Here we go. Another year. Another Batman. This time, Robert Pattinson dons the title of the Caped Crusader, in the newest adaptation of this comic book legend, directed by Matt Reeves.
The latest narrative follows Batman’s investigation of Gotham’s newest menace, The Riddler (Paul Dano) a sadistic serial killer, who is targeting Gotham’s key political figures. While Batman begins to uncover the truth about the city’s corruption, he discovers his family’s connections.
I must admit, I wasn’t over the moon with a new Batman, especially with Pattinson as lead. I love him as an actor and admire how far he’s come since his sparkly Twilight day, but didn’t see him as Bruce Wayne OR the Batman.
In fact, when I saw the first production photos, I thought Pattinson as Bruce Wayne looked like Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance than a brooding Billionaire. However, I knew one thing was certain — anything is better than Batfleck.
However, I am very impressed by his transformation into The Batman and the film overall.
Unlike previous Batman films that dance between darkness and comic book flash, Reeves has created something completely different — a gripping and gritty crime film that feels like a chapter from Fincher’s Se7en rather than Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy.
It’s an ambitious choice to make while re-originating a beloved comic book hero, however, it totally paid off in the end, even though its almost three hour run time was unnecessary.
The casting is sublime — perhaps the most flawless ensemble a Batman film has had. The action is exciting, especially the BatMobile. Michael Giacchino’s score is powerful. The cinematography is awe-inspiring. Honestly, every cinematic element culminates into a gloomy, bold, and unexpectedly entertaining epic.
Honestly, don’t miss out on this one. It is certainly the best since The Dark Knight, if not better.
Final Thoughts: The hype is real. The Batman is a rare comic book film, that has grit, emotion and a whole lot of mystery.