The Batman Review
Where Ben Affleck portrayed him as a superhero and Christian Bale portrayed him as a billionaire, Robert Pattinson gives us the detective version of Batman. Clocking in just shy of three hours, this film focuses on following Batman and Jim Gordon as they try and solve a series of crimes that could ultimately tear Gotham City apart. While it’s the longest and most recent Batman movie, it doesn’t really have much new to offer outside of a slightly more realistic take on the character and a darker and more savage tone.
This is not another origin story. While there are little bits of exposition explaining this Batman’s backstory, the film jumps right into Batman’s second year as the caped crusader. This interpretation of Batman is by far the most violent and grittiest of all the theatrical releases. The film makes good use of its PG-13 rating, taking it to its limit on more than one occasion.
Pattinson does a convincing job playing Batman but his performance as a whole comes off as flat and largely forgettable, especially his representation of Bruce Wayne. That’s still better than being a bad Batman though. Compared to those before him, Pattinson’s performance lies somewhere in the middle. More towards the top than bottom. The same can’t be said for his co-stars however who do a much better job reprising the roles of The Riddler, Jim Gordon, Catwoman, and the Penguin (Paul Dano, Jeffery Wright, Zoë Kravitz and Colin Farrell respectively).
For being nearly three hours, the movie does an excellent job in terms of pacing with only a few moments that drag. The film excels at establishing some really tense moments that help to move the runtime along. Though few, the action scenes are exciting and entertaining without feeling over-the-top. Also worth mentioning is the new suit Batman wears along with a brand new, jet engine, muscle-car-inspired, Batmobile.
In terms of negatives, without spoiling anything, the ending just kind of happens. As if the director wasn’t sure how to make a climactic ending, similar to how the last film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy felt. The chemistry between Batman and Catwoman feels awkward and forced. The set designs were hit and miss. Some of which looked as if they started designing and never stopped. The interior of Wayne manor, for example. The sound editing was also noticeably off in spots where the soundtrack was louder than the dialogue or characters were yelling so loudly that it became distorted and inaudible. Lastly, those hoping to see the Rogues Gallery of villains may be disappointed at the lack of cameos. Not absence, lack. Minor complaints but still worth noting.
All in all, The Batman works as an entertaining detective story that may be a bit too violent, too long or too boring for anyone under the recommended age of 13. It’s like Se7en without the R rating and the main characters are replaced with Batman and Detective Gordon.
Recommended for Batman fans who are happy with “more Batman” and those who enjoy an easy-to-follow detective story with a bit of an edge.
Note: There is no traditional post mid or post credit scene.