Review: The Batman
Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) has quietly been trying to make a difference as The Batman in Gotham. He can't be everywhere. He works closely with Lt Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) and they face a puzzling crime by a masked murderer going by The Riddler. (Paul Dano) As the stakes get higher, they realize just how deep corruption runs in Gotham.
The Batman is first and foremost a detective story. Director Matt Reeves obviously took inspiration from films like Se7en and Zodiac when he crafted this story. Se7en is one of my all time favorite films, so that worked well for me. I loved seeing Batman and Gordon work as a team. Same with Batman and Selina. (Zoe Kravitz) They ooze chemistry. As much as I love the Nolan trilogy, Christian Bale only really had good chemistry with Maggie Gyllenhaal. Here, Pattinson and Kravitz click together instantly.
I'll admit I was worried about Pattinson as Batman. His Bruce is VERY mopey, which fits with the story. My main issue with the movie, which is admittedly petty, is how Bruce treats Alfred. (Andy Serkis) Serkis' Alfred is very intriguing and I wish we would've gotten more of him, but Bruce owes him several apologies, a raise, a hug, and a long vacation. The thing about Bruce, is he's barely in it. We mostly see him as The Batman and there is where Pattinson soars.
Being a huge Paul Dano fan, I was the most excited to see him and he doesn't disappoint. His Riddler is the best version of the character I've seen in live action and it's not even close. He's a meticulous psychopath with an army of incels online. Dano's a tall dude, so his stature is brooding, especially under the mask, but when you take it off and see his boyish face, it's even more unsettling. I loved his performance.
At nearly 3 hours, I didn't feel the run time. I was entirely engrossed in what was happening and I can't wait to see this again. So is it for you? If you're a Batman fan, absolutely. Even if you're not and you love a good detective story, I highly recommend it.