However, the transition could be smoother. 

Azrael’s grasp on sanity wavers, manifesting in an escalating pattern of brutality against his adversaries. 

In an unforeseen turn of events, Bruce Wayne experiences a miraculous recovery, setting the stage for a decisive confrontation with Jean-Paul for the revered right to don the iconic cape and cowl.

Batman: Mitefall

In a lighthearted twist, “Mitefall” offers a comedic perspective on the unfolding of the pivotal events from Knightfall within the whimsical realm of Bat-Mite. 

Here, the character of Bane-Mite concocts schemes to seize control of his vibrant and quirky universe. 

The narrative intertwines humor and parody, showcasing this alternate Bat-world’s distinctive and playful dynamics.

Zero Hour: Crisis in Time 
by Dan Jurgens

“Zero Hour” represents DC’s endeavor to resolve lingering continuity problems stemming from “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” 

With time disintegrating due to Extant’s machinations, heroes unite in a desperate bid to preserve the timestream. 

However, the looming threat of Parallax threatens to unravel time completely, offering a blank slate to DC continuity. 

This narrative witnesses the genesis of Impulse, the maturing of the original JSA, and Jack Knight assuming the Starman mantle. 

Relevant to Batman’s lore, it introduces his status as an urban legend, obliterates Joe Chill’s identification and capture, and seeds Batman’s mistrust of Hal Jordan.

Batman: Prodigal
by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, Alan Grant

Dick Grayson assumes the Batman mantle during Bruce’s temporary absence from Gotham post-Knightfall in a belated but fitting move. 

Together with the new Boy Wonder, Tim Drake, Knightwing (as Batman) confronts Two-Face – the adversary who bested Dick in his inaugural battle as Robin.

Batman: Contagion
by Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon, Dennis O’Neil, Doug Moench, Christopher Priest

Batman: Legacy
by Alan Grant

“Contagion” presents a narrative where a lethal virus, The Clench, is unleashed in Gotham, prompting Batman to undertake a dual mission – containing the spread and locating survivors of a prior outbreak who may hold the key to a cure. 

This storyline also incorporates issues from Azrael’s standalone series. “Legacy” sees Batman tracing the virus’s origins, serving as a precursor to the impending “Cataclysm.”

Batman/Deadman: Death & Glory 
by James Robinson

Haunted by an evil spirit, Batman unwittingly wreaks havoc in a restaurant, leaving a trail of destruction. 

Assisted by Deadman, he embarks on a quest to uncover the perpetrator, only to discover his complicity in the tragedy. 

A dual battle ensues as he confronts and seeks to overcome the supernatural entity manipulating him.

Batman: Cataclysm 
by Chuck Dixon

Batman: No Man’s Land – Volume 1 
by Bob Gale, Devin Grayson

Batman: No Man’s Land – Volume 2 
by Greg Rucka, Bob Gale

Batman: No Man’s Land – Volume 3 
by Greg Rucka, Kelley Puckett

Batman: No Man’s Land – Volume 4 
by Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson

Batman: No Man’s Land – Volume 5 
by Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson

Gotham City faces unparalleled devastation following a catastrophic earthquake, leading to its No Man’s Land designation by the U.S. government. 

This extensive arc traverses every Bat book and spin-off, introducing a new Batgirl and marking the resurgence of Bane. 

As the narrative unfolds, Bruce Wayne engages in a financial duel with Lex Luthor, contesting control over the city’s reconstruction.

Batman: The Chalice
by Chuck Dixon

In a twist of fate, Batman gains possession of the Holy Grail, unraveling his lineage as a descendant of a Grail Knight from King Arthur’s court. 

He stands as the Grail’s guardian against those with malicious intentions, notably Ra’s al Ghul, with appearances by Penguin, Two-Face, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, and Azrael enhancing the tale.

Batman: Harley Quinn
by Paul Dini

Batman: Harley and Ivy 
by Paul Dini, Judd Winick

Harley Quinn, initially seen in “Batman: The Animated Series,” transitions into actual Batman continuity through her dedicated mini-series, “Harley Quinn.” 

“Harley and Ivy” compile two narratives focusing on this dynamic duo’s adventures and escapades, encapsulating their unique partnership.

JLA: Tower of Babel 
by Mark Waid

In “Tower of Babel,” Batman’s strategic mind takes a darker turn as he develops contingency plans against every member of the Justice League, showcasing his preparedness for any potential betrayal or threat from within.

Superman: Emperor Joker 
by Jeph Loeb, J.M. DeMatteis, Joe Kelly, Mark Schultz

An enthralling, twisted narrative emerges as one of the favorite Superman tales. The experience initially encapsulated in single-issue form, reveals a shocking premise: The Joker gains nearly infinite cosmic power. 

The impact is profound, introducing characters that endure through “Infinite Crisis,” with Batman playing a crucial, indispensable role in this dark and unpredictable story.

Batman: Evolution – New Gotham Volume 1

Batman: Officer Down – New Gotham Volume 2

Post-reconstruction Gotham City is the backdrop for exploring tensions between the Original Gothamites (OGs) and the deserters (DeeZees). 

In “Evolution,” the narrative is marked by the return of Ra’s al Ghul, challenging the Dark Knight once more. 

“Tower of Babel” intertwines with “Evolution,” yet the connection is subtle. “Officer Down” presents a gripping scenario as Commissioner Gordon is critically injured, with Catwoman as the sole witness to the unfolding drama.

Bruce Wayne: Murderer? 
by Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, Kelly Puckett

Bruce Wayne: Fugitive – Volume 1 
by Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson, Kelly Puckett

Bruce Wayne: Fugitive – Volume 2 
by Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson

Bruce Wayne: Fugitive – Volume 3 
by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, Kelly Puckett, Geoff Johns

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Bruce Wayne faces an arduous journey to prove his innocence. 

Cloaked in shadows, Batman and his allies delve deep into the mysteries surrounding Vesper Fairchild’s demise, unraveling secrets and uncovering hidden truths. 

Amidst this tumultuous quest for justice, the Dark Knight grapples with the dichotomy of his dual identity, questioning the essence of his true self.

Batman: Harvest Breed 
by George Pratt (Hardcover)

Haunted by the specters of the past and the horrors of Vietnam, Batman embarks on a relentless pursuit of a killer shrouded in darkness. 

The investigation pushes him to the edge, testing the boundaries of his principles and straining his bond with Commissioner Gordon. 

The shadows of Gotham bear witness to a hero teetering on the brink, grappling with external and internal demons.

Batman: Absolution 
by J.M. DeMatteis (Hardcover)

Venturing beyond the familiar skyline of Gotham, Batman’s quest for justice takes him to the architectural marvel of the Taj Mahal. 

He follows the sinister trail of a terrorist whose shadows have loomed over Wayne Enterprises for a decade. 

The journey unveils hidden layers of deceit, testing the Dark Knight’s resolve and unwavering commitment to the pursuit of truth.

Batman: Hush – Volume 1 
by Jeph Loeb (Hardcover, Absolute Edition)

Batman: Hush – Volume 2 
by Jeph Loeb (Hardcover)

The emergence of Hush casts a new shadow over Gotham’s criminal underworld. 

An intricately woven tale reveals connections, secrets, and unexpected alliances, bringing together a vast array of DC characters. 

The enigmatic Jason Todd may be critical to unraveling the mysteries surrounding Hush’s identity and motives. 

The Absolute Edition, a collector’s gem, combines both volumes, presenting a visually stunning narrative that reshapes Batman’s world.

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell 
by Dan Slott

Warren White, the “Great White Shark,” enters the harrowing depths of Arkham Asylum, where insanity and chaos reign. 

Now dubbed “The Fish,” he must navigate the treacherous waters inhabited by Gotham’s most notorious villains, including the Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, and Killer Croc. 

The struggle for survival intensifies as alliances are forged and broken in the heart of madness.

Batman: Death and the Maidens
by Greg Rucka

Facing mortality, Ra’s al Ghul extends an irresistible offer to Batman – a chance to converse with his deceased parents. 

In return, the Demon’s Head seeks Batman’s assistance against his rebellious daughters, who seek to dismantle his legacy by destroying the Lazarus Pits. 

The Dark Knight must weigh the allure of reconciling with his past against the consequences of aligning with a long-time foe.

Batman: Broken City
by Brian Azzarello (Hardcover)

Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, the acclaimed creative team behind Vertigo’s 100 Bullets, craft a gripping tale of mystery and murder in Gotham. 

Batman’s unwavering pursuit of justice leads him to the city’s landfill, where a woman’s lifeless body unveils a web of deceit, corruption, and hidden agendas. 

The Dark Knight must navigate treacherous waters to uncover the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Batman: As the Crow Flies
by Judd Winick

In the gripping tale “As the Crow Flies,” Batman confronts the horrifying Scarebeast, a monstrous creation born from the unholy alliance between the Scarecrow and the Penguin. 

Plagued by visions of Jason Todd under Scarecrow’s influence, the Dark Knight must navigate through a labyrinth of fear and deception to thwart the menacing duo’s plans and unravel the mysteries of the mind.

Batman: Hush Returns
by A.J. Lieberman

Hush Returns, bringing more confusion as to his true identity and motivations.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
by Jeph Loeb (Hardcover)

Superman/Batman: Supergirl
by Jeph Loeb (Hardcover)

Superman/Batman: Absolute Power
by Jeph Loeb (Hardcover)

Superman/Batman: Vengeance
by Jeph Loeb (Hardcover)

Jeph Loeb’s tenure on Superman/Batman was nothing short of epic. 

“Public Enemies” sees Superman and Batman aligning with and against a myriad of DC heroes to end the presidential rule of Lex Luthor, who ominously hints at an impending Crisis. 

“Supergirl” marks the return of Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, and her struggle for identity between the Amazons of Paradise Island and the clutches of Darkseid, with many DC Universe characters making appearances throughout. 

“Vengeance” is a grand convergence of storylines and characters, with references to iconic tales such as “Superman Arkham/Emperor Joker” and reintroductions of various incarnations of Superman and Batman, providing a rich canvas of the DC Universe leading into Infinite Crisis.

Batman: War Drums 
by Bill Willingham, Andersen Gabrych

Batman: War Games Act One 
by Ed Brubaker, Andersen Gabrych, Devin Grayson, Dylan Horrocks, A.J. Lieberman, Bill Willingham

Batman: War Games Act Two 
by Ed Brubaker, Bill Willingham, et al.

Batman: War Games Act Three 
by Ed Brubaker, Bill Willingham, et al.

Tim Drake steps down at his father’s behest as Robin, leading to Spoiler, his girlfriend, assuming the role against Batman’s initial judgment. 

The ensuing story sees her trained and subsequently dismissed by Batman, setting off a chain of events culminating in a violent gang war as she unknowingly enacts a contingency plan involving one of Batman’s alter egos, Matches Malone. 

The chaos ensuing from the fractured identity and unaligned plans strains Batman’s relationships, leaving him isolated from his allies by the tale’s conclusion.

Infinite Crisis

Navigating between Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis, this section aims to preserve the integrity of Batman’s narrative, even at the expense of revealing central Infinite Crisis plot points ahead of time. 

The arrangement avoids fragmenting Batman’s storyline for those who prioritize a logical and linear Batman-centric reading experience over avoiding spoilers for Infinite Crisis.

Identity Crisis 
by Brad Meltzer (Hardcover)

Identity Crisis unravels a fascinating narrative that rocks the very foundation of the DC Universe. 

With a hero’s spouse tragically murdered, the Justice League, both past and present members, must unite to uncover the murderer before their loved ones fall victim next. 

As the investigation progresses, a potentially darker crime emerges, revealing a story intricately linked to Batman.

Year One: Batman / Ra’s al Ghul
by Devin Grayson

Despite its misleading title, this book does not explore anyone’s “Year One.” 

Instead, it centers around Batman receiving a letter from Ra’s al Ghul one year after the events chronicled in Death and the Maidens.

Prelude to Infinite Crisis

Countdown to Infinite Crisis: The OMAC Project
by Greg Rucka

Prelude offers glimpses into various stories that set the stage for the Countdown to Infinite Crisis books. 

The OMAC Project encompasses the original Countdown to Infinite Crisis one-shot, a gateway to Infinite Crisis. 

Within its pages, Maxwell Lord, at the helm of Checkmate, unleashes a formidable army of OMACs on the superhuman community, raising questions about Batman’s connection to this unfolding scheme.

Batman: City of Crime
by David Lapham

Bruce Wayne faces a dilemma as he confronts a 14-year-old closely linked to a drug ring that Batman is actively investigating. 

“City of Crime,” featuring issues from Detective Comics released concurrently with “Under the Hood” from Batman, encompasses this story. 

While “War Crimes” intersects with this narrative, “City of Crime” can be enjoyed independently as it does not reference the following collections.

Batman: Under the Hood – Volume 1 
by Judd Winick

Batman: War Crimes 
by Anderson Gabrych, Bill Willingham, Devin Grayson, Bruce Jones

Batman: Under the Hood – Volume 2 
by Judd Winick

“Under the Hood” introduces a new vigilante in Gotham, the Red Hood, who challenges Batman’s non-lethal approach. 

Pitted against Black Mask, Gotham’s new crime lord, the narrative is rife with surprising revelations and connections to Hush. 

“War Crimes” serves as a bridge, tying loose ends from “War Games” and setting the stage for the second volume of “Under the Hood,” where Batman, Red Hood, Black Mask, and Joker clash. 

The final chapter, “The Return of Jason Todd,” is best appreciated after “Infinite Crisis.”

JLA: Crisis of Conscience

The repercussions of the “Identity Crisis” culminate in the “Crisis of Conscience,” leading to the dissolution of the Justice League of America and directly setting the stage for the “Infinite Crisis.

Infinite Crisis
by Geoff Johns (Hardcover)

The Infinite Crisis Companion 
by Greg Rucka

Two decades after “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” its true sequel, “Infinite Crisis,” emerges, bringing back Superman-2, Superboy-Prime, and Alex Luthor for a universe-altering adventure. 

This saga reshapes the DC Universe and reinstates elements erased by “Zero Hour,” including identifying Bruce Wayne’s parents’ murderer. 

“The Infinite Crisis Companion” collects special issues released alongside “Infinite Crisis,” serving as a supplement to fill narrative gaps. 

However, its separate publication poses a challenge for chronological reading.

One Year Later

Batman: Face the Face
by James Robinson

In the aftermath of the Infinite Crisis, Batman returns to Gotham City, only to uncover a sinister plot where the city’s most notable villains are systematically murdered.

Batman: Detective
by Paul Dini, Royal McGraw

Batman is tested to his limits as he encounters challenges from well-known adversaries such as the Riddler, the Penguin, and Poison Ivy, along with new faces intent on committing crimes throughout Gotham City.

Superman/Batman: The Enemies Among Us
by Mark Verheiden

Dramatic confrontations unfold as Martian Manhunter turns against Batman. 

Meanwhile, the return of Parasite and Titano puts additional pressure on the heroes, and Superman’s allegiance is put to the test among the Green Lantern Corps.

Batman and Son
by Grant Morrison (Hardcover)

Revelations from Talia al Ghul bring the events of “Son of the Demon” into question, suggesting that they might have indeed occurred within continuity. 

This results in the emergence of Damien, a development that Tim Drake fears could complicate the impending adoption process by Bruce Wayne.


This section showcases books that traverse numerous decades, making it challenging to integrate them into a specific continuity. 

While they provide insight into the characters they highlight, they do not offer a more comprehensive overview of the Batman mythos.

Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told 
by Bill Finger, Dennis O’Neil, et al.

Timed with the release of Batman Begins, “Greatest Stories” compiles Batman narratives across six decades. 

Among these is a story set shortly after “Bruce Wayne: Fugitive,” depicting Bruce’s efforts to restore his reputation.

Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told – Volume 2 
by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Roy Thomas, et al.

Reprints classic stories from the 1940s to the present.

The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told

The Clown Prince of Crime is the focus of this five-decade-spanning collection.

Batman: Scarecrow Tales 
by Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, et al.

Another release aligning with Batman Begins, “Scarecrow Tales,” assembles eight stories, initially published as individual comics, spanning a remarkable 61 years, each focusing on the menacing Scarecrow.

Batman: Secrets of the Batcave by Bill Finger, Don Cameron, Edmond Hamilton, Gerry Conway, Alan Brennert, et al.*

This compilation features several early Batman stories, all revolving around the mysterious and enigmatic aspects of the Batcave.

Batman: Ego and Other Tails 
by Darwyn Cooke

DC presents a collection of initial Batman tales from the creators of “DC: The New Frontier.” 

This anthology incorporates the story “Ego” and the complete graphic novel “Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score.”

Tales of the Batman: Time Sale 
by Darwyn Cooke, James Robinson, et al.

Seemingly, this is an anthology of Batman stories illustrated by Tim Sale. Further information about this collection remains elusive at this moment.

Batman: Turning Points 
by Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon, Ed Brubaker

This graphic novel, which gathers the entire mini-series, delves into the evolving relationship between Batman and Jim Gordon over their years in Gotham City, exploring their dynamics and challenges.

Frank Miller's Dark Knight

Despite DC Comics officially incorporating only “Year One” into its continuity, Frank Miller, renowned for his contribution to the Batman saga, contends that all his Batman narratives reside within the universe of “The Dark Knight Returns,” often deemed a masterpiece. 

Hence, the following listings present these stories in their unique mini-continuity, as envisioned by Miller.

Batman: Year One
by Frank Miller (Hardcover, Leatherbound)

“Year One” unveils Bruce Wayne’s initial year as the Dark Knight, reimagined by the brilliant mind of Frank Miller, the creator of “Sin City.” 

Undeniably, this work is quintessential Batman, significantly influencing the “Batman Returns” movie. 

The leatherbound edition also encompasses “The Dark Knight Returns,” enriching the reader’s experience.

All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder – Volume 1
by Frank Miller (Hardcover)

In this latest addition to the collection, Frank Miller once again steers a Batman narrative, delivering a raw and gritty exploration of the formative days of Batman and Robin, showcasing their challenges and growth.

Batman: Black and White – Volume 1 
by Neil Gaiman, Joe Kubert, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, et al.

Regrettably, obtaining information about this book has proven challenging. 

What is known is that all authors contributing to this project were granted complete creative freedom to craft any Batman story without adherence to established continuity. 

Among the diverse tales, this compilation features a Frank Miller story, which, for placement purposes, is somewhat arbitrarily situated amidst his other contributions.

by Frank Miller, Todd McFarlane

Set before “The Dark Knight Returns,” this crossover with Spawn sees Batman journeying to New York City to investigate a cache of weapons and robots utilizing human heads as processors. 

Encountering Spawn, who is on the same trail, leads to a fierce conflict before they realize their common goal.

This story has enduring implications within the Spawn universe.

The Dark Knight Returns 
by Frank Miller (Hardcover, Leatherbound, Absolute Edition)

The Dark Knight Strikes Again
by Frank Miller (Hardcover)

Regarded as the quintessential alternative Batman, “The Dark Knight Returns” is often cited as the genesis of the Elseworlds concept. 

Its acclaim reportedly inspired the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman movies. 

A decade post-retirement, Batman and a new female Robin confront adversaries Joker and Two-Face, leading to a climactic confrontation with Superman. 

“The Dark Knight Strikes Again” depicts Bruce Wayne’s protective army of Dark Knights in Gotham, introducing Catgirl. 

The leatherbound edition combines “Year One,” “The Dark Knight Returns,” and another Miller piece, “Santa Claus: Wanted Dead or Alive.” The Absolute Edition beautifully amalgamates both Dark Knight tales.

Elseworlds and Other Batman Stories

Batman/Punisher: Lake of Fire 
by Dennis O’Neil

Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights 
by Chuck Dixon

Circling the time of “Knightfall,” these DC/Marvel crossovers feature two different Batmen – Jean-Paul Valley in “Lake of Fire” and Bruce Wayne in “Deadly Knights.”

Gotham by Gaslight: a Tale of the Batman 
by Brian Augustyn

Batman: Master of the Future 
by Brian Augustyn

“Gotham by Gaslight,” DC’s inaugural official Elseworlds publication, explores Batman’s pursuit of Jack the Ripper. 

“Master of the Future” was crafted as its sequel.

Batman: Holy Terror 
by Alan Brennert

In an alternate reality where Britain triumphed, maintaining control over North American colonies, Bruce Wayne, on the verge of joining the priesthood, uncovers the truth about his parents’ execution by the church through Inquisitor Gordon.

Batman: Dark Dynasty 
by Mike W. Barr

Spanning centuries, this narrative traverses the exploits of three distinct Dark Knights, from the 14th century to the year 2500, as they combat the ageless Vandal Savage.

Batman & Dracula: Red Rain 
by Doug Meonch (Hardcover, Tales of the Multiverse)

Batman: Bloodstorm 
by Doug Meonch (Hardcover)

Batman: Crimson Mist 
by Doug Meonch (Hardcover)

The riveting Batman Vampire trilogy commences with Dracula’s quest to dominate Gotham City, compelling Bruce Wayne to make grave sacrifices. 

By the trilogy’s conclusion, Batman has transformed into a vampire, leading his erstwhile allies to make their own sacrifices to protect Gotham. 

Tales of the Multiverse is presumed to amalgamate all three stories, pending further confirmation.

Batman/Dark Joker: The Wild 
by Doug Moench (Hardcover)

In a realm of magic and fantasy known as the Wild, a winged humanoid creature, Batman, is entrusted with protecting the land against the evil sorcerer, Dark Joker.

Batman: Castle of the Bat 
by Jack C. Harris

“Castle of the Bat” presents a unique take on Batman, portraying him as Frankenstein’s Monster.

by Jamie Delano

In this visually stunning Elseworlds tale, Batman is on the hunt for genetic engineers who have spawned a Manbat creature of their own.

Batman: Black and White – Volume 1 
by Neil Gaiman, Joe Kubert, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, et al

Batman: Black and White – Volume 2 
by Paul Dini, Steven T. Seagle, Brian Azzarello, John Byrne, Howard Chaykin, Warren Ellis, Alan Grant, Dave Gibbons, Paul Levitz, Paul Pope, et al. (Hardcover)

Batman: Black and White – Volume 3 
by Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, Judd Winick, Jill Thompson, Michael Wm. Kaluta, et al.

These three expansive volumes assemble an array of brief Batman stories, approximately 8 pages each, penned by some of the industry’s most renowned writers. 

Granted creative freedom, they crafted their Batman narratives without adherence to established continuity.

Batman: Thrillkiller 
by Howard Chaykin

“Thrillkiller” unfolds in the early 1960s, reintroducing Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and many villains, each endowed with novel origins.

Batman versus Predator: The Collected Edition 
by Dave Gibbons

by Ron Marz

Batman/Aliens II 
by Ian Edginton

Superman and Batman Vs. Aliens and Predator 
by Mark Schultz

In these Dark Horse crossovers, Batman battles the most excellent hunters in the universe.

Batman: Other Realms 
by Mark Kneece, Bo Hampton

“Other Realms” is an anthology of eclectic Batman stories, one delving into the life of a Viking Prince and the other exploring a realm inhabited by the consciousness of coma victims.

Batman: Detective No. 27 
by Michael Uslan (Hardcover)

Bruce Wayne joins a clandestine society of detectives to combat the criminal conspiracy responsible for rendering him an orphan.

Batman: Child of Dreams 
by Kia Asamiya (Hardcover)

Batman: Hong Kong 
by Doug Moench (Hardcover)

“Child of Dreams,” a monochromatic manga initially published in Magazine Z, is translated into English by Max Allan Collins. 

It is followed by “Hong Kong,” a vibrant graphic novel by Doug Moench and Tony Wong. 

Batman investigates a series of snuff films on the Internet, leading him to Hong Kong to pursue the perpetrators.

Batman: Nine Lives 
by Dean Motter (Hardcover)

While probing into reports of a colossal alligator residing in the Gotham reservoir, the vigilante known as the Bat-Man uncovers the deceased body of his former lover, Selina Kyle. 

Together with Detective Richard Grayson, they must unravel the mystery of Selina’s demise before another falls victim. 

Regrettably, the book’s unconventional landscape format may pose shelving inconveniences.

Batman: Secrets 
by Sam Keith

Penned and illustrated by the creator of “The Maxx,” “Secrets” depicts Batman caught in the act of brutally assaulting the Joker— a narrative that swiftly garners media attention.

Batman: Year One Hundred 
by Paul Pope

In the year 2039, Batman, now an antiquated icon, finds himself accused of murdering a federal agent. 

The collection also features Pope’s “Berlin Batman” story, set in the turbulent year of 1939.

Batman: Cover to Cover (Hardcover)

This deluxe hardcover compilation showcases a rich history of Batman comic book covers, with several notable personalities such as Christopher Nolan, Adam West, Mark Hamill, Neil Gaiman, Alex Ross, Brad Meltzer, Mark Waid, Jim Lee, Jeph Loeb, Paul Levitz, and Neal Adams, selecting and discussing their personal favorites.

Television and Film

Batman – The Complete First Season

Batman – The Movie

Batman – Return to the Batcave

For many fans, the 1960s portrayal of Batman and Robin by Adam West and Burt Ward evokes mixed feelings of nostalgia and campiness. 

Personally, I found it charming and entertaining despite its vivid nature. 

Regrettably, the series remains unreleased on DVD, with only the movie and the reunion show available for viewing.

Scooby Doo Meets Batman


Batman (Anthology)

Batman Returns

Batman Forever

Batman and Robin

Batman: The Movies 
by Dennis O’Neil

The initial two Batman films of the modern era, helmed by Tim Burton and featuring Michael Keaton, were commendable adaptations. 

The films showcased stellar performances, notably Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker and Michelle Pfeiffer’s superior depiction of Catwoman. 

However, subsequent releases under Joel Schumacher, namely “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin,” led to a decline in the franchise’s reputation. 

The DVDs mentioned offer a plethora of additional content. 

At the same time, the graphic novel “Batman: The Movies” by Dennis O’Neil presents alternate takes on these films.

The Batman – The Complete First Season

The Batman – The Complete Second Season

Batman vs. Dracula (With Figurines)

Regarding continuity rather than release order, “The Batman” is positioned before the Animated Series as it explores Bruce Wayne’s formative years as a vigilante.

“The Batman vs. Dracula” movie draws loose inspiration from the Batman Vampire Trilogy of graphic novels: “Red Rain,” “BloodStorm,” and “Crimson Mist.”

The Batman Strikes: Crime Time

The Batman Strikes: In Darkest Knight

The Batman Strikes: Duty Calls

Batman Strikes collects the comic book series based on The Batman animated series listed above.

Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 1

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 2

Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 3

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 4

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman

The first three volumes of this collection encompass the entirety of the ’90s Batman Animated Series, widely acclaimed as one of the best-animated superhero shows ever. 

The fourth volume introduces the New Batman Adventures, marking the inception of the DC Animated Universe. 

This new style and expanded character roster transitioned into other series, including the Superman Animated Series and Justice League, creating a cohesive animated universe. 

The interspersed movies are placed in approximate release order alongside the respective series.

The Batman Adventures 
by Kelly Puckett, Martin Pasko

The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames and Demons by Paul Dini

Batman: Gotham Adventures 
by Ty Templeton

Batman: The Dark Knight Adventures 
by Kelley Puckett

The Batman Adventures: Rogues Gallery

The Batman Adventures: Shadows and Masks

The Batman Adventures graphic novels compile several issues from a comic book series of the same name, inspired by the early ’90s Batman animated series. 

Interestingly, most of these graphic novels were published well after the animated series had concluded.

Batman Beyond – The Movie

Batman Beyond – The Complete First Season

Batman Beyond – The Complete Second Season

Batman Beyond – Return of the Joker

Set forty years after the Animated series and two decades following Batman’s retirement, Batman Beyond introduces us to an older Bruce Wayne, mentoring Terry McGinnis to succeed him as the Dark Knight of Gotham. 

One can turn to Jeph Loeb’s Superman/Batman series for references to Terry in continuity.

Batman Begins (Widescreen, Special Edition, Deluxe Edition, HD DVD)

Batman Begins: The Movie and Other Tales of the Dark Knight 
by Scott Beatty, Dennis O’Neil, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Bill Willingham

Initiating a reboot of the Batman film franchise, Batman Begins stars Christian Bale as Batman, with Christopher Nolan as the director and co-writer. 

This film explores Bruce Wayne’s initial venture into his Batman persona, battling against The Scarecrow, and features a stellar supporting cast including Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, and Gary Oldman. 

Anticipations are high for more sequels to this series. 

The Special and Deluxe Editions offer additional content and collectibles, including comics that inspired the movie. 

The Movie and Other Tales compiles the graphic novel adaptation of the film and a collection of four classic Batman tales.

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