10 Best Batman Crossovers, Ranked

As DC’s most successful superhero, it’s expected for Batman to take part in various comic book crossovers over the decades. Such comic events ranged from story arcs and series within DC Comics, as well as more ambitious crossovers with other publishing companies. It helps that, while best known for being a comparatively grounded character, the Dark Knight is one of the most creatively versatile heroes in the genre.



He can fit in gritty street-level stories at least nearly as well as he slides into cosmic adventures, and everything in between. From the likes of the acclaimed World’s Finest pairing Batman and Superman to the incredibly entertaining mashup with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Caped Crusader has a solid record with quality crossovers.


10 Batman/Judge Dredd Sees the Two At Odds Over Gotham’s Fate

Batman Judge Dredd crossover

Release Date

December 1991

Created By

John Wagner, Alan Grant, Simon Bisley

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In a collaboration with publisher Fleetway, Judge Dredd crosses paths with the Batman on the latter’s home turf. In Batman/Judge Dredd, when the former’s enemy, Judge Death, uses technology to cross over into the DC universe, he attacks Gotham City and compels the Dark Knight to travel to Dredd’s world.

Tonally, the edgy grit of Judge Dredd and his world is an interesting setting for a conflict involving Batman, making the Batman/Judge Dredd series one of the most ideal intercompany collaborations. The Judge’s authoritarian characteristics also serve as a similarly intriguing dark parallel for Batman, leading to an uneasy alliance that’s entertaining to see play out against a greater threat.

9 Batman/Grendel is a Gritty Crime-Noir Showdown

Batman and Grendel racing at each other

Release Date

January 1993

Created By

Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner has written and illustrated some underrated solo Batman comics before, and he pit his original creation against him in Batman/Grendel. A dangerous assassin and villain who dominates New York’s criminal underworld, Grendel decides to test his mettle against the Dark Knight in Gotham City.

As both a concept and in execution, Batman/Grendel is an ideal comic book crossover, as both characters seamlessly flex their best assets in crime-noir stories. Wagner’s assassin is a compelling villain on his own terms, but since his characteristics could easily make him a regular Batman villain under DC’s banner, these books make Grendel an ideal antagonist within the hero’s sandbox.

A dark version of Batman looking scary surrounded by an orange background in Dark Knights Metal.

Release Date

June 2017

Created By

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia

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Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s mainline Batman comics were some of the best of the 2010s, and the team took a wild turn with their Dark Nights: Metal crossover. After unleashing seven evil versions of himself, Batman and the rest of the Justice League desperately try to prevent the Barbatos-led cabal from laying waste to the entire multiverse.

Dark Nights: Metal puts Batman at the core of its story, but it has widespread implications with other heroes and villains of the DC world, unabashedly embracing its over-the-top concept. This series blends the DC pantheon’s dense mythos with cosmic-level threats, culminating in an incredibly entertaining rock-themed action story.

7 Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teamed The Classic Heroes Together

Batman posing with the Turtles on the cover of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release Date

December 2015

Created By

James Tynion IV, Freddie Williams II

Of the more contemporary Batman crossovers, the hero’s collaboration with IDW’s canon for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is among the most popular. James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II’s Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have the latter team of heroes get transported to DC’s Gotham City, where they eventually team up with the Dark Knight.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is another showcase of how well the brooding vigilante meshes with other colorful characters, with the Ninja Turtles doing well to fit within the atmosphere of Batman’s gritty world. The series and its successors manage to effortlessly blend the grittiness of both characters’ universes with fun comedic levity.

6 Batman and the Outsiders Collects an Underated Superhero Team

Batman with his team of Outsiders in their debut comic book series.

Release Date

August 1984

Created By

Mike Barr, Jim Aparo

Over the decades, Batman has been a part of — and even led — several superhero teams. The Mike Barr and Jim Aparo-led Batman and the Outsiders follows one of the lesser-known teams, as the Dark Knight leaves the Justice League to form a group of crimefighters willing to bend and break the rules.

Batman and the Outsiders is one of the more underrated crossovers the DC icon has been a part of, providing a colorful new wider cast of heroes to spotlight. On top of being a solid crossover and ensemble story, this series was a great way to give heroes like Katana and Black Lightning time to shine with Batman functioning somewhat as their springboard.

5 Batman/The Flash: The Button Played A Big Role In DC Rebirth

Batman and the Flash holding the Watchmen button in the Batcave in DC Comics

Release Date

April 2015

Created By

Tom King, Jason Fabok, Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter

Tom King, Joshua Williamson, Jason Fabok, and Howard Porter brought the mainline Batman and Flash books for The Button event. This crossover story arc sees the two team up to investigate the mysterious button that appeared in the Batcave — and triggering the ire of Reverse-Flash along the way.

The Button is an engaging story on multiple levels, first and foremost for giving more deserved attention to how well the Dark Knight and the Scarlet Speedster work together. The petty, spiteful Eobard Thawne is a fantastic villain to throw against them for how unapologetically evil he is, and the story worked well to pave the way for the Watchmen event Doomsday Clock.

4 Dark Knights of Steel Is Game Of Thrones Meets DC Comics

dark-knights-of-steel

Release Date

November 2021

Created By

Tom Taylor, Yasmine Putri

Though high fantasy isn’t typical of superhero fare, Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri’s Dark Knights of Steel is a welcome amalgam of the genres. Set in an alternate canon, this fantasy world sees the land’s leading monarch is Jor-El, who escaped the destruction of Krypton with Lara and Kal, with Batman serving as a monster-hunting knight.

Dark Knights of Steel is a thrilling and inventive rendition of these beloved characters, Batman and otherwise, flexing the narrative capabilities that these heroes, villains, and the DC multiverse as a whole can be molded into. Though the release schedule halted the series’ pacing somewhat, this series is a refreshing take on conventional DC canon.

3 The Brave and the Bold is a Classic Team-Up Anthology

Bronze Age Batman and Flash team up in The Brave and the Bold comic

Release Date

August 1955

Created By

Various

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Though it wasn’t squarely a Batman book, DC’s The Brave and the Bold is a classic crossover series. The overall premise for the comic was to have various of the publisher’s heroes team up on occasion, and it’s served as the platform for some of Batman’s best collaborations as well.

The Brave and the Bold has seen several talented writers and artists lend their talents to the series and the Caped Crusader’s more adventurous crossovers. It’s a great change of pace for seeing Batman’s world collide with his contemporaries, with team-ups alongside the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and even some otherwise overlooked pairings like Deadman being among the highlights.

2 Superman/Batman Was An Excellent Team-Up Book

Superman/Batman Volume 1 Jeph Loeb Cover With Superman And Batman Together

Release Date

October 2003

Created By

Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuiness

Outside the Bat-Family and Gotham City in general, the Man of Steel is one of Batman’s greatest friends, and the Superman/Batman series highlights this dynamic. The long-running series was kicked off by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness, showing off the heroes’ nuanced relationship and crime-fighting ventures.

Superman/Batman is a much-welcome focus on these two characters as comrades and friends, especially with the way their thoughts and perspectives are presented in contrast with one another. More important, though, is how they overcome these ideological differences to work well together toward their shared altruistic goals. This is particularly well conveyed during Loeb’s tenure on the series.

1 World’s Finest Lives Up to Esteemed Moniker

A split image of Superman and Batman

Release Date

March 2022

Created By

Mark Waid, Dan Mora

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As well-received as the preceding Superman/Batman series was, writer Mark Waid and artist Dan Mora’s World’s Finest might be the perfect successor. Set earlier in the superhero careers of both of these iconic DC superfriends, Batman and Superman team up in a string of vibrant and fantastical exploits.

World’s Finest has been acclaimed as one of the best ongoing books under the current DC Comics initiative, paying homage to the days of Silver Age campiness but through a more modernized and stylish lens. From fighting prophetic world-conquering demons to being warped into the Kingdom Come universe — also written by Waid — this series will go down as one of Batman and Superman’s most compelling crossovers in equal measure.

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