The Batman film, directed by Matt Reeves, had a strong showing on IMDb’s Top 250 Movies list. The superhero picture stars Robert Pattinson as a fresh version of the Caped Crusader, as opposed to Ben Affleck‘s portrayal of the character in the DC Extended Universe. The Batman has finally arrived in theaters today, March 4th, following a long journey to the big screen due to the epidemic that delayed production.
Viewers have sought to resolve the topic of which films deserve to rank as the best of all time since cinema became an established art form, and numerous responses have been presented throughout the years. Once every ten years, Sight & Sound magazine surveys filmmakers, reviewers, and scholars to compile its Top 100 list, but the IMDb Top 250 are unique in that it is based on user vote. Rather than counting the number of references in separate top 10 lists, like Sight & Sound does, the IMDb ranking is based on each film’s average score, which means that each new picture that comes out has a chance to make the list right away.
This appears to have occurred in the case of The Batman, which, although only being publicly distributed throughout the world this week, is presently ranked #85 on the IMDb Top 250 with an average score of 8.3/10. This places it behind The Dark Knight at #3 and The Dark Knight Rises at #68 as the third-highest-rated Batman film. Spider-Man: No Way Home (#39), Avengers: Infinity War (64), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (#71), and Avengers: Endgame (#79) are some of the other comic book movies that presently rank higher.
On one side, Reeves’ film’s success on IMDb’s Top 250 is unsurprising; The Batman‘s early reviews have been overwhelmingly good, praising the director’s strong sense of vision as well as Pattinson’s lead performance. Many reviews have compared it favorably to Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight, implying that it has the potential to garner the same degree of devoted fandom. It’s very feasible that when more people view the new film, it will begin to rise higher on the list.
The Batman, on the other hand, might have easily been a victim of the ongoing #RestoreTheSnyderverse movement, which has seen supporters of Zack Snyder‘s vision for the DCEU call for boycotts of Warner Bros. films. This movie was supposed to be a solo picture for Affleck’s Batman, with the actor also writing and directing, but when the Justice League scandal grew, he chose to drop out completely. Even if The Batman‘s IMDb Top 250 rating rises, Snyder’s followers may protest by leaving negative reviews, so fans of the Pattinson-led film will want to enjoy their time on the popular list while they can.