The Batman (2022) Movie Review

When the Riddler, a sadistic serial killer, begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement.

If you’ve been yearning for a darker, brooding, more pensive Batman movie, then you’re in for a bat-treat!

Matt Reeves’ The Batman takes us deep into the streets of Gotham City like never before with its crime, corruption, and everyone’s favorite caped crusader. This interpretation is different, albeit slower, but definitely taps into the detective mystery aspect of the Dark Knight’s escapades.

The film runs for nearly 3 hours and while it’s long, most of it keeps you on the edge of your seat with the suspense, thrills, and a few instances that make you relive that first wow moment you saw Batman on the big screen.

There were standout performances by Robert Pattinson in his debut as Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Gordon, Colin Farrell as Penguin, and Andy Serkis as Alfred. Many of the movie’s big scenes were briefly featured in the trailers leading up to the release but don’t worry, there are a couple of twists you probably won’t see coming (and a nice little teaser in one of the final scenes).

I loved how this reboot explored all types of different avenues & relationships that both longtime fans and first-timers can appreciate. If we’ll get (what I believe to be) a well-deserved sequel, I hope we get to see some returns!

Beautifully shot, with amazing fight choreography, The Batman was accompanied by an eerie score by Michael Giacchino. The music never overpowered any moment and knew exactly when to elevate or pull back… but it was unfortunately easily forgettable.

Taking place only 2 years into being Batman, Pattinson’s portrayal was a perfect balance of gritty and reckless. You see him learning, revamping, and slowly growing into a wiser Bat. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Overall: 8/10

P.S. There are no mid or post-credits scenes but stick around to see the names of all the amazing cast & crew who made this movie possible!

The Batman is rated PG-13 with a running time of 175 minutes and hits theaters on March 4, 2022.

Written & directed by Matt Reeves.

Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell.

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