The Batman movie review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz wow in the movie blockbuster thriller THE BATMAN!

Now that we’ve been given the green light to give reviews on The Batman, here goes!

The response to our posts on THE BATMAN have been amazing and our coveage of the Batman film premiere was trending online too, so thank you. Now onto the business of RPatz.

Bruce Wayne tells us in a gloomy voiceover early in The Batman, “is a tool.” He’s talking about how the presence of the Batman can be used to intimidate bad guys, but it’s also possible writer/director Matt Reeves took this to heart for his approach to rebooting the famous superhero. This is the scariest Batman yet. Right from the violent opening scene, the message is clear: this is not your mother’s Caped Crusader.
This is a creeping, angry, white-knuckle-inducing psychological thriller with a heavy dose of crime noir – and believe it or not, Reeves absolutely pulls it off, achieving a grimly beautiful masterpiece.

Zoe Kravitz and Robert Pattinson lead stars at London premiere of The Batman

It’s gritty realism is most similar to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but this is a refreshingly bold new cinematic take on the Dark Knight.

The Batman, on the other hand, is still very much a Batman tale in a surprisingly loyal way. It pulls from and remixes various storylines from the comics in daring yet respectful fashion, all while being very different from what we’ve seen on the big screen up to this point.

For one thing, it’s not a Batman origin story. Reeves knows we know Thomas and Martha Wayne are dead, and he correctly assumes we don’t need to see them get gunned down yet again. Instead, we’re dropped right into Batman and Jim Gordon’s vigilante/detective partnership. It takes place late enough in Bruce Wayne’s story to not retread scenes we’ve already seen a million times, but early enough that he’s still got a lot of growing to do before he’s the nigh-flawless superhero. We don’t see the beginning, but we do see plenty of development, as well as some clever callouts and additions to the histories of several Gotham families.

Whenever Pattinson and Dano face off, it’s impossible to look away.

Dano’s Riddler is easily the best live-action Batman villain since Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Colin Farrell and Jeffrey Wright, too, are formidable as The Penguin and Jim Gordon, respectively, with both responsible for a few very welcome moments of levity.

What are movie critics saying about The Batman

The Batman is fantastic! A three hour story that feels focused on the caped crusader, instead of his villains, which are still very present here! Pattinson kills it as a tormented Bruce Wayne. Tone overall reminded me of films like Zodiac and Se7en. Some choices might upset fans.

This Batman movie we’ve been waiting for. A detective film noire with a splash of 90’s grunge aesthetics delivering a gripping complex narrative that forces you to pay attention. No one else but Robert Pattinson could have been this Batman!

What a movie! The Batman is a dark crime noir that floors you from start to finish. This isn’t just one of the most Unique comic book movies to date…. It is easily the BEST Batman Adaptation YET & Yes Robert Pattinson is everything the trailers have promised you & more. He is INCREDIBLE!

This is the Batman movie I have always wanted! A straight up detective story full of twists and turns that didn’t feel like 3 hours at all. Robert Pattinson is perfect for this version of Bruce/Batman. I cannot wait to see more of this world Matt Reeves is building.

The Batman is the BEST crafted Batman film of ALL TIME. Robert Pattinson is PERFECT for the role & Matt Reeves’ direction shines with all departments firing on all cylinders. A masterful technical achievement that becomes one of the greatest comic book movies of all time

The Batman is unlike any other Batman film before it. The plot is grounded in reality, even more so than Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.


The Batman is a gripping, gorgeous, and, at times, genuinely scary psychological crime thriller that gives Bruce Wayne the grounded detective story he deserves. Robert Pattinson is great as a very broken Batman, but it’s Zoe Kravitz and Paul Dano who steal the show, with a movingly layered Selina Kyle/Catwoman and a terrifyingly unhinged Riddler. Writer/director Matt Reeves managed to make a Batman movie that’s entirely different from the others in the live-action canon, yet surprisingly loyal to Gotham lore as a whole. Ultimately, it’s one that thoroughly earns its place in this iconic character’s legacy.

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