STARRING: ROBERT PATTINSON, ZOE KRAVITZ, PAUL DANO, COLIN FARRELL, JEFFREY WRIGHT AND ANDY SERKIS
DIRECTED BY: MATT REEVES
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 4, 2022
The Batman is the latest iteration of the Caped Crusader to leap to the big screen starring Robert Pattinson as the new vigilante of justice. Produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures with a story from the DC Extended Universe, the 2 hour and 56 minute film has grossed worldwide an astronomical $700 million since its theatrical release on March 4th. Costing $200 million to make and amassing a $500 million profit, the next Batman movie has already been green lit by studio executives to bring back Matt Reeves as the director and Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
This Batman had a very different take than his prior representatives. With this adaptation the audience saw less of Bruce Wayne and more of The Batman. The writers, Matt Reeves and Peter Craig, presented Bruce as an Emo character who appeared to sulk in every scene with uncombed hair and 5 o’clock shadow while The Batman was seen as confident and brilliant. Within the comic book universe Batman is known as ‘The World’s Greatest Detective’ which he certainly displayed in this film.
The chosen villain was the Riddler (Paul Dano) who was the vilest that I’ve ever seen him portrayed. His sadistic side had no measure as murder meant nothing to him. The competitive match of wits between him and Batman was sheer brilliance. This overall display of the Riddler brought him out of Batman’s D-list Rogue Gallery and propelled him to the top of the class. During Batman’s investigation he engaged with several known characters within the Batman anthology which were Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), who was supposedly his love interest but the lines were blurred, the Penguin (Colin Farrell) whose make-up was remarkable, James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), who was Batman’s only friend within the police department and Carmine Falcone (John Tutturro) who stole ever scene that he was in.
The Batman had a good plot, decent action sequences and the acting was above average. This film, although it had a PG-13 rating, was much edger and more violent than its predecessors which was alright with me. I highly recommend that you see this film in theaters.