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The Batman Film Review

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Released on the 4th of March 2022, ‘The Batman’ is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman; starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, and Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, this film was directed by Matt Reeves, who also wrote the screenplay along with Peter Craig. Read on for a full review on what I thought of the film. 

The plot is as follows:

Batman ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.

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‘The Batman’ is produced by DC Films, 6th & Idaho, and Dylan Clark Productions, as well as distributed by Warner Bros Pictures. It is a reboot of the Batman film franchise, directed by Matt Reeves, who also wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. The film itself is set in Batman’s second year of fighting crime, in which he uncovers the corruption in Gotham City while pursuing Riddler, the serial killer who targets Gotham City’s elites.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Considering the film is three hours long, I feel that it exceeded my expectations; I enjoyed every part of the film – some less than others but read on for an explanation – and so I would not mind sitting through the three hours again, not to mention through the amazing soundtrack again. However, while we are on that, there were times when the music overpowered some of the scenes in the film and I felt myself paying closer attention to the music than what was actually happening.

Parts of the film I enjoyed were mainly all action scenes with fight sequences, as well as the crime solving detective work done by Batman. A scene I wish was developed on, is the part when Selena Kyle goes undercover to the club while Bruce Wayne, or Batman, watched everything and recorded everyone’s face profiles. Additionally, more active involvement by Catwoman would have made the character much more exciting for me, because I felt that she was too passive and too good of a character to leave alone the way she was during the entirety of the film, other than her wanting revenge for her friend Annika and the reveal of who her father is.

At the end, the flooding seemed a little too underwhelming for me, as I was expecting The Riddler to have planned out so much more, especially after the creative methods of killing his first few victims, which brings me to my next point. There seemed to be a lack of creativity when it came to killing Bruce Wayne, or so specifically, attempting to kill him. The first two were quite brutal, but then we see a bomb mailed to Bruce Wayne, which ended up in the hands of someone else ­– this to me seemed like lazy writing.

Overall, I enjoyed the film immensely, despite the downsides, I feel that the highs were good enough to cover up everything else. If you have not already gone to see the film, make sure you do because it is definitely worth it!