The Batman: A movie review

Robert Pattinson, known for his role as the vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight and its sequels, becomes the latest addition to the list of actors who took on the role of Bruce Wayne.

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman follows the titular hero’s quest to solve the murder case of Gotham City Mayor Don Mitchell Jr, finding clues left behind by The Riddler along the way. 

While looking for answers, Batman also uncovers hidden details about his murdered parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. In this movie, Wayne is forced to come to terms with his parents’ dark secrets as part of his mission of keeping Gotham City safe.

The good

What moviegoers liked about The Batman was how it changed its superhero nature from being action-packed to being a psychological thriller. Reviewers say this cinematic iteration of one of the most iconic superheroes leaned more on Batman’s moniker of The World’s Greatest Detective instead of The Dark Knight or The Caped Crusader.

Aside from the classic noir vibe of The Batman, some reviewers also praised the message of the film about vigilantism caused by political distrust. Other aspects of the film such as the sound editing and title graphics have also been lauded, earning The Batman three nominations at the Golden Trailer Awards.

The bad

Some Batman fans criticised Pattinson’s bland portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Those who have seen the movie have also thought the superhero was like a lapdog of the police due to how closely he was working with authorities throughout the film. There was no character depth and development from the supporting cast including Jim Gordon and Catwoman.

Comic book fans pointed out how in the movie the Penguin was just like a henchman to mob boss Carmine Falcone and not a villain that poses as much of a threat as some of Batman’s rogue’s gallery. The shortage of dialogue among the main characters was also an issue for some moviegoers, saying it made Bruce Wayne/Batman look like an angsty teenager instead of a frightening vigilante when he isn’t talking.

The ugly

The most notable comment moviegoers and reviewers have about The Batman was its running time. The movie was nearly three hours long, and those who watched the movie in theatres complained they couldn’t see anything because of the inherent dark vibe of the film. 

Batman fans were also disappointed about the lack of realistic reactions from the hero while he is taking gunshots and a beating from the bad guys as well as the absence of his iconic Batarang.

Other viewers say The Batman lacked balance when it comes to its casting. Comments such as Catwoman being lacklustre and the Penguin being overdone can be seen in review sites and movie forums. Those who expected an action-packed superhero movie have expressed their disappointment and boredom as well.

The verdict

Certain parts of The Batman might be enough to tickle your brain and its plot twists could come as a surprise to you if you’re not into comic books. You can immerse yourself in the detective story that just so happens to have a superhero as the main character. But when it comes to the action scenes, The Batman just couldn’t knock it off the park. The hero himself looked overpowered and invincible compared to the people he was beating up.

Meanwhile, those who wanted a more cryptic version of The Riddler might be disappointed by how simple his riddles are and how straightforward his approach to plunging Gotham City into chaos is. Overall, The Batman is somewhat mediocre.

Keep visiting Bombay 60 for detailed reviews of the latest movies.

Robert Pattinson, known for his role as the vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight and its sequels, becomes the latest addition to the list of actors who took on the role of Bruce Wayne.

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman follows the titular hero’s quest to solve the murder case of Gotham City Mayor Don Mitchell Jr, finding clues left behind by The Riddler along the way. 

While looking for answers, Batman also uncovers hidden details about his murdered parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. In this movie, Wayne is forced to come to terms with his parents’ dark secrets as part of his mission of keeping Gotham City safe.

The good

What moviegoers liked about The Batman was how it changed its superhero nature from being action-packed to being a psychological thriller. Reviewers say this cinematic iteration of one of the most iconic superheroes leaned more on Batman’s moniker of The World’s Greatest Detective instead of The Dark Knight or The Caped Crusader.

Aside from the classic noir vibe of The Batman, some reviewers also praised the message of the film about vigilantism caused by political distrust. Other aspects of the film such as the sound editing and title graphics have also been lauded, earning The Batman three nominations at the Golden Trailer Awards.

The bad

Some Batman fans criticised Pattinson’s bland portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Those who have seen the movie have also thought the superhero was like a lapdog of the police due to how closely he was working with authorities throughout the film. There was no character depth and development from the supporting cast including Jim Gordon and Catwoman.

Comic book fans pointed out how in the movie the Penguin was just like a henchman to mob boss Carmine Falcone and not a villain that poses as much of a threat as some of Batman’s rogue’s gallery. The shortage of dialogue among the main characters was also an issue for some moviegoers, saying it made Bruce Wayne/Batman look like an angsty teenager instead of a frightening vigilante when he isn’t talking.

The ugly

The most notable comment moviegoers and reviewers have about The Batman was its running time. The movie was nearly three hours long, and those who watched the movie in theatres complained they couldn’t see anything because of the inherent dark vibe of the film. 

Batman fans were also disappointed about the lack of realistic reactions from the hero while he is taking gunshots and a beating from the bad guys as well as the absence of his iconic Batarang.

Other viewers say The Batman lacked balance when it comes to its casting. Comments such as Catwoman being lacklustre and the Penguin being overdone can be seen in review sites and movie forums. Those who expected an action-packed superhero movie have expressed their disappointment and boredom as well.

The verdict

Certain parts of The Batman might be enough to tickle your brain and its plot twists could come as a surprise to you if you’re not into comic books. You can immerse yourself in the detective story that just so happens to have a superhero as the main character. But when it comes to the action scenes, The Batman just couldn’t knock it off the park. The hero himself looked overpowered and invincible compared to the people he was beating up.

Meanwhile, those who wanted a more cryptic version of The Riddler might be disappointed by how simple his riddles are and how straightforward his approach to plunging Gotham City into chaos is. Overall, The Batman is somewhat mediocre.

Keep visiting Bombay 60 for detailed reviews of the latest movies.

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