Review: "The Batman"

Review: "The Batman"
Posted on 04/01/2022
The BatmanReview: The Batman
Melanie Ascoli
Staff Writer
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After almost two years and many, many production delays, The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, has finally been released in theaters. The movie was originally announced in June of 2019 and since then fans have been waiting patiently to see Batman return to the big screen.

Hype especially began to ramp up when Robert Pattinson was announced to play the titular character, with Zoe Kravitz playing Catwoman alongside him. The fact that Batman has been seen in live action so many times only added to the intrigue of the movie, as fans prepared to to compare the performances in this movie to the likes of other Gotham-centric media like Chistopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Fox’s series Gotham.

The movie features Bruce Wayne in his second year of being Batman, leaving out Batman’s origin story which has been told many times before.

Another thing that distinguishes this movie from other Batman's works is the star villain. The Joker is a household name and has been played by at least 4 different actors in live action history, so it felt like a fresh change of pace when it was revealed that the antagonist of The Batman would be the Riddler, played by Paul Dano. Dano’s performance is easily one of the highlights of the movie, as he brings a new life to a character who is often forgotten. Colin Farrell also appears as the Penguin, who acts less like a villain and more like a comedic stereotype, which is closer to his representation in the comics that the movie is based on. It is easy to tell from the trailers and promotional pieces that this movie would be incredibly dark and gritty, but that does mean it is without humor. Many fans found the movie to be unfunny, but others pointed out that there was plenty of humor, except it was mostly dry and dark, fitting to Batman's persona.

A big talking point about this movie is Pattinson’s performance and the portrayal of Bruce Wayne as well as Batman. When I say that this is a Batman centric movie, I mean it. Bruce Wayne as himself is only in the movie for a matter of minutes, and barely speaks any lines. Outside of his Batman persona he is still brooding, dark, and mysterious, clearly still affected by the trauma of his past. Whether this portrayal of Bruce works or not is up to personal opinion, as some prefer Ben Affleck’s eccentric billionaire Bruce Wayne or Christian Bale’s clever and suave portrayal.

While audiences have expressed mixed opinions about Pattinson’s Bruc Wayne, they are very much united on their opinions of Pattinson’s Batman. Batman is in costume for a vast majority of the movie and that plays to his strengths. This movie shows a Batman who is still learning, who uses detective skills, and who isn’t afraid to get violent and it is all the better for it.

This movie acts as a gritty crime drama better than it does a superhero movie, as it lacks the color, action, and plot of one. Batman does more investigating in this film than he does fighting bad guys, but this is not an entirely bad thing, it is what makes The Batman stand out from all the other movies. Even if you aren't a die hard Batman fan, I think everyone should go see this movie as it really has something for everyone no matter if you like spy movies, action movies, superheroes, or romance.


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