Updated: Apr 29, 2022
*This review contains spoilers
If you come out of this movie with a dirt taste still in your mouth, it's done its job. Matt Reeves' (War For Planet Of The Apes 2017) directorial debut as the next-in-line Batman franchise came as gritty, grimy, and emotionally driven as most fans would expect. With Robert Pattinson (Tenet 2020) as the emotionally distraught Bruce Wayne trying to navigate his way through crime-filled Gotham City, this version of the caped crusader proved acceptable by most fans. While trying to uncover the city's corruption from mob bosses, government officials, and the police, Bruce Wayne meets his intriguing love interest, Selina Kyle (Zoe Kravitz).
Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. The Wrap.
The Batman depicts the early stages of the crime-fighting hero often times awkwardly tense in situations where other depictions of him are as smooth as can be. Pattinson does a wonderful job of creating Bruce Wayne struggling with his emotions and finding his true self throughout the film. This theme is magnified by the villain, The Riddler (Paul Dano), when he is questioned through a riddle as one of the clues.
Of course, we'll have to compare this rendition of the caped crusader to its previous installments from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008). Reeves does a great job at introducing a hurting Bruce Wayne trying to find meaning and uncovering his family's involvement with Gotham City's corruption, but oftentimes the film drags on in order to do this. The introduction of characters is really well done but doesn't have the action and on-your-toes excitement The Dark Knight brought. Still, if DC decides to continue with Reeves at the helm, it does have the potential to rival Nolan's version. If the introduction of new villains the consistency of the grimy and gritty feel we get from this film stays the same, it could be the next big hit.
Photo via CNET.
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