The newest Batman film hit theatres recently, and given how Batman is my favorite superhero of all time, I was not going to miss out on this film. I have been closely watching the production of this film since it was announced a few years ago. With this in mind, every sign was pointing to this film being amazing, and it did not disappoint.
First off, the director, Matt Reeves, has a tremendous track record for his films, the film I know him from being War of the Planet of the Apes. I knew going into this that this would at least be directed very well, and it very much was. The acting and cinematography were on point throughout all of this movie. Every other scene feels like it could be a poster or wallpaper for how beautiful it can be, sometimes resulting in goosebumps. The city of Gotham is the best live-action portrayal yet and is mostly dark throughout the film on purpose. This lets the minor colors in a scene pop out gorgeously.
A thing I should state immediately as well is that Robert Pattinson is fantastic in this role. It is astonishing how many people I heard say they weren’t watching this movie because Robert Pattinson is Batman. People who state this haven’t seen any of his recent films, such as The Lighthouse or Tenet. Both of which I think he does a great job in for what his character is meant to be. This brings me to The Batman, where he is definitively my favorite Batman actor of all time. Seriously, every scene with him as the Batman in it seems like it was ripped off a comic book. He brings every trait and defining characteristic that Batman should have, and he doesn’t kill people (on purpose). That was meant to be a jab at Zach Snyder, but I will say Batman still does technically kill some people very clearly in this film, specifically in one scene. It’s not a spoiler, just if you pay attention to the background in one scene it is impossible to ignore how much chaos he is inflicting.
Every other actor does a great job too, specifically Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, and Jeffrey Wright. They all bring a dimension to their comic book characters, and every one of them is the best live-action portrayal of their characters just like Robert Pattinson. Paul Dano as the Riddler is easily the creepiest Ridler yet as well. He takes a lot of cues from famous serial killers like Jigsaw. The way he murdered people in this film also reminded me of Zodiac, with his cryptic puzzles. He doesn’t do as good as Heathe Ledger as the Joker, but that was a given for how good he is in The Dark Knight. Plus, I only draw the comparison because there are similarities in their characters from each of these films.
This does bring up another point as well, I think this movie is better than The Dark Knight, but that does not mean I hate The Dark Knight. I love that film, the only problem is, I think every character is done well in The Batman, whilst not so much in The Dark Knight. Don’t get me wrong, The Dark Knight has one mind-blowing performance, but the rest, I’m not the biggest fan of personally. Christian Bale is fine, if not annoying sometimes, and every other character is good but not the best versions as of now.
Back to The Batman, this movie is greatly entertaining for how long its runtime is. The mystery is so engaging, and the action is minimal for a Batman movie, but still fantastic when we get some. I will get into very slight spoilers, but the batmobile scene still gives me chills four days after seeing the movie. How it is introduced is indescribable, and it is just a car. Many shots and scenes do this in the movie, where the cinematography is so beautiful, you can’t look away. Plus, the soundtrack and score compliment the shots perfectly, so that helps too.
In conclusion, The Batman (2022) is my favorite Batman movie of all time, in my top 3 superhero movies of all time, and is one of the greatest films I’ve seen. With that in mind, I only had one problem, but that is a major spoiler. I will say for those who have watched it, an unnecessary appearance is made and it feels way too forced in. Other than that, I have no major complaints, and I give this movie a 96% on my rating scale.