Batman is one of the greatest superheroes to ever grace the pages of comic books, but, as a general rule, he tends to be a bit of a loner. Sure, he’s had his fair share of sidekicks and allies over the years and is a founding member of the Justice League, but, despite all of that, Bats appears to prefer working alone. That being said, he’s one of DC’s most popular characters so it makes sense that DC would try and market him as much as possible and one of the ways they’ve done that is through crossovers. For whatever reason, fans seem to love seeing their favorite characters from different universes meet.
As always, the rankings on a list like this are going to be a bit subjective, but we have tried to factor in the quality of the story, the artwork, and the strenght of the concept. If the idea of a crossover makes us excited to read it then it will probably rank fairly high on his solely because events like these are all about generating excitement and buzz.
15. Batman Meets Scooby-Doo
Undoubtedly the silliest entry on this list, it might also be the first Batman crossover that our readers encountered, considering the kid-friend nature of Scooby Doo. Given the serious nature of most of the crossovers on this list, and Batman himself these days, these movies are rather cringeworthy by today’s standards, but considering it was released 1972 and meant for children, we’ll give it a pass.
in terms of characterization and plot, this one definitely draws from the 1960s Adam West show. It isn’t as funny as a good as that show, but it contains the same campy storylines and absurd characters. Batman and Robin are civic-minded do-gooders and the Joker is closer to Cesar Romero than Heath Ledger. In fact, the Scooby’ gang’s average run of the mill real estate scam monster of the week might have been made a more worthy challenge than this movie’s Joker and Penguin.
14. The Darkness/Batman
Batman is, like the animals that whose name he bears, is a creature of darkness. He uses it as a both a shield an d a weapon, a tool to both flee from and ambush his foes. Aside from simply looking cool, the theme of darkness is a good one because everyone has a natural fear of the darkness. You don’t know what’s out there. It could be nothing or it could be a 6’3 billionaire ninja ready to kick your ass for purse snatching.
So what happens when you take Batman’s greatest weapon and turn it against him? Well, the Darkness/Batman sought to answer that question by taking Top Cow’s most famous demonic-possessed mobster to Gotham City. Jackie, Estacado was originally a low-rate enforce for the New York mob, but, on his 21st birthday, the Darkness, an ancient primordial force, awoke within him.
Batman/Darkness has some really good fight scenes and does a good job of showing Batman’s ability to adapt to new situations. Also, we get a really nice moment where Gordon gets to save the day and we don’t see enough of those.