During his second year of fighting crime as the Caped Crusader, Batman (Robert Pattinson) discovers dark details relating to corruption. But corruption isn’t the only major threat for The Batman. Lurking around Gotham City is a creepy serial killer who calls himself The Riddler. We soon learn that The Riddler desires to play a new game with Batman leaving clues just for him at each crime scene.
Batman is determined to uncover the truth and crack each Riddle to save the city. As more clues are given, Batman must also find the truth about his own past, leaving him questioning elements about his family, The Waynes. This version of Batman is certainly more of a thriller instead of just another action film following a superhero from one wild action stunt to the next. With The Riddler conducting various bloody kills and raising many mysteries, the question is can The Batman discover all the truths, save Gotham and stop The Riddler before it’s too late?
Many people were baffled when they heard Robert Pattinson was first announced to play Bruce Wayne (aka The Batman), but I’m excited to announce that he does an excellent job. His version of Batman is highly different to other Batman films, but it’s entertaining and impressive. Robert Pattinson is convincing in moments of action as The Batman, but his mannerisms as Bruce Wayne are also perfection. I enjoyed seeing how Pattinson handles emotion, delivers threatening stares and firmly speaks vengeance to criminals.
Side performers are all around well cast. Paul Dano was a worthy villain as The Riddler, creepy and menacing. For the sake of spoilers, that’s all I can say. Zoe Kravitz brings something delightful here, even more so whenever she interacts with Batman. Colin Farrell also stands out as Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin), and his body transformation and performance left me speechless and shocked. Jeffery Wright as Gordon nails it and thankfully is given a solid amount of screen time.
Thanks to the director Matt Reeves, we have a very impressive looking Batman film. Gotham City and the world that has been created around Batman is dark and gritty, and I enjoyed every visual moment of everything on screen. Little details like the consistent rain and creative lighting, such as use of the colour red, were also quite satisfying. The music score by Michael Giacchino packs a memorable punch with new and unforgettable themes. Sound effects are tremendous. Hearing every step and punch made by the Bat as well as his roaring Batmobile all gave me large smiles. The visual effects and the music all combine to deliver a very different Batman movie that is highly pleasing to experience on the big screen.
Overall, this is a Batman film that’s different and highly entertaining. Matt Reeves shows fans the best looking Gotham City to date. Filled with well-cast characters, especially Robert Pattinson, The Batman tells a new story that is more of a thriller than an outrageous action film. Visuals, sound effects and film musical scores are top-notch. Batman fans are in for a treat as they join the great detective on a twisty journey. The Batman (2022) is Available in Australian Cinemas from March 3rd.