As always before I start it must be said this is a SPOILER FREE review, I’ve been waiting for The Batman ever since it was announced, especially it was revealed that Robert Pattinson would be the new Batman. Pattinson has shown over the years how talented he really is so I was definitely interested to see how great he would do here. Especially when you bring Matt Reeves into the mix who previously finished the Planet Of The Apes trilogy with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and War for the Planet Of The Apes there’s bound to be something fantastic results. There’s a lot to talk about here so let’s start with the performances and characters, Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne and Batman is simply put brilliant casting, his portrayal of the iconic character just might be my favorite of any Batman film, he takes the character and does something completely different with the character. Although we don’t really get a whole lot of Bruce Wayne we still do learn a lot about him, we learn about his feelings towards Gotham, the pain he’s going through and his relationship with the other characters. Plus we learn a lot about his backstory, through Pattinson’s narration and through some of the other characters. What really makes Pattinson’s Batman work here is his acting and emotion he puts into the role, that’s complimented well by the atmosphere which I will get to in a bit. Zoë Kravitz is really strong as Catwoman, like Pattinson she takes her character and does something completely different, the same can be said with pretty much anyone in the film. Paul Dano as The Riddler is horrifying he’s a mixture of Jigsaw and the Zodiac Killer which absolutely works here. It brings a terrifying atmosphere to the film something that really caught me off guard, then there’s the rest of the cast Collin Farrell as The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred all of which did a fantastic job. When it comes to the worldbuilding of Gotham this film does the best job, The Batman (2022) doesn’t waste a single opportunity to explore and develop Gotham. We learn about it through Pattinson’s narration, the other characters and just by looking at it which leads to the cinematography. The cinematography tells a lot of the story without the writing having to do all of the work, it’s incredibly detailed in every single way possible there’s so much to look at in each scene. The atmosphere is dark but done a lot differently, The Batman goes for a horror/thriller type atmosphere which works, sure there’s a ton of action scenes but even then it still matches the atmosphere. The characters themselves and the atmosphere compliment each other really well, they both have this sense of rawness to them which I actually think is what makes these characters so effective. Especially The Riddler who they completely changed and gave such a disturbing type feel to his character. With Batman they gave him also a raw type of feel but one that feels like he has no idea how to help out, which goes well of the film taking place a few years into Wayne being The Batman. The direction from Matt Reeves is absolutely phenomenal, he brings so much talent and atmosphere to the film, he truly knows how to build a world and have each scene tell a lot more than what is being shown. The score from Michael Giacchino is booming, there’s one particular scene that especially highlights how much it stands out which I will not spoil because this scene was just that incredible! Overall The Batman is an absolute masterclass of talent, there is so much to this film and a whole lot that I am still thinking about (saw it on Tuesday.) despite the several Batman films The Batman brings so much new to the table, it takes an iconic character and brings several different ideas and elements to the table. Hands down the best film so far this year definitely check this one out.
The Batman releases in theaters tomorrow!