Batman is more than just a character. Batman is a franchise that's filled with heroes and villains. Batman has one of the most iconic group of baddies of all time. The villains are so iconic that some of them have been in films that barely even have Batman. Some of them don't have Batman at all! This ranking is for films that feature Batman characters, but don't have Batman as the protagonist.
5. Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn
Birds Of Prey is a film I liked for the simple fact that it had characters that I've been wanting to see in a live-action film. However, Birds Of Prey proves that Harley Quinn works better as a supporting character than a protagonist. This film tries to be both a Harley Quinn film and an ensemble story about the Birds of Prey (Renee Montoya, Black Canary and Huntress). The film might of worked better if Harley was a side villain or side character. On the plus side, the film's villain, Black Mask, is a character that I've been wanting to see in a live-action film for years. I wish he had appeared in an actual Batman film, but it's better than nothing.
Halle Berry's Catwoman film is one of the most hated superhero films of all time. I didn't have high expectations for the film, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I do agree with the critics that Catwoman's costume is too revealing, especially for an outfit that's meant for crimefighting. However, the actual film is charmingly campy. Instead of Selina Kyle, this film's Catwoman is Patience Phillips, and she lives up to her name by being a patient, shy woman who gets turned into the confident, sly Catwoman. Seeing Patience act like a cat leads to a lot of the film's best humor. Also her love interest, Tom Lone, is another character who lives up to his name by being a loner but deep down, he has a heart of gold. Catwoman was the 1st film to star a Batman villain that has Frances Conroy in a supporting role. In this film, she plays Patience's eccentric mentor. She later went on to play Arthur's mom in Joker.
3. The Suicide Squad
2021's The Suicide Squad is a sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad film. Although the film has different rogues from different rogues galleries, they made sure to get some Batman villains in there. In addition to Harley Quinn, the film features two very obscure Batman villains that people weren't expecting to see in a blockbuster film, Ratcatcher and Polka-Dot Man. This film's Ratcatcher is a female version of a male villain from Batman. The film went out of it's way to make Ratcatcher a likeable character with a sympathetic backstory. As for Polka-Dot Man, he's a classic but odd villain that's been joked about for years. However, this film helped Polka-Dot Man achieve a new level of popularity that he never previously had.
2. Suicide Squad
The first live-action Suicide Squad film featured the first live-action film appearances of Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc. While Killer Croc is a side character, Deadshot and Harley Quinn are the most prominent members of the title cast. Deadshot was a somewhat obscure Batman villain who became more popular after becoming the leader of the Suicide Squad. As for Harley Quinn, she was the Joker's henchwoman in Batman: The Animated Series, and ended up becoming popular enough to be in comics and films. As to be expected, the Joker shows up, and this time he's played by the scene-stealing Jared Leto. Ben Affleck's Batman has a few memorable appearances in the film. Suicide Squad was a film that got lots of bad reviews, but that doesn't change the fact that the film is an absolute blast to watch.
Joker might be the most brilliant comic book film of all time. This Oscar winning classic lets the most iconic supervillain in all of comics shine in his own film. Joaquin Phoenix puts as much effort as humanly possible into giving a fantastic, complex, memorable and unique performance. Robert De Niro has a strong supporting role as Murray Franklin, a talk show host that Arthur admires. Bruce's father, Thomas Wayne, has a supporting role in the film. As for Bruce, he does show up, and a groundbreaking plot twist about the Joker and Batman's relationship is hinted at.
Rather than adapt storylines from the comics, the Joker film has it's own backstory and plot. In this tale, the Joker is Arthur Fleck, an outcast who gets judged and mocked by just about everyone he comes across. The lack of compassion shown to Arthur leads to him becoming a villain against the society that rejected him.
Some people saw Joker as a cynical film. However, I believe there's an important lesson to be learned from the film. It's easy for people to see someone walk by them who seems different and strange. It's tempting to make judgements about these people. However, Joker serves as a reminder that we owe it to others to show compassion to everyone. There's lots of people who may seem like weird oddballs, but deep down, are sympathetic people who need our help and support. If we all work together, we can prevent people from going down the same path as the Joker.