Irish actor Cillian Murphy has developed a prolific career, appearing in numerous movies and television shows, from 28 Days Later (2002) and Sunshine (2007) to Inception (2010) and Peaky Blinders (2013 – 2019). Outside of these roles, the actor has also appeared as a Batman villain in multiple Batman movies – but what are they?

How many Batman movies have featured Cillian Murphy? Read on for details…


Cillian Murphy in Batman movies

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To date, Cillian Murphy has appeared in three Batman movies, all directed by Christopher Nolan. In all three pictures he played the role of Dr. Jonathan Crane aka the Scarecrow.

Murphy made his debut as Jonathan Crane in 2005’s Batman Begins, as the lead doctor at Arkham Asylum – an asylum for the criminally insane. Crane uses his position to experiment on patients and later reveals himself to be the villainous Scarecrow.

In 2008, Murphy reappeared in The Dark Knight. His role was much smaller in The Dark Knight than it was in Batman Begins, appearing briefly as the Scarecrow in an altercation with Batman.

Murphy’s third appearance in a Batman movie came in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. In this film, Crane played judge, jury and executioner in a court of his own making, with a collection of Gotham City officials on trial.


Cillian Murphy’s Batman movie appearances in order:

  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

By appearing in the above three films, Murphy has the distinction of being the only actor to play a Batman villain in three consecutive movies.


In addition to the three live-action Batman movies, Cillian Murphy also voiced the character of Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow for the 2005 Batman Begins game which was released as a tie-in with the movie. Published by EA Games, Batman Begins: The Game was released on GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance.


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