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From the Batmobile to Captain America’s Corvette, vehicles from the Marvel and DC Comics universes have been the stars of many fast-paced car chases through the years.

In fact, the most memorable superhero car chase is in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (2012). That’s according to new research conducted by Quotezone.co.uk, ahead of the release of The Batman this Friday (March 4th). The new index study evaluates the number of YouTube views, likes, dislikes, and IMDb ratings to determine the biggest car chase scenes from superhero films.

The Results

RankMovie: SceneYouTube ViewsIMDB Film rating / 10No. of Likes per DislikeTotal score / 10
1The Dark Knight Rises (2012): Batman’s first appearance chase17,477,5068.0417.9
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Nick Fury and police chase37,449,4037.7337.5
3Deadpool (2016): Car fight scene4,366,5508.0417.1
4The Dark Knight (2008): Batpod sequence chase3,241,6059.0346.6
5Batman Begins (2005): Black tank, Tumbler chase3,142,9768.2396.2
6Captain America: Civil War (2016): Black Panther chase4,272,7407.8286.1
7Black Widow (2021): Budapest car chase scene2,331,3666.71595.6
8Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016): Batmobile chase5,182,9096.4205.7
9The Avengers (2012): Loki escaping with Tesseract174,2348.0934.8
10Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018): Car chase scene494,5937.0464.5

Top 10 Car Chases

Quotezone.co.uk can reveal that The Dark Knight Rises (2012) has the most popular superhero car chase, scoring 7.9 out of a possible 10. Iconic for the triumphant return of Batman (Christian Bale) from the darkness, the car chase scene involves the police, Batman, and of course, the villain Bane (Tom Hardy) racing through the streets of Gotham City. This chase scene has amassed 17,477,506 YouTube views and a like-to-dislike ratio of 41:1.

In second place, with a score of 7.5 out of 10, is the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which sees the police chasing Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). With over 37 million YouTube views, it has been watched over two times more than the car chase in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (17,477,506 views). Despite thatthe scene places second due to having a lower overall like-to-dislike ratio (33:1). 

In third place is a scene from Deadpool (2016) with 7.1 out of 10, which shows Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) jumping off a bridge in his attempt to hunt Francis down and get his revenge. This heart-racing car chase has accumulated 4,366,550 views on YouTube – 87% more than the Budapest car chase featured in Black Widow (2021), which finished in seventh place (2,331,366).

Another car chase from the Batman series races into fourth place, this time involving Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as The Joker behind the wheel in The Dark Knight (2008). The scene, which starts with Batman’s Tumbler seamlessly transforming into the Batcycle before riding off after the Joker, scored an overall 6.6 out of 10. With 3,241,605 YouTube views to date, it was seen only 3% more times than the chase scene in 2005’s Batman Begins (3,142,976 views), in fifth place.

Four car chases scenes from the Batman franchise make the top 10

Interestingly, Batman films seem to give fans the most memorable car chase scenes of all the superheroes. Out of the top 10, four scenes are from this superhero franchise. The ‘Tumbler chase’ from Batman Begins (2005) comes in fifth place with a score of 6.2 out of 10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) scores well enough to come in eighth place with 5.7/10.

Please find the full dataset here, along with YouTube videos of all 16 superhero car chase scenes analysed.

Methodology

  1. Quotezone.co.uk analysed publications like entertainment.time.com, screenrant.com and discover.hubpages.com for frequently mentioned superhero car chase scenes, and selected the most consistently listed choices. This was used as a seed list to obtain the most popular superhero movies featuring car chase scenes.
  2. Subsequently, YouTube was utilised to find the most watched superhero car chase scene of the most popular films (sorted by view count). To get accurate results, the following phrases were used in the search: “car chase + [film name]”.
  3. The number of views, likes and dislikes for each superhero car chase’s most-watched video was collected from YouTube.
  4.  Quotezone.co.uk utilised IMDb to collect the ratings of each film’s car chase scene.
  5. In order to create a final index score out of 10, the percentrank function on Excel was used.
  6. Each car chase scene was ranked in descending order considering the total YouTube views, YouTube like/dislike ratio and the movie’s IMDB rating. The scores per criteria were then totalled to find which was the highest-rated overall. 
  7. Data was obtained on 22/02/22 and is subject to change.
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