The Batman

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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.

Unmask The Truth

The Batman

Review

Batman returns to the big screen, this time starring Robert Pattinson as the titular character. Directed by Matt Reeves, who is well known for his talents from the two concluding movies in the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, brings a gritty crime film noir more akin to Seven or Zodiac than a superhero movie you're used to.

Robert Pattinson gives both a menacing performance as Batman and a down-trodden weary portrayal of Bruce Wayne. Although we don't see much of his actual performance until towards the end, Paul Dano plays an intense version of The Riddler. Colin Farrell is unrecognisable as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin), hidden behind some impressive prosthetics. Zoë Kravitz as Batwoman was OK, but probably the weakest character in the movie, although she does have a few kickass set-pieces. The movie is filled with great actors, including Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Andy Serkis and Peter Sarsgaard.

Thankfully, the movie doesn't recreate the well-worn story of Bruce's parents and the whole setup of becoming Batman. I enjoyed the threat of the symbol of Batman being enough to scare criminals and collective terrorism was reminiscent of the end of Joker. The themes of corruption are pertinent and the personal arcs for both Batman and Catwoman are well written.

Fear is a tool. When that light hits the sky, it's not just a call. It's a warning.

The entire movie is grim, with rain or darkness filling most of the screen time. The soundtrack is grunge with "Something In The Way" by Nirvana working incredibly well.

Highlights include the Batmobile car chase; from the crazy sound at the start to the rocketing through the explosions conclusion and an upside perspective of Batman silhouetted by the flames. There was a superbly shot gunfight, although it was over in a flash – it reminded me a lot of the gun-flash scene at the start of Equilibrium, ironically starring a previous incarnation of Batman. There were also moments of silliness, such as funny one-liners (thumb drive) and a waddling Oz.

It isn't without its faults; it's far too long and suffers from multiple ending syndrome. Probably the darkest take on a superhero movie yet, it doesn't quite reach the same level as Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, but I'm interested to see how this progresses with the sequels.