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"So I finally saw the movie tonight, and how was it you may ask? I FUCKING LOVED THIS MOVIE TO DEATH!!!!! This is easily my #1 favourite movie of 2022 so far, and probably will end up keeping that spot by the end of the year. I loved everything about this film, from the performances, action sequences, and story." Movie Lover 120

"This movie genuinely, really actually satisfied me. There's really nothing in this movie that I would want to be different. I love how long it is; I love how meticulous Reeves is about examining crime scenes and showing how Batman operates; I loved Pattinson in the role and everybody else in the movie. I think this fuckin' phenomenal." Chris Stuckmann

The Batman is a 2022 American epic superhero crime film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films and 6th & Idaho and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. It stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, with Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell rounding out the ensemble cast. It premiered in London on February 23, 2022, and will be theatrically released on March 4, 2022, delayed twice from an original June 2021 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended to launch a Batman shared universe, with two sequels planned and two spin-off television series featuring the Penguin and Arkham Asylum in development for HBO Max.

Why It’s Vengeance[]

  1. Despite being rated PG-13, it has very a suspenseful and serious atmosphere by doing it correctly having a darker, edgy, and more violent tone that is really fitting and done right to help the narrative than even recent DC films that tried way too hard to be dark and edgy, much like Joker.
  2. The idea of the story about the Batman who must find out to the justice about the Zodiac Killer-type villain, The Riddler, who killed the characters by committing crimes in Gotham City, is pretty original.
  3. Like Joker, Robert Pattinson did an outstanding work playing the Batman. While other Batman films like Michael Keaton and Christian Bale were fantastic casting choices at playing him and Bruce Wayne in the first two films in the Burton/Schumacher series and Dark Knight trilogy respectively, Pattinson's performance is just amazing as both, if not, even better.
    • It's also impressive that his performance is a huge improvement over Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga, considering how both characters are from bat/vampire lore, even through Batman is a normal human.
  4. It explores the Batman's second year as Gotham's Caped Crusader rather than retelling his origin story once again since it would be repeating the origin story we’ve seen countless times before.
  5. Awesome and epic action scenes, to be expected with DC movies, like the car chase between Penguin's car and the Batmobile and the final battle with Batman and Catwoman fighting the Riddler's followers in Gotham Stadium for the flood.
  6. It finally features a modern version of the Riddler who last appeared in mh:awfulmovies:Batman Forever and the Penguin who last appeared in Batman Returns.
  7. The film opens with Riddler's first murder on Halloween for Gotham City mayor Don Mitchell Jr., then we get to see how this version of Batman operates. He stalks the streets of Gotham disguised as a drifter, ready to change into Batman at a moment’s notice and he does so when a group of thugs accosts a traveler on the subway.
  8. It serve as a stand-alone film unconnected to other DC universes, like the DC Extended Universe, which means the film doesn't need to do fan service and connect to other films in order to hint them.
  9. Zoë Kravitz playing as Selina Kyle / Catwoman in this movie again after she voiced the character in The Lego Batman Movie.
  10. Carmine Falcone was played by an Italian American actor (John Turturro).
  11. While it was almost three hours long, there is nothing considered boring at times since the pacing works well so we can explore the elements in the film unlike mh:awfulmovies:Eternals.
  12. Robert Patterson (Batman) and Zoë Kravitz (Catwoman) have interesting chemistry.
  13. Amazing direction from Matt Reeves, the director of Cloverfield and the modern Planet of the Apes trilogy.
  14. The Riddler is an excellent villain who has the most unique motivation rather than a "generic doomsday villain". His design is also awesome, considering that this time he's a Zodiac Killer-type villain, making him a creative villain.
  15. The Penguin is also an amazing villain, who is inspired by characters from The Godfather. His popularity was helped by Colin Farrell's performance.
  16. Michael Giacchino's soundtrack is really unique and arguably one of the best soundtracks in the movie, so what else do you expect?
    • The full 6-minute version of Michael Giacchino's Batman theme is a majestic mixture of dread, loss, and triumph befitting of The Dark Knight's journey.
    • The first proper trailer's usage of "Something in the Way" by Nirvana combined with Michael Giacchino's new Batman theme (first glimpsed in a "camera test" teaser) really gives off the dark vibes of the Dark Knight's world.
    • The theme for the Riddler is a deeply unnerving combination of One-Woman Wail and Ominous Music Box Tune.
    • Catwoman's theme is mysterious, sensual, romantic, and calm, with a feeling of sadness and tragedy underneath it just like Catwoman herself.
    • The overall harsh and dissonant tone with a dash of a "taps" feel score can be considered a listening companion piece to either Jerry Goldsmith's First Blood and Outland scores or Alan Silvestri's Ricochet score.
  17. It draws inspiration from other media, including 1970s films such as The French Connection (1971), Klute (1971), The Godfather (1972), Chinatown (1974), All the President's Men (1976), Taxi Driver (1976), the works of Alfred Hitchcock, the comic Year One (1987) by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, The Long Halloween (1996–1997) by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, and Ego (2000) by Darwyn Cooke and Jon Babcock.
  18. An awesome cameo tease of the Joker, who appears in Arkham Asylum, during the near-ending where it was credited as "Unseen Arkham Prisoner" played by Barry Keoghan.
  19. The Bat Signal looks very clear and realistic.

Bad Qualities[]

  1. Although not the same, some people may find it confusing that Zoë Kravitz is playing the same character as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
  2. Some may criticized it for its overlong length, resulting in the pacing being slow at times.
  3. Andy Serkis as Alfred appears very rarely.
  4. Identity Politics: When Catwoman says about Mayor Mitchell, Commissioner Savage, and DA Colson, she calls them "white privileged assholes" who only care about themselves.
  5. While the soundtrack is brilliantly made, one of the musical pieces sounds awfully similar to the Imperial March song from Star Wars.
  6. There is the product placement such as Puma found 18 minutes through the movie.

Reception[]

The Batman received positive reviews from critics and widespread acclaim from audiences, with praise for the performances, visual style, direction, screenplay, action sequences, and musical score. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Batman holds an approval rating of 91% based on 119 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A grim, gritty, and gripping super-noir, The Batman ranks among the Dark Knight's bleakest -- and most thrillingly ambitious -- live-action outings.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 73 out of 100 based on 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". According to IMDb and Letterboxd, the film collected scores of 8/10 and 4.2/5 ratings.

Movie Lover 120, Chris Stuckmann, Cody Leach, and Sean Chandler have praised the film since it’s release and have called it among their favourite Batman films and films of the year

Box office[]

The Batman is projected to gross $135–185 million during its opening weekend, and around $340–540 million for its total domestic box office. Tickets for the advance IMAX screenings sold out within a day of going on sale on February 8, 2022.

Sequels[]

WarnerMedia plans to use The Batman to establish a new shared universe, and the film is intended to be the first of a Batman film trilogy. Key cast members were reported to have signed on for future films as of November 2019. In December 2021, Pattinson said he had ideas for developing Batman's character in further films, while Clark said The Batman would lay a foundation for future films to build upon. Pattinson and Reeves expressed interest in introducing Robin and featuring the Court of Owls, Calendar Man, Mr. Freeze, or Hush as villains in a sequel. A sequel was announced at CinemaCon in April 2022, with Pattinson and Reeves set to return.

Trivia[]

  • Development began in 2014. Ben Affleck, who portrayed Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), planned to direct, produce, co-write, and star, but in 2017 he chose not to direct due to dissatisfaction with his script. Reeves took over, reworked Affleck's story to focus on a younger Batman, and removed its connections to the DCEU.
  • This film is intended to launch a Batman shared universe, with two sequels planned and two spin-off television series in development for HBO Max.
  • In January 2022, The Batman received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association, despite wide speculation and internal discussions at Warner Bros. that its somber tone and violent content would lead to it being the first theatrical Batman film with an R-rating. The film was able to receive a PG-13 rating because it does not include excessive profanity or nudity. Rebecca Rubin of Variety opined that an R-rating could have hurt the film's box office potential by preventing many young males from seeing it, noting that the two previous R-rated DC films, Birds of Prey (2020) and The Suicide Squad (2021), both underperformed commercially, despite Joker being huge box office success. Reeves said that he always intended to make The Batman PG-13, and that there was not an alternate R-rated cut. He added that a PG-13 rating was one of the only studio mandates he faced.
  • The final cut runs at 176 minutes including credits, making it the longest Batman film and the third-longest superhero film as well as second-longest DC film after Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
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