The Batman

In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.

  • Released: 2022-03-01
  • Runtime: 176 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Alex Ferns, Jayme Lawson, Rupert Penry-Jones, Con O'Neill, Vic Waghorn, Dave Simon, Amy Clare Beales, Joseph Balderrama, Todd Boyce, Andreea Helen David, Gil Perez-Abraham, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Elliot Warren, Mark Killeen, Bern Collaço, Angela Yeoh, Jay Lycurgo, John Wolfe, Elijah Baker, Will Rowlands, Amanda Blake, Obie Matthew, Alfredo Tavares, Kosha Engler, Stuart Whelan, Elena Saurel, Daniel Eghan, Phil Aizlewood, Bernardo Santos, Kiran Asahan, Kenny-Lee Mbanefo, Tiago Martins, Amber Sienna, Sid Sagar, Ed Kear, Ruth Horrocks, Leemore Marrett Jr., Bharat Mistri, Nichola Jean Mazur, Mike Cappozola, Swaylee Loughnane, Albert Giannitelli, Susan Gillias, Paul Whelligan, Rodrig Andrisan, Chosen Wilkins, Tony McCarthy, Heider Ali, Maggie Bakir, Douglas Bunn, Evan A. Dunn, Janine Harouni, Lorraine Tai, Juke Hardy, Adam Rojko Vega, Annishia Camilla Lunette, Iana Saliuk, Craig Douglas, Luke Roberts, Stella Stocker, Oscar Novak, Archie Barnes, Peter MacDonald, Barry Keoghan, Hana Hrzic, Joseph Walker, Sandra Dickinson, Douglas Russell, Lorna Brown, Stefan Race, Akie Kotabe, Jack Bennett, Andre Nightingale, Richard James-Neale, James Eeles, Ezra Elliott, Itoya Osagiede, Stewart Alexander, Marcus Onilude, Brandon Bassir, Will Austin, Chabris Napier-Lawrence, Philip Shaun McGuinness, Craige Middleburg, Spike Fearn, Urielle Klein-Mekongo, Bronson Webb, Madeleine Gray, Ste Johnston, Arthur Lee, Parry Glasspool, Jordan Coulson, Hadas Gold, Pat Battle, Bobby Cuza, Dean Meminger, Roma Torre, Amanda Hurwitz, Joshua Eldridge-Smith, Daniel Rainford, Nathalie Armin, José Palma, Kazeem Tosin Amore, Peter McDonald, Muneeb Ibni Usuf, Rodrig Andrisan, George Symmans
  • Director: Matt Reeves, George Symmans
  • bosullivan2-719-143250 - 11 January 2023
    The Batman we thought we needed
    I've a new found appreciation for the Chris Nolan Batman movies. I've always enjoyed them but now I admire more their ability to balance raw grittiness with cheesy comic book fun.

    The new Batman movie takes itself way too seriously without been serious enough. Not taking its characters seriously. Alfred. Bruce Wayne. Carmine Falcone. All under developed. Batman, Gordan, catwoman and Riddler are good. But rest of cast may as well be cardboard cutouts.

    It feels like the movie Seven. But never ventures down what makes Seven incredible. So you find yourself wishing you were watching Seven instead.

    The style of storytelling is painful at times. Too much of the plot is told through overly long exposition dumps at the Bat signal roof top and overly convenient voice messages. Thrillers rely on this style of storytelling to find out the characters motives, history and who'd done it but it's executed poorly here.

    If you're going to do an R-Rated Batman Detective movie then do an R-Rated Dedective movie. Don't chicken out. Show us the SAW like killings. And brutal deaths. If you're not then show us an exciting Batman movie. With a powerful movie score.

    Unfortunately the new Batman movie does neither. Just about makes it over the finish line way too late with a whimper. Don't get me wrong, there's flashes of brilliance. But before you know it the scene is over and you're back to broodying boring Batman.
  • antoniotambornino - 7 January 2023
    Easily Worth Seeing At Least Once
    This movie is dark, even gritty, without being as difficult to watch. It also doesn't feel drawn out. Some movies try to cram substance and style with up to 8 main characters in a slot of just under 3 hours.

    The Batman glosses over origin stories and introductions to allow all the characters shown to exist in this piece while keeping things grounded and gritty. This is a smart move considering many people are now familiar with the majority of the characters given the most screen time, and considering how the more recent Justice League movies decided to give more time than necessary to showing us moments that didn't really need rehashing. For whatever reason, Zack Snyder decided to keep in the final film watching Bruce Wayne lose his parents. Perhaps he felt there an emotional stick there.

    The cast isn't as memorable in this piece as actors from previous entrees are, and perhaps the biggest reason for that is Robert Pattinson. Though his task for half this film is to merely stand somewhere, he still commands a strong presence. To Pattinson's credit his performance is neither campy nor overplayed. While wearing the cowl he manages to portray an intense character well. While out of the cowl, it's not hard to see how some think he simply looked too pretty for someone meant to fill the lead role in a movie that's supposed to be part crime thriller.

    The biggest surprise casting wise was Colin Ferrell. He somehow disappears behind the fat, balding and scarred Penguin.

    Michael Giacchino's score isn't as memorable as other works he's done, but his music helps maintain the tone without giving the film a rushed or panicky feeling.

    The Batman manages to give nods the Dark Knight trilogy, to Batman: The Animated Series, as well as to Hitchcock films, and deservedly so. There's suspense in almost every scene, without being overly gripping.

    What may be a disappointment to some is the lack of the whimsical nature that came packed in the Adam West show, and the earlier Batman and Friends animated series. Sorry folks, The Batman, this time around, isn't a parody.